Letters to the Editor
Vail CO, Colorado
Vail is one of my favorite places in the world! As a Vail homeowner, surgeon, and wine lover, I have attended the Taste of Vail for the last 12 years in a row. I always have been a big supporter of the Saturday night auction. Last year I purchased a group of restaurant gift certificates at the charity auction. After not receiving them after two months, I began a long series of telephone calls, two personal visits to Mickey Warners’ Alpine Liquors and finally nine e-mails and a series of telephone calls to the event organizer to get the certificates. I was treated as a nuisance with barely an apology. To date, a year later, I am still missing one of the certificates. I hope the charities that it purports to benefit are getting better treatment than I received!
Charities are so important that event organizers need to realize that their patrons deserve a professional response. Needless to say, I am not attending this year and it makes me sad and angry that one of my favorite events has treated one of its biggest supporters so shabbily. This year, I will be donating to The Carson Scholars and Angels In The OR, both groups who I know appreciate their patrons.
R.F. Davis, MD
Glen Burnie, Md.
No to home rule
It was a very anxious moment when I received my ballot in the mail today concerning home rule. The charter is a basically flawed document and I believed that we would have an honest vote that would end up defeating home rule once and for all. Once I opened the ballot, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The county commissioners, led by Peter Runyon, had approved deceptive ballot language with the obvious intent of misleading the public. The almost 30-page charter had been reduced to a four-bullet point summary that totally avoids some of the most devilish details. Nowhere is there information about the change of power and authority to the county manager away from the county commissioners. Nowhere is the complex ordinance process explained. Nowhere are there directions to where we might read the actual charter.
The truth is the victim of this effort by the commissioners and the charter committee led by Don Cohen to win at all costs. A win by dishonest means is no win at all. A no vote on this ballot is a vote for honesty in government.
Tom Stone, former Eagle County commissioner