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Thanks, Vail

Now that we’re almost settled in Jackson Hole, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Vail community for the opportunity to work for you. The nearly 10 years I spent in Vail were the best, both personally and professionally. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to live and work in such a great place.

As I reflect back upon our time in Vail, we will fondly remember the many things we often took for granted at the time. Visiting friends from up and down the valley at Hot Summer Nights at the Ford Amphitheater, the Street Beat parties, Oktoberfest and at World Cup ski races.

We will miss hikes up the Davos, Christmas Eve sleigh rides, the Fourth of July parades, watching our children participate in Tom Treat’s Red Sandstone basketball program, summer neighborhood block parties and worshiping at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. I’ll even miss Sheika’s 5 a.m. calls to discuss snow removal operations in the village. And lastly, we will miss the great skiing on Vail Mountain.

While the outside world often views Vail as simply a resort with little or no heart and soul, our family was introduced to the “real” Vail immediately upon our arrival. Strangers quickly became friends as they welcomed us with warmth and kindness. And, when we were preparing to leave, the generosity was simply extraordinary.

In looking back, I can honestly say that Vail is a very special place with wonderful, caring people. Thank you for reaching out to us and for the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships. Keep in touch.

Bob, Julie, Molly, Timmy and Duncan McLaurin

Right to speak

Re: “Letter lacking,” 5-21-03, by Michael G. Gallagher (Not the commissioner!) and his statement: “While I believe that Saddam did have, and did hide WMDs, (Joy Overbeck’s) statement that “We are finding the big, bad weapons” is a false statement.”

Actually, it is not a false statement. In 1998, photographs from both of the inspections were examined by UNSCOM, and intact R-400A bombs marked with black stripes were seen during the UNSCOM 20 inspection at Al Tabaat Airfield near Al Walid: Later some of those still-active bombs were physically located in Iraq. See http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/library/43917.htm

“Iraq has declared that it researched a number of BW agents and produced, tested, and/or weaponized B. anthracis, botulinum toxin, aflatoxin, Clostridium perfringens, and ricin,” also in the year 1998. This was seven years after all the weapons were ordered destroyed. See http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/ – which states: “In April 1991, Iraq was ordered to destroy ALL weapons of mass destruction.”

The UNSCOM ruling was not “destroy a portion of your weapons of mass destruction.” Although a number of them were subsequently destroyed in 1991, the remainder were not.

So Ms. Overbeck is correct in her statement, “We are finding the big, bad weapons” because Iraq still had WMD 12 years later in 2003, in defiance of UNSCOM.

Now onto the “born-again Christian” comments. Ms. Overbeck has a right to her opinion, whether or not we all agree with it. Apparently it is her opinion that people may dislike G.W. because he is a Christian.

Fortunately here in our great United States of America, we have the Constitution.

Within this Constitution is Amendment 1, which states in part: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech.”

To my way of thinking, this means that Ms. Overbeck and the rest of us may express our viewpoints and our religious beliefs.

In conclusion, Ms. Overbeck was correct in her factual statement of locating WMD and allowed by our Constitution to state her opinion.

Marty Lich

Gypsum

Swinging away

There are eminent anthropologists who state that the reason men seem to have been designated as at least the titular bosses of things on earth is their ability to bring protein to the group, thus stimulating life, growth and procreation.

That ability is a function of the physical reality of males’ possessing greater upper body strength than females, thus allowing males to bring down

large animals with a lot of protein in their meat back to the other folks for consumption and subsequently working themselves into positions like the head of the local school board or as gynecologists.-

So it is with Annika Sorenstam: She ran into that upper body differential. Now, whether this has to do with that extra rib thing in Genesis or some kind of monkey physiology is not for me to say.

But the difference between hitting a 3 iron or a 7 iron to the green on a par 4 is pretty serious to those people on TV who seem to have very little fashion sense. Annika did great: In the end, she ran into that upper body strength issue.

Many physicists suggest that if you use the classic measurement of “work” as the energy it takes to move a one pound object one foot, then women actually do (and have done historically) some 60-70 percent of the actual “work” done in the world.

From those early days of wrestling Brontosauruses to the ground, men have had to create “matters of consequence” (The Little Prince, Saint-Exupery, 1943) as a way to have something important to do. So far we’ve come up with war, religion, barbecues and, most recently, golf.

Rocky Hill

Avon

Appalled at trash

My husband and I recently returned to the Vail Valley after spending a year and a half in the Caribbean. One thing we never got used to was the amount of trash we would see thrown everywhere on the islands. There seemed to be little consciousness on the impact trash alone can cause on the environment, and recycling programs were almost non-existent.

I was shocked upon our return to the valley to discover the amount of trash and other items people are discarding that are nowhere close to Dumpsters. I dropped off recycling at the rest area in Edwards last week to discover that someone has chosen that spot to leave half of their discarded living room furniture, baby items, and large trash bags full of garbage.

Unfortunately this does not seem to be an isolated incident. If you mountain bike or hike, you see discarded articles of clothing and trash thrown along the trails.

On Berry Creek Road, behind Edwards Medical Center, I have seen among other things a large armchair that someone has “thrown away.” It must have taken quite an effort to throw a piece of furniture down the creek instead of dropping it in a Dumpster, or better yet donating it.

Many people who live here seem to understand the importance of proper trash disposal and recycling items to help preserve our environment. But it is apparent we still have a problem in the valley with people who do not understand this.

A weekly list published by the Vail Daily of recycle bins and places to donate used items might help people understand they have alternatives to simply throwing trash on the ground.

Kimberly Brewster

Edwards

Economy 101

“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill

This reminder from …

John Carlson


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