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Shooting at feet

Someone please explain to me how canceling a public event that attracts thousands of people to Avon is good for the town.

How will a 15-minute laser show compare to the “Largest in the Rockies” Fourth of July fireworks display? Will the laser show attract tens of thousands of visitors from the valley and throughout the state? I seriously doubt it.

There have been a few people on the Town Council that have previously said who they want to move this town further in to becoming a tourist destination.

Projects like the gondola are great steps forward to achieving that – but why cancel a tradition that started two decades ago that has proven over and over again to be a great tourist attraction? It does not make sense.

It seems that the Town Council tries to move forward to better the town, but then makes a decision like this and we end up taking steps back. I do not understand why a town that is struggling to have it’s own identity amongst Vail and Beaver Creek and other big name resorts would cancel an event that draws so many people who wouldn’t normally come to Avon. “Largest in the Rockies” Fourth of July fireworks display is a perfect opportunity for this town to open up and let people see what Avon really has to offer.

Avon has the potential to be a great tourist destination if certain people who are relied upon to make good decisions for Avon would get their act together and their priorities straight!

With recent actions/decisions the town has taken perfect aim shooting themselves in the financial foot. Do they really want to shoot the other foot?

Jennifer Lee

Editor’s note: Thanks to an 11th hour $20,000 sponsorship from Coors, Avon will indeed have fireworks as part of the show

Wrong about Udall

I was saddened to see Henri Stone’s recent letter in the Daily insinuating that Congressman Mark Udall was somehow acting to thwart forest health efforts in Eagle County.

Many of us, myself included, believe that adequate laws are ALREADY on the books to allow forest thinning and disease control, without the exaggerated procedures of the McInnis bill.

Much of what the McInnis bill does is to make it harder to delay forest thinning projects, by limiting appeals, temporary injunctions, and lawsuits. However, it is entirely possible that limiting appeals will lead to MORE lawsuits, because frustrated appellants will go to court more often if things cannot be resolved at the appeal level.

The best way to prevent appeals and lawsuits is for the Forest Service to work with local communities and citizens to prepare a forest health plan that will have such local consensus that it will not be appealed or litigated. And that i s EXACTLY what the Forest Service is currently doing in Eagle County, with Congressman Udall’s help, in its Vail Valley Forest Health Plan.

So, I commend the Forest Service and Congressman Udall for tackling the problem head on.

It is unfortunate, however, that Henri Stone wants to ignore this community effort in order to promote her political agenda to disparage Congressman Udall.

Peter Hart

Don’t diss Moby

I would like to correct a few things about the Steve Lee article “Off the Air with Steve Lee.” First of all, he disrespects the Grammy-winning artist Moby for being an “untalented artist” and not being a musician. Lee is later credited for being taught classical music on the piano at an early age.

The truth is that Moby started his music career in his young years learning exactly the same thing – classical piano. In addition, for anyone to say that Moby doesn’t play “the guitar like Jeff Beck” is ridiculous. Venture to any Moby concert, and you will see the man himself playing acoustic and electric guitar, as well as a random classic rock cover.

I’m sure Steve Lee is a talented DJ who entertains the Colorado community each day with wit, humor, and music. However, he needs to keep his slips-of-the-tongue in check.

Bill Tanksley

Greensboro, N.C.

At root, great

Are you hearing the same noises in Vail that I’m hearing? Lots of moaning and groaning, grumbling and grousing. Seems like there’s an awful lot of criticism lately about Vail and Vailites. Maybe it’s the change of seasons – winter’s over and Hot Summer Nights hasn’t begun yet. Maybe it’s the temporary closure of favorite watering holes and eateries.

Whatever it is, I think it’s time to stop and smell the roses. I am a 15-year second-home owner in Vail who spends half-time here. Why Vail? Let me count the ways:

First off, Vail is beautiful, even the shoulder season. I have never been here before in April-May so I am new to nature’s budding at 8,150 feet. Up on the mountain, majestic snow slowly, daily gives way to glowing aspens and delicate flowers, on hill sides, in the valley, along the streets, in the Betty Ford Garden. Somehow the tulips and jonquils and forsythia and hyacinths survive the early May snows and rains and hail. The TOV flower brigade is already out adding splashes of color around town. And who can resist the sun turning the Gore Range mauve at twilight? Or the Gore Creek, which happily this year, is a roaring creek?

Sports anyone? Soon Ford Park will be a “field of dreams” with softball and soccer and lacrosse. Where else can bike riders scale Vail Pass to the east, Battle Mountain to the south, and Glenwood Canyon to the west? With the gondola opening soon, mountain bikers can ride 2,000 feet down, or up, if they choose.

Then there are the arts. Where can you hear music in the Rockies for two months that includes symphony, ballet, rock and jazz? Where else can you sit in an amphitheater with a couple thousand of your closet friends listening to music that is five centuries old or soon to be released? There is music in bars, in clubs, in lounges, in theaters, in tents and on the street. Looking for drama? Try Vilar.

Without question, Vail’s greatest strength is Vailites. Just as we take for granted the grandeur around us, we sometimes overlook the talent among us. I had the opportunity last November to conduct Turn It Up customer service training for 900-plus Vail Valley business owners and managers. I came away with heightened respect for the work performed by shop keepers, hoteliers, restauranteurs, teachers, lawyers, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, masseurs, trash haulers, contractors and the legion of property managers and tradesmen/women who make our town/valley resplendent.

And don’t forget our seasonal workers, lift operators, wait staff, housekeepers, mountain groomers et al.

When it comes to noise, no one gets blasted more than our seven elected officials. Why don’t we lighten up a little on them? Like you, I don’t always agree with them, but I respect their judgment and the process they work within, i.e., democracy. Paraphrasing a wise man: “All it takes for bad guys to govern is for good guys to do nothing.” We have good people on council. They do good things, whether we agree with them or not.

The list goes on: There are appointed board whose members who serve tirelessly. And town staff who work anonymously, until they’re late plowing your street. And volunteers who give diligently of their time and effort. All these and more, too many to list, working for a better Vail.

The next time you hear someone whine about Vail, why don’t you, why don’t we all, point out what’s right with Vail? Let’s appreciate it, and better yet, contribute to it.

Paul Kuzniar


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