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Like a turn in the stock market, just when it seems like it cannot get any worse, our levels of moral acceptance seem to drop down to previously unknown depths.

This year as well as last, I was shocked at the “Vail Undressed” Calendar. I have spoken with many locals who like myself are disappointed in the “full frontal nudity” that is PG being marketed and sold as “Vail.” Vail is an elite, sophisticated and classy place – where everyone wants to be. Is it necessary to lower our moral standards to raise money for a good cause? Why does it have to be “avant-garde,” racy, bawdy or audacious while skimming along that razor-thin line of nudity/pornography to loosen a wallet? What are we teaching our children? It’s okay as long as it is for a good cause? As we support and accept moral decline, we, too, collectively join the descent.

A charitable cause is a great thing. I firmly believe that the best things in life are accomplished through serving others. I applaud those who champion the Vail Charitable Relief Fund. Their actions and work to make the world better for others are laudable – hats off.

However, I strongly disagree with the fund-raising medium. Recently, I asked a number of students from BMHS what they thought of the calendars, and the message sent to society and to our children. Following are their responses: “It is bad. It’s just bad.” “Our bodies are a gift from God, and they should be treated with respect.” “Making and selling calendars is a good idea, but the people in them shouldn’t have to be naked for them to sell.”

The students also came up with alternate fund-raising mediums. One suggestion was to continue selling calendars with scenic photos, or even with people, doing what those in Vail do best – but fully clothed. Another great suggestion was a benefit evening filled with dancing, dinner and a silent auction (with donations from local vendors which choose to participate). The Vail community does outstanding benefits and fund-raisers. I believe that many locals would be proud to participate in such an event, rather than questioning if a calendar is appropriate for the kitchen wall.

MaryAnn Michaelis

A good idea

An old saying cautions us, “Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.”

Like most things in life, the open space initiative is imperfect, but it’s a start toward doing something many of our neighboring counties have been doing for years.

And isn’t nearly as imperfect as some of the naysayers make it. It is not true that it would collect $3 million this year, and $7 million next year. The ballot question authorizes the collection of no more than 1.5 mills each year for open space. Next year that 1.5 mills would produce about $3 million. In order for that to grow to $7,000,000, the value of all county property would have to more than double. That obviously won’t happen next year, or for many years to come. The $7,000,000 number is in the proposal to limit the amount that can be collected in any year, no matter what happens to county values. The 1.5 mills will raise $14 per $100,000 of home value, period.

The $7,000,000 argument is plain wrong, but some of the others are reasonable: Avon and Vail do have real estate transfer taxes. The county does not. Basalt has an open space tax of its own. Agricultural land would be subject to the tax. It only affects property owners – renters don’t pay anything, but get the benefit. But the problem with these arguments is that nothing can be done about them. The state Constitution no longer permits countywide real estate transfer taxes. It is impossible to exempt municipalities and agricultural land. In other words, there is no way to do this perfectly.

So it comes down to this. Even if you can’t get exactly the proposal you would like, are you willing to pay this small price to preserve open space or not? I am.

Please support this proposal.

Pete Feistmann


Measuring up

I tend to be a regular reader of the Vail Daily, one of our windows to the world, and in particular the Editorials, Tipsline, Letters to the Editor.

What if the Vail Valley got a first place or number one for any of the following: civility, compassion, fairness, tolerance, understanding, etc.?

Why do people who are so fortunate to live in the single most desirable place (in my opinion) in the best country the world has ever known regularly use the following in their communications to the Vail Daily: hate, ignorant, dumb, 9-11 in Vail, insipid asses, etc.

Might be helpful for all of us to give some thought to the words of Bill Lemley, “When nobody around you seems to measure up its time to check your yardstick.”

Tom Mines


Moving on

For those of you who do not already know … It is not without regret that I have stepped down from my position as managing director of marketing and public relations at the Vail Valley Foundation.

I have loved my work here and have especially enjoyed the people of the foundation and members of the greater Vail Valley community with whom I’ve worked. Thank you for supporting me and the work of the foundation.

I leave you in the hands of a wonderful team at the Vail Valley Foundation, a team for whom I continue to have the utmost respect and admiration.

As I step out to take on new challenges, I trust our paths will again cross. My own path will hopefully lead to more time with my own growing brood! I hope that in the future, I can once again be of service.

Mia Vlaar


When Democrat Commis-sioner Mike Gallagher uses free speech to endorse the re-election of Republican Commissioner Tom Stone, local Democrats protest.

But when Democrat Commissioner Arn Menconi refused a resolution protecting us from terrorism – a much more crucial topic – local Democrats defended Menconi, citing his right to free speech.

My conclusion? The Democrats are political chameleons who place politics and power over concern for public good.

Marty Lich


Bush league

In a recent Town Talk, someone mentioned that they liked the new KZYR. That letter was obviously written by someone who works there.

I have heard nothing good about the change and I’ve been a local for many, many years. Why do they keep saying we’re going to have “fun” with this station all the time? I’ve given up! Fun radio is not talking to local business owners, board members, and whatnot.

Just play the music you had once before (just not the Chili Peppers all the time) and this town will be happy again. Just because it’s a small town doesn’t mean you have to sound like smalltown radio!

F. Dawkins


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