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Because I am not the incumbent running for county commissioner and because I live in District 3, exposure can be a bump in the road on my way to be your next Eagle County commissioner.

Please allow me to briefly tell you who I am, who I am not and why I want to be your next Eagle County commissioner.

I am a public servant – always have been, always will be. I have no personal political agendas – never have had, never will have. I am not beholden to any special interest groups – never have been, never will be. I do not aspire to any other political office – never have, never will.

I believe we have to carefully protect our environment and open space – always have, always will. I believe our children are indeed our future – always have, always will. I believe growth should be sustainable not uncontrolled or non-existent – always have, always will.

I work with and use facts and consensus – always have, always will. I honor and recognize those who do the work – always have, always will.

My family has lived in Eagle County for 100 years. I want Eagle County to always be the place my daughter, Annika, will always call home. I want to retire here. I want those who feel the same as I do to be able to do so, as well.

Now you have some idea of who I am and who I am not, and why I am a candidate for Eagle County commissioner.

If you would like to review my biography and issues please go to my Web site: http://www.sandbergforyou.com.

Please take the time to vote.

Gerald Sandberg

Commissioner Candidate for Eagle County

Bottom line on 31

The person responsible for the Tipsline item entitled “Pro 31,” published on Oct. 16, is laboring under some common misconceptions that I believe the following facts will help clear up.

First, the “bottom line” of any good bilingual program, and that of every program in the Eagle County School District, is that non-English speaking students learn English. They are exposed to English on their first day of school, and are given content (history, science, etc.) in English as soon as it can be made comprehensible.

Second, Spanish is not the “only language we teach in the schools.” There are bilingual programs in scores of languages all over this country. Bilingual programs are primarily Spanish/English in Colorado because the vast majority of second language learners in this state speak Spanish.

The caller might be interested to know that many schools in the United States were bilingual schools until the 1930s, when anti-immigrant sentiment made them unpopular, and most were in fact German bilingual schools.

The caller may also take comfort in the fact that according to the latest Census Bureau data, Hispanics are learning English as fast as any other immigrant group. Finally, we must remember that teaching English is not the only important task schools have.

They also teach math, science, history, geography, art, music, social studies and, most importantly, critical thinking skills. Learners of English as a second language who do not receive additional assistance with these areas as they are learning English fall further and further behind their peers, and often never catch up.

This results in a whole segment of the population that is undereducated. This is not good for any society, and that is truly the bottom line.

Heather Goodrich


What a whiner

Mr. Thomas Hohn of Vail reminds me of a friend of mine from high school who lost the homecoming queen election by two votes in her senior year and never got over it.

She whined about it throughout her senior year and whined about it all the way through college.

To this day, 21 years later, she will still bring it up and whine about it.

I’ve read several of Mr. Hohn’s letters to the editor and is seems that his recurring theme is how Bush stole the election from Gore and the Kyoto treaty. Please Mr. Hohn, get over it and get on with your life.

We elect presidents through the electoral college, not by popular vote. Mr. Bush won, Mr. Gore lost. If you don’t like the electoral system, my suggestion is that you contact your congressman, state your complaint and ask him to begin the process of changing the system.

As for the Kyoto treaty, please re-read it, but this time for comprehension. The treaty had one set of rules for the U.S. and another for most of the rest of the world.

The playing field was tilted and heaven only knows how much havoc it would have wreaked on our economy.

Both Democrats and Republicans realized that the Kyoto treaty was a lose-lose for America.

Dissent is good and I will read your perceptions, but for goodness sake, homecoming is over.

You lost, so quit the whining and get on with your life!

S. Hirshberg


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