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I get it

Don Rogers’ commentary on VA yesterday was good. I do not work for VA, but all this VA bashing wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t had some great dumps, which is unusual over Christmas if you go by past history.

Also, the blackout period was longer this year due to the way the holidays fell. Next year it will be only five days. I have a Value Pass and would love at least a half-price ticket for an occasional powder day when not as many guests are on the hill.

But I understand the necessity to preserve the environment for Christmas week when these guests are paying full tab for everything from airfare to hotels. No businesses are offering any discounts at this time. Hopefully, next year won’t be so painful.

Rol Hamelin

Love note for Darren

Hello. My name is Autumn Langholz. I used to live in Vail. I moved away three years ago this April, yet my heart is still in Vail.-

You see, when I moved out there, I met a guy who made me fall in love, and the older I become the more evident it is to me that when I moved back to Iowa, my heart stayed there with him.-

My New Year’s resolution this year is to tell everyone who means anything to me how much I truly care about them. There have been many tragedies recently that have made me realize how precious life and love are.-

When I moved to Vail, I did not know anyone, and yet Darren and his sister Ileen showed me what a wonderful place Vail truly is. I miss Vail, yet I miss Darren S. from upstate New York more.

There has not been a day that has passed in the past three years in which I have not thought about him, and that I have not loved him. I just wanted Darren to know that no matter where he is, or where his life takes him, that there will always be someone who loves him more than even I know.

I was wondering if you could help me deliver this message to Darren.-I don’t know where he is living now, except for the Vail Valley. He does not have a phone where I can contact him; they need phone books for cell phones!

I just want him to know that I love him and miss him.

Autumn Langholz

Iowa

Just wondering

Here are some across-the-board thoughts, from snowmobilers to killer pigs, that I’ve had over the past year which I would like to share.

This one has to do with our language. English has a reputation of being concise and to the point. To confirm this assertion, all you have to do is look at the airline evacuation instructions found in the seat-back pocket next to the used chewing gum. The English version is by far the shortest, The Spanish and French looks like a short story. Are they really saying the same thing?

Anyway, my observation is the ongoing use of the phrase “skiers and snowboarders” and its various permutations in the media. For example, “12 inches of new snow last night ensures that skiing and riding will be excellent in the New Year.”

We used to just say skiing. Now, we are so afraid of offending snowboarders we have to add riding. But, hey, what about snowshoers? Tele-skiers? Snowmobilers? OK, so it is time for our language to evolve. We need a new collective word that encompasses everyone who takes pleasure in snow sports. Any ideas? Sliders? Carvers? Snowers?

Here is another observation. Did you know that, prior to this fall you could drive for 180 miles on I-70 all the way from West Colfax Avenue in Denver to Horizon Drive in Grand Junction without ever passing an exit named after a street, avenue or boulevard? The thing to note here is that those designations are only used in urban areas. Now we too have a boulevard exit, the William J. Post Boulevard. This is a subtle wake-up call, which we ignore at our peril. Who knows what is next? Bank robberies?

Here is yet another thought. Our news media skews their stories neither to the left nor to the right. They skew stories towards fear. Because fear sells; not as well as sex perhaps, but it sells.

We were whipped into a frenzy over SARS (only 600 deaths worldwide). We huddled in our houses during the D.C. sniper rampage (10 killed). We stopped swimming because of sharks. More people are killed worldwide by pigs than sharks! Will the Discovery Channel have “Pig Week”?

Meanwhile, the grim reaper is doing his best annual unnatural death work by killing 44,000 on our nation’s highways, followed closely by 28,000 killed by firearms. But these horrifying statistics are not newsworthy, they are just a part of the “acceptable” overhead of doing business in today’s world. Let’s keep these stories in perspective, people.

And finally, did you know that the World Health Organization ranks the United States health-care system No. 37 in the world. And the 36 countries that beat us pay on average $1,600 less per person. And, they live two to three years longer. No. 37?-

With these puzzling thoughts I wish you a happy new year.

Peter Runyon

Short memory

Recently on C-SPAN, I watched a program featuring Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. They spoke about what they are doing now, their observations concerning current events, and their respective views of America’s future.

To begin with, one had to be impressed with their current efforts and achievements toward creating a better “life” for so many people in so many countries. But perhaps, the most impressive aspect of the program was the decency and strength of their personal relationship.

Here were two “old war horses” who had, in public life, often been adversaries but, evidently, NEVER enemies. Each of them had long been dedicated to public service and to achieving a brighter future for the people of our country.

Quite naturally, they had not always agreed on how best to accomplish that goal. Nonetheless, there had not been harsh rhetoric or personal attacks. But instead there had been a willingness to listen and compromise, and as a result, their mutual respect was obvious and their achievements were many.

So I couldn’t help wondering when and why, we totally lost the decency that these two men demonstrated. Is it because of the personalities of our current leaders or is it because our two political parties now seem to have very different priorities? Whichever it is, blatant hatred and ugliness is now the norm, and that does not serve us well.

We are not being rewarded with the bipartisan thinking that would contribute to good legislation. And furthermore, since politics and politicians are not held in high regard, our democracy has suffered. The ugliness has turned many of us off, and very importantly it has discouraged the younger generation from active participation – even from voting. (Incidentally, Sen. Dole has founded an institute to help overcome this very problem.)

I’m left to wonder just when our president, his administration and members of both parties in Congress will realize the damage that they are doing to the fabric of our democracy.

David Le Vine


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