Letters to the editor
Metaphorically speaking, my friend Brad Tjossem, manager of the Beaver Creek Club, had his showdown with VA recently, and it was ruthless.
The saga began several years ago when Brad’s wife, Susie, was terminated after 15 years of stellar performance at the Vail ski school where she had just been made director.
The other shoe fell this Nov. 1 when Brad met the same fate, as he was unceremoniously told to clean out his office, filled with 16 years of memories, and leave.
Hearing the news I called the man in charge, Adam Aron, for some rational explanation. His cold and calculated answer was the economy and the impending war in Iraq. I tried to be sympathetic with his actions, but as a businessman myself, I was troubled by his swift and insensitive method of dismissal and proceeded to tell him how it should have been handled. He wasn’t interested. It is inevitable in these trying times that cuts have to be made. My concern was how they were made and with total disregard for the individual’s feelings. It was handled unprofessionally. Period.
The Williams family has been charter members of the then fledgling Beaver Creek Club since 1988 when Brad, a venerable denizen of the Vail Valley, took us under his wing and made us feel comfortable in our new vacation home.
Brad wore his BCC manager’s title professionally, but his real contribution was his genuine and engaging personality which was as big as the great outdoors he loves so much. Brad Tjossem became synonymous with the Beaver Creek Club, and everything that was good about it. He was our gentle giant, our Eagle Scout, our bad boy who made us smile and, most importantly, he became a true friend to members and staff.
Bradley will be missed, and his really big shoes will be hard, if not impossible, to fill. Of course, we’ll miss him, but he won’t be a stranger, and I’m confident he’ll end up in a better place and learn how to shoot straight.
We just want to say thank you to the people for voting against Amendment 31 because we know how hard is to learn English in one year.
We are students from Battle Mountain High School and we are learning English. Thanks to your vote, we have the opportunity to keep receiving help to learn English. We are going to try our best to continue learning, so your vote was worth the effort.
Second Language Acquisition 3, Period 6, BHMS
Jorge Sosa P.