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Letters to the editor

Dick Brooks

Congratulations to the Open Space Advisory Committee on their decision to recommend approval of the Bair Ranch Conservation Easement to the Board of Commissioners. This project meets all of the potential criteria the advisory committee established.

One of the largest benefits is for Eagle County sportsmen and women due to the protection and public access along the three miles of the Colorado River between Dotsero and Glenwood Canyon.

People in canoes, kayaks and inflatable boats use this section of river. Fishermen, hunters and campers will now be able to access the BLM lands on the south side of the river. In an era when more and more riparian land is leased for private fishing this three-mile stretch is a major public benefit. This is why the BLM contributed $1,500,000 to this project.

I hope the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will unanimously approve this project May 11.

Dick Brooks

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Jazz Goes to School

Wonderful sounds of jazz music were heard recently when the Jazz Goes to School program was performed at the Vilar Center for our local schoolchildren.

This incredible show was put on by our great local musician, Tony Gulizia, and the jazz quintet comprised of Joey Gulizia, Omaha, Neb.; Roger Neuman, L.A.; Kirk Garrison, Chicago; Andy Hall, Lincoln, Neb.; and special guest on bongos, Michael Pohara, originally from Chile and now residing in Omaha. Not only did they play their hearts out for the day performances, but on Monday evening they played at the Marriott Resort for local music lovers. What a show that was. The crowd was jumping and screaming for more! The group was joined by local musicians Tom Kirk, Kathy Morrow and Tony’s son Nick, from Boulder, on drums. We are truly lucky to live in an area where there are such fabulous musicians and wonderful opportunities such as this.

A million thanks to Howard Stern, and the Vail Jazz Society for making this possible and to Tony Gulizia for putting together such a marvelous program. Where else do schoolchildren get such an opportunity to learn and listen with some of the best musicians in the country? Our 7-year-old grandson, whom we brought up from Denver for the Vilar show, summed it up best: “It was magical. It was like floating on a cloud!”

Judy, Keith Countryman


You are the best

Thank you to Fire Chief Jon-Jon Asper and your men. You all are the best!

You truly care about the town of Eagle citizens and go out of your way to make sure the senior citizens are taken care of and safe.

Donna Meyer


Another success

The best end of the season party was held on Friday, April 16, in the Marriott’s grand ballroom. The 17th annual Casino Night, benefitting 10 early childhood programs in the valley, was a huge success!

The event committee congregated in December to plan this fun-filled event. It is amazing how much enthusiasm this group possesses whenever there is an opportunity for improving programs for the children of the future. I would like to thank Angela Mueller, Cass Galloway, Connie Diaz, Lisa Chaple, Virginia Mallon, Nancy Nottingham, Carol Williams, Sue Ingram, Sharon Thompson, Kayla Roper, Amanda Herbert, Cindy Holcomb, Elizabeth Robinson, Liz McGillvray, Christine Lautenberg, Marsha Steele and Carrie Kramer for all the time and effort they put into this event.

Year after year, this fund-raiser is successful due to the enormous amount of support we receive from the community. Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Vail Resorts, East West Partners, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Steadman Hawkins, and the Heuga Center were among the local businesses who contributed by sponsoring the 53 gaming tables. A big thank you to VVTV 5, TV 8, Eagle Valley Enterprise, The Vail Daily and the Vail Trail, Media Safari, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, High Country Copier, KSKE, The Eagle, KTUN, and KKCH FM for all the media coverage.

It was a pleasure working with all who were involved this year. I look forward to celebrating the end of the season with everyone from the community next year for the 18th annual Casino Night.

Sandy Brown


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In J-school, future reporters are told to remain neutral as they write their stories, never to interject their political-personal views into their articles. If a reporter, for example, currently dislikes-likes the president, that reporter shall not let their personal view(s) surface in their reports. This of course excludes editorials, columns, letters, etc. It’s tough to do, but clearly a vital necessity to clear and concise reporting, or so we have been told.

(Vail Daily Publisher Steve Pope, responding in the commentary section to a letter,) stated that “The Vail Daily makes no secret of the fact that we are a moderately Republican-leaning newspaper in our political positions.

We openly toe a line that is fiscally conservative.”

What did you mean by “we?” Who comprises “we,” and why is-are this-these “we(s)” being permitted to present “moderately Republican-leaning” position(s)? Isn’t there a responsibility to hold the aforementioned “we” in a neutral, factual position, ensuring accuracy, fairness and credibility?

Or, perhaps, has this reader-reporter missed something here?

Colby Scudder

Editor’s note: You are mistaking the commentary section for the news section, which are quite different and separated for the very reason that they are different. Commentary, as the word states, is the name of the opinion section of this newspaper. The newspaper takes positions in the commentary section. In the news section, reporters work hard to provide balanced, informative and fair reports. Columnists and editorial writing by definition provide opinion. This has been a hallmark of newspapering from the very beginning.

CDOT legislation

Only a few CDOT officials noted and celebrated the recent signing into law by Gov. Owens of new legislation prohibiting driving in the left lane, unless you are passing, on higher-speed, multi-lane highways. Signed in February, it will go into effect the end of June.

Why CDOT has not elected to start educating the public prior to the influx or tourists seems negligently intentional: Colorado might reap huge monetary benefits from unsuspecting (but very PO’d) tourists.

By the way, this is one of the most flagrant bad driving habits of motorists in Eagle County.

If CDOT can carry on public relations campaigns to make winter mountain drivers like mag chloride, could they not start an educational campaign to alert all drivers to CDOT’s own legislation to increase highway capacity and reduce road-rage-right-side-passing of tourists and locals, with their speed controls set 5 mph.below the speed limit?

Steve Zorichak


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