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Joyce Long

I want to send out a great big THANK YOU to the good folks at Mountain Mobile Veterinary Service in Eagle. Our dog had gotten into some D-CON (not from us) and was so sick we did not think he would make it. We took him to see Dr. Sheila on Saturday and her wonderful staff! Thanks to Dr. Sheila, Tiffany Myers, Barry (a high school student), Cregan Ortner, and a dog named Fool. They all spent their Saturday taking care of Buck (our dog). If you ever find you need a veterinary service who really cares about your pet and you, remember Mountain Mobile Veterinary Service. Buck is doing much better, but he still has to take it easy for about another week. Thank you so much to all of you, it means a great deal to us to know that our dog is going to make it through this ordeal.Joyce LongGypsum Wrong answerMore cars resulting in more noise and air pollution, increased traffic congestion in our towns, more precious valley land needed for parking garages, and more reliance on foreign oil. That is the future of the Vail Valley brought to you by the people at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Where are the innovators, visionaries and forward thinkers? Don’t look for them in the Colorado Department of Transportation. Their response to increased congestion along the I-70 corridor is to add mores lanes and blast more holes in the mountain. As a concession to mass transit proponents they are considering center bus lanes. But they adamantly oppose a rail system. Why? According to their executive director, monorail is an unproven technology. Maybe he should get out more. Admittedly, I do not know the finer points which distinguish monorail from light rail or from just plain old rail. But after living and traveling in Europe and Asia I have experienced the convenience and ease of traveling by rail, all types. Additionally, I lived in Washington, D.C., for several years and regularly took the train to New York. Yes, I had a choice between car, plane or train. And train was always my first choice. I wasn’t alone. The New York-D.C. route is Amtrak’s most profitable route. I realize that Amtrak with its record of loss may not appear to be the best example of the benefits of rail service. However, that route proves that if you build the right system between the right points you will have a winner. Who would be the winners of a rail link from the Denver airport as far out as at least Glenwood Springs? Resorts, hotels, restaurants, retail stores and the proposed convention center would not only benefit from the increased business, the rail could be used as a selling point for their businesses. Visitors could move between resorts without worrying about traffic, parking, and road conditions. Residents would not have to yield more space for parking garages that will surely be needed if the response to increased visitors is just to add highway lanes. Everyone will benefit from diminished gridlock, decreased noise and air pollution, and less dependence on foreign oil. But I am obviously asking the wrong question. The question to ask is who would be the losers if such a system were built? The potential losers are the organizations that are clearly lobbying the Department of Transportation with their own agenda that has little concern for the businesses, visitors and residents of this area. The losers include car rental companies, oil companies, van services, bus companies, and road construction companies. Please don’t let the losers win. Attend one of the public hearings or write your representative in the state Congress. We need people making decisions in the Department of Transportation that are looking toward the future, not using solutions from the past.Deirdre NobleI’m sorryTo the people of Vail and visitors: (Recently) I went to the Fubar with every intention of just having fun with my friends. I ended up getting out of control. I would like to apologize to those involved as well as my family, sponsors, fans and friends. My actions and attitude were totally unacceptable and I make no excuses for my actions. I cannot change what took place; I would if I could. I know better than to put myself in that position and I will do my best to never let it happen again. Vail is a great community for the U.S. OPEN and I hope that it continues to be for years to come.Please accept my apology,Tanner HallKalispell, Mont. Please explainOK, maybe it’s time to stop the vitriolic vindictives and get on with more constructive exchanges. What about passive solar applications – site orientation, north wall berming, thermal mass, window orientation, overhangs to let the winter sun in and keep the summer sun out – all that old stuff that doesn’t cost much extra but cuts down on fossil fuel consumption? It seems to me there is an awful lot of big expanses of north-facing glass socking up the scenery but also the cold all over the Upper Eagle Valley mountain sides. Is there some way to discourage this or make it less wasteful energy wise? You know the old ranchers that had land in the Gore Creek Valley before Vail was built never thought of living there in the winter. Way too cold and snowy. I used to have a house on Forest Road in Vail. In December that sun never reached it. I spent lots of time chopping ice dams off the roof. I didn’t have the benefit of someone else’s experience or I never would have gotten into that mess. I don’t think any half-intelligent bear would even consider hibernating on those trophy home-dotted ski slopes unless of course its cave contained a back entrance into some gazillionaire’s wine cellar. Can you tell me what it is about the “ski in-ski out” feature that is worth the big bucks? I ski, but I still don’t get it. I admit I’m envious of your occupation, however. If you’re a creative person, as I assume you are, it must be exciting to have some very rich city slicker who doesn’t know a thing about living in the mountains dump a load of dough on you to put his dream into a design that becomes a grand palace on the hill. And I can understand why you might not want to bug a high roller like that with details about energy efficiency. Or maybe you do. I don’t know. Tell me about it. What is the Valley Valley doing about encouraging energy efficiency? Certainly our federal government isn’t doing much other than fighting a losing battle in Iraq trying to keep the oil flowing. Surely the Vail Valley can take some enlightened approach to this problem. I would like to hear about it. Your brother’s name was on your fist letter, by the way. Otherwise I never would have heard of him. In regard to cost effectiveness of active solar energy systems (PVs) I recommend that you and your clients follow carefully the rapidly increasing cost of natural gas. If you can’t go active solar you might consider electric. Holy Cross is doing great things with wind energy. Wind energy could soon be cheaper and it is already much cleaner than fossil fuel energy from gas and coal fired power plants. This direction benefits everyone. Roger BrownGypsum Vail, Colorado


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