Letters to the editor
I picked up a Vail Daily as I traveled back to the Vail Valley March 6 and was reading the Tipsline. I was a little disappointed in the racism going on. First I read how Mexicans have no right being in America, then how they should not have a license to drive. What would we truly do in the Vail Valley without them is my question. Who would do all our dirty work if illegal aliens did not do it for us? Who would clean rooms, do dishes at our fine resorts? It’s something to think about. If we take driver’s licenses away from Mexicans, do we not have to take them away from all other illegal aliens? Also, how about Germans, Austrians, New Zelands, Russians or any other foreigner that comes into our country for a better life or are the individuals writing in just concerned about Mexicans? When does our attitude about another human being turn into racism? Most Mexicans I know have insurance and work very hard for our resort. When did America stop being the land of opportunity for all, is that not what the statue of liberty stands for? Unless you are a Native Indian of America, our families were all illegal aliens at one time. As a fellow American six or more generations back, I know that all were illegal aliens at one time. So let’s not classify one race as illegal and another as not if we start doing that, we show racism. We did not go to the Tipsline because we are not afraid to sign our name. Former longtime Vail Valley residents.Pacomio and Nancy Sanchez Rifle Editor’s note: Indeed, it can be hard to distinguish between nativism and racism, but the Tipsline forum edits out overt racism. The comments in Tipsline referred to all illegal immigrants, not ones from a particular country. The large majority of illegal immigrants are from Mexico and so follow the perceptions. Illegal immigration is a public issue, and one of this area’s most challenging. As for racist expressions, those frankly are despicable and have no place in Tipsline or anywhere else in these pages. We edit them out, without apology. Rotary’s 100thI want to thank the Vail Daily and staff that made it possible for the insert in the paper regarding the 100th birthday of Rotary International.I would like to thank the community for their support. The auctions could not happen with out you. You’re there for the Duck Race. When Rotary asked for school children to collect items to send to the Fagan children, students, parents and teachers got behind the project, helping exceed the expectations. I have been a Rotarian since moving to the valley eight years ago. When I first joined, my concept was that Rotary helps people. It took little time to realize that Rotary works as a partner, not just a helper, with an individual, the community or with international projects. The first club in the valley was the Vail club, working with the community for over 25 years. As the population growth of the valley moved west, the people in Eagle felt they had enough of a base to start a new club. More growth in Edwards and another club was formed.These clubs are in existence to be of assistance. In the valley Rotary, the success is due to that partnership of the clubs and the community.Linda L. LomaxEdwardsTough walking hereI am a pedestrian and would like to remined all the drivers out there that please give right of way to pedestrians when crossing roads at roundabouts and at pedestrian crossings in Vail and Avon.I have had close calls where one car stops and in the middle of crossing the road, some other car just happens to want run me over as if I have no right to cross the road. Please give way to pedestrians.Brighton KhumaloAvonDon’t blame huntersYour recent article “Tech pushes envelope of ethics of hunting” (March 7) left the wrong impression of hunters’ roles in dealing with new technology. Most of the technological innovations mentioned were developed and marketed by companies for the sole purpose of increasing profits. In many, if not most cases, hunters not only do not want or need these products, but hunters and hunting organizations have recommended to state managers to ban them. For instance, in Colorado, one of the restrictions on bow hunting equipment states, “Scopes, electronic or battery-powered devices cannot be incorporated into or attached to bow.” This and many other restrictions were not only supported by the Colorado Bowhunters Association (CBA) but also recommended to the DOW and CWC. In fact, the equipment regulations adopted by the CWC, in some cases, are not as restrictive as the CBA recommended.The picture and description of the “high-tech bow” was also misleading. Cams are not “for maintaining firing position.” They are primarily for increasing arrow speed, and offer various degrees of reduced holding weight at full draw. Most advantages of compound bows are offset by attributes that make them less efficient than recurves or longbows in some situations. While compound bows may look different from recurves or longbows, functionally they are very similar.The amount of space given to John Lockwood’s irresponsible live-shot Internet “hunt” was unwarranted. No hunting group supports such an aberration of hunting, and many are working to outlaw it.While there does tend to be a push for technological improvements in hunting equipment, it is generally manufacturers that cross the line when it comes to promoting unethical gadgets, and responsible hunters who try to hold the line by attempting to restrict their use.Michael DziekanLyonsVail, Colorado
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