Letters to the editor
In a recent letter to the editor, a question that appeared in the CSAP practice ad was roundly criticized. The author decried a seventh-grade science question that asked “Circle one of the renewable resources in the list and describe one negative impact on the use of the renewable resource” and then attacked the “local teacher” who wrote the question.
That criticism was misdirected. As we explained when we introduced the question of the week feature, CSAP practice questions are printed, verbatim, from the list of released items provided by the Colorado Department of Education. The questions are actual items from previous CSAP exams.
David Gossett’s diatribe should, therefore, be directed at the state of Colorado, which mandates the testing, and CTB McGraw Hill Publishing Company, which developed the questions.
Local teachers have no input whatsoever on the CSAP exam and many, no doubt, share Mr. Gossett’s concerns over many of the questions asked. But in today’s atmosphere of high-stakes testing, they must give the exam and teach the curriculum that it reflects.
To characterize teachers as “narrow-minded and self-serving” for simply administering a test that is mandated by the state and then used as the sole measure for school report cards is mean-spirited and frankly ill-informed. Thank you for this opportunity to clear the record.
Anyone who doesn’t believe the development and redevelopment in the Vail Valley are out of control should read the article in your Jan. 16 issue about the Four Seasons complex that Waldir Prado wants to replace The Chateau at Vail with. Of all the cockamamie ideas I have ever read or heard, this one is tied with the proposed gondola from Avon to Strawberry Park for first place.
The Chateau is an appropriate building for Vail, but the monstrosity Prado wants to build would not be, and I would like to give our Town Council credit for having better sense than to ever approve such a thing.
When I moved to Vail in 1994, there was a popular bumper sticker that read, “Don’t Californicate Colorado,” which is exactly what these greedy developers are doing.
The Vail Valley was never intended to be a city, but it’s becoming one, and that is obscene! As far as I am concerned, developers are as low as pedophiles and drug dealers because they are ravaging Colorado in general and the Vail Valley in particular for nothing more than plain, simple greed!
Does our entire state have to be a concrete slab before anything is done about this wanton destruction? And nobody needs to insult my intelligence by talking to me about “progress,” because there is nothing at all progressive about raping the land and destroying wildlife habitats for a lot of substandard and over-priced houses, apartments and commercial buildings which have no business existing in the first place.
In 2000, I voted for the limited growth initiative because all of this insanity has got to stop. Colorado is not supposed to be another California. If I had wanted to live in an asphalt jungle, I would have stayed in San Diego.
Just as there is a right size for every company, there is also a right size for every town. Vail, America’s number one ski resort, is already big enough.
In spite of what Vail Resorts (which is as much of a blight on Colorado as the I.G. Murphy Company was on the New Mexico Territory) would mislead people into believing, there is no need for any expansion or redevelopment in Vail. Except for the presence of such avaricious developers as Prado and his ilk, there is nothing wrong with our town. So just leave well enough alone. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
I was chief of security at The Chateau at Vail for three and a half years, beginning when it was still a Holiday Inn. The Chateau is a beautiful hotel, and I wish I had the money to buy it. If I could buy it I would keep the building exactly the way it is, and I would not sell out to a developer for all the oil in Texas.
For Commissioner Tom Stone to ask the people of Eagle County to believe that Commissioner Arn Menconi was denied his ceremonial turn as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners on the grounds that he didn’t know Commissioner Menconi was interested is as believable as if he said:
1. OJ is innocent.
2. Robert Blake did not kill his wife.
3. Trent Lott didn’t mean what he said.
4. Bill Clinton didn’t inhale.
5. Pete Townsend only looks at child porn for research.
6. Pete Rose never bet on baseball.
7. Anna Nicole Smith is not a gold digger.
8. Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
9. Ken Lay wasn’t in the loop at Enron.
10. Only guilty people are on death row.
Commissioner Stone, your supporters probably re-elected you in part because of your “take no prisoners” style. Be true to that. Anything less is, well, not believable.