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Rachel Friede

I have recently moved to the area and have been astonished at the prices of gasoline in Vail. Gas station owners claim that transportation costs and the high cost of real estate and labor lead to these overbearing prices. Higher gasoline prices help to control the amount that people drive, which is a great benefit to our environment, so I cannot stress enough that this argument is not about the right of people to endlessly drive their gas guzzlers all over the valley. But should hard-working locals really have to pay extra for gas because they live in the mountains AND swallow the lies of the greedy gas stations? Now, I applaud the gas stations for paying a competitive wage to their employees, and I do not doubt that their rents, real estate taxes, mortgages, etc, are quite high. But a quick calculation shows that for each 9,000 gallon tanker truck, on average, a Vail gas station will make about $3,600 more than a station in Denver, and that’s using conservative gas price estimates. If that tanker gets only 7 mpg (and again, this is a conservative estimate) and pays an average of the high price of $2.50 per gallon for diesel fuel, the truck’s round trip from Denver to Vail will cost around $70. I would love to know how the other costs justify the price gouging that occurs in the Vail Valley. Gas station owners, speak up. If you can fully justify how you charge as much as 40 cents more than even Frisco or Silverthorn, let alone Denver, I will stop complaining. Rachel FriedeVailAin’t buying itJust when I had reconciled myself to the fact that we share this valley with some who feel compelled to either never learn proper roundabout driving technique, or simply choose to ignore it because they are in a hurry and are clearly more important than the rest of us, I am confronted with two examples in the July 16 Vail Daily of yet more ignorant thinking on the part of a pair of my “neighbors.”Moises Sanchez freely admits that he should have paid more attention to the toys available from a vending machine in City Market before his daughter used some of his quarters to purchase a Chihuahua dog posed to do one of the things dogs do, pee. He’s upset because the dog’s genitalia are a bit too representative of the real thing, and I am left to infer that he believes his daughter’s future mental state might be damaged by exposure to this object. The upshot of Mr. Sanchez’s admitted lapse in parental responsibility is that City Market will ask to have the vending machines removed, thereby impacting the livelihood of the machines’ owner(s). Does anyone else besides me find this ludicrous? Particularly ludicrous is the fact that the Vail Daily would give such a story coverage anywhere but on the back page space normally reserved for stories of the absurd. Does Scott Miller, the credited reporter, not have other more important things he could be writing about? Mr. Sanchez, I suggest you take a close look at what your daughter is watching on TV and all the other toys she may possess. If your reaction to the Chihuahua was such, I fear your daughter will need to be locked away to protect her from the daily assault of violence depicted in kids cartoons and the sexual “accuracy” of any of the dolls that kids have access to these days.Mr. Sanchez’s story is given a run for its money by a letter to the editor from Melanie Kofoed of Avon. Ms. Kofoed basically accuses the Vail Daily of helping to promote what she deems to be imprudent social habits by portraying pictures of people enjoying alcoholic beverages, allowing their dogs to run unleashed, and allowing their children on a climbing wall without helmets. Pardon me, Ms. Kofoed, but I do not recall being asked to vote for a public official in charge of the collective social conscience during any recent election. Get a life. People across the world in the panoply of cultures that makes this planet such a wonderful place to live have employed mood-altering substances for thousands of years. Ever wonder what was in the proverbial “peace pipe”? Snuff, cocaine, heroin – all have been around for quite some time in one form or another, as has alcohol. Are they right for you? Perhaps not. Do you get to decide who, if anyone, they are good for? I don’t think so. Your concern about what kind of message is being sent I presume to be aimed at the youth of this valley. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps there would be fewer obituaries to read or memorial services to attend if we did not shelter our children so much, but spent time educating them and exposing them to different things and points of view instead of simply forbidding a practice and expecting them to listen? Humans by nature are inquisitive. If you tell someone that they can’t have or do something without educating them completely as to why, they are most likely to go out and educate themselves by indulging in the forbidden practice.Ms. Kofoed’s dog comment does not warrant a response, but the kids without helmets thing amuses me. Many of us grew up during a time when there were no mandatory laws regarding car seats for children. We turned out fine. We learned to ride bikes without the benefit of helmets, kneepads, etc. – perhaps we learned faster after the first good fall because we did not want to hurt ourselves again. Regardless, we turned out fine. We used to drink water from garden hoses, stay out after dark, and generally engage in all kinds of activities which these days would have some nosey-body calling social services on our parents and the parents of our friends. Ms. Kofoed, you are not in charge of what I or others allow our children to engage in and how we choose to let them do so. Nor can you truly, rationally believe that a picture in the Vail Daily makes the kind of difference you imply.There is an old saying about opinions, which I won’t repeat here, not out of fear of offending anyone, but only because the family-oriented Vail Daily would probably not publish it! Suffice to say, Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Kofoed, stop looking to others to fulfill your basic responsibilities or to view the world as you do. Live your lives as you see fit, that is the true gift of living in the USA.Michael J. ConnollyEagle-VailGreat music(Recently), I carefully planned my schedule so that on my way to the Bravo! concert, I would have time to hear a folk group called Jubilant Bridge, which was performing at Slifer Square late in the afternoon.I enjoyed a folk concert virtually alone, and became a bit upset at Vail for not doing a drastically better job of marketing the concert by this group. They are simply an extraordinary folk group. As I relaxed and enjoyed the music, I concluded that anyone in Vail with even the smallest interest in folk music had missed a wonderful free outside concert.They will be back: Jubilant Bridge will perform at Seibert Circle on Sunday the 31stof July from 11-3. They write much of their own music, some of which takes me back to Ian and Sylvia of the late ”60s. Their harmony and melodies are simply exquisite and haunting. Jeff BowenVailEye on prizeIt took the British government just over a week to track down the terrorists responsible for the London Subway and bus bombings. The British worked successfully with several foreign governments, including Arab nations, to gather information and apprehend the evil doers. The British kept their eye on the prize. We, on the other hand, four years after the World Trade Center bombing, still have not brought Osama Bin Ladin and his gang to justice. Unlike the British, we knew who the terrorists were and where they were but they got away – unpunished – with the murder of 3,000 people because of the Bush administration’s obsession with Sadam and Iraq, where all our military resources have been directed.Carole OnderdonkEagleVail, Colorado


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