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Perspective, pleaseGreg LucianoEdwards It amazes me sometimes what people find time to complain about. Those annoying cyclists are riding their bikes on my roads! How dare they! Drivers aren’t going fast enough on Highway 6, costing my commute an extra 20 seconds! What an inconvenience! People are getting naked in the locker room at my gym! What a travesty! And now, during the largest snow year to date in Vail’s history, someone has taken issue with the grooming on our mountain. Wow, if ever there was a time for a perspective check, it is now.I have criticized VR in the past. Last year I wrote a letter after the merchant pass price was announced, complaining that the increase was unjustified. Well, you know what? The fact is we all get a great value for what we spend on a season pass (sorry seniors, even you). We pay a modest amount of money for some of the best skiing on the planet.Vail Resorts has done a great job of putting a world-class product out there from management on down. And in this monumental start to our season, extra kudos to ski patrol, lift-ops and any other on-mountain crews responsible for getting the mountain to where it is now. Simply put, you guys and gals rock. And as for the groomers? Well, I think you do a fine job, too. It’s just that most of us are too busy choking on 12 feet of powder to notice.Greg LucianoEdwards Small requestHere’s a proposal to improve the service on Vail Mountain: It might be a tiring job to brush the snow off the chairs as a lift operator on Vail Mountain. But it is also no fun to ski with wet pants all day long when it snows. I am sure I am not the only one who doesn’t like to ride a chairlift when the seats are covered with snow. Even when I asked the boys, they didn’t brush. Maybe they don’t have a brush or they don’t know to handle it. In any case, a friendly smile doesn’t help. So please don’t talk about service – do it! To ask for a clean chair in a Ski Resort what charges a good price for their lift rides should not be too much.Otto WiestVailLiberal thinkingTo Matt Zalaznick, try invasion of illegal aliens. What will America be when: n Our national borders mean nothing? n Our immigration laws are openly violated? n American society, culture and citizens rights are being overwhelmed and take second place to those who here illegally? n The false ideals of multiculturalism that promote being an American citizen but owe no allegiance to the USA ruin our nation? Too late, all this is happening now. National pride and upholding our laws do not equal racism. The argument is as thin and shallow, as with most thinking by liberals with self-induced lobotomies. Instead of facing the crisis and consequences of illegal aliens, liberals cry “racist” and “bigot” and play on the tolerance and goodwill of the majority of white Americans, making us feel guilty for our collective history of success.Will you be satisfied when America is a Third World cesspool, torn by racial tensions? Will you extol our shortcomings when ethnic hatred tears our cities apart? Will you proudly proclaim that the ideals of being an American have been subjugated to the idiocy of embracing diversity to the point of national suicide? See how far your precious liberal thinking gets you then. Brian Schlattman Little Falls, Minn. Get used to usThis letter to the editor is to comment about “NO RACISM HERE.” First of all, I would like to state that she – Linda McDonald from Evansville, Ind. – May not be “RACIST” but indeed is “PREJUDICED.” Everyone complains about HISPANICS working for cheap but if you take a very close look at the business owners, the majority of them hire us. That’s because the majority of us come to get paid and work hard. We weren’t born here, but as the human beings that we are, we also have that right to do “anything” we need to do for our children and their future. We have had a rough time to get to where we are at in society, and we’re still looked upon as the worst. We HISPANICS are not the only immigrants “breaking laws.” For example, the two Australians that robbed the bank.Changing the subject, how can you call us immigrants when over hundreds of years half of the United States was “MEXICO” until they came and land-jacked us. ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS, CALIFORNIA, and NEVADA where all Mexico. But who cares about that, huh? The only thing I suggest to ALL “PREJUDICED ” and “RACIST” people is that your kind of people should get used to us because we were here Hundreds of years ago, and we are here now. We aren’t going anywhere because we are here to stay. And to all the people who embrace us, MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL.Christian Quintana Edwards So negativeThis past Saturday at my home in New York I happily watched the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey races on NBC. I was thrilled to see the snow falling and the excellent results of the U.S. team. I had been keeping up on the races through the New York Times who had articles every day of the event. The stadium looked packed and the interviews with the racers seemed that everybody was thrilled with the event.I was so excited I went to the Vail Daily on line both Saturday and Sunday to get more information, and was amazed at what I found. First, it amazes me that you would choose to run a story about people who chose to go powder skiing instead of attending the races as your lead rather than the spectacular race itself. The fact that you chose to do two stories in a row along the same line, both as your lead story, indicates your paper would rather focus on perceived negatives rather than positives. I knew about the races, when they were and who was racing by reading the Times, so it amazes me that those you interviewed for the story said they did not know about it. Since the Daily is the only paper in town, it makes one questions what kind of job you have done that your own constituency does not know about a major event in its own back yard, yet New Yorkers were kept up to speed.For story ideas, perhaps you could instead have done a story on:What is the national reach of this event? How many publications throughout the country ran stories, or in fact sent reporters to cover the event?How many people around the world saw the races on TV, with snow covering the slopes so early in the season, with announcers praising the quality of the skiing and the racing?What is the economic impact of this event, both from people who come to town to see it, and those who may come in the future now that they have seen what a wonderful place it is?What a shame for Vail that its own paper chooses to go negative when the rest of the world is celebrating the very same event. Vail deserves better.Evelyn ThompsonEditor’s Note: The Daily had 41 stories with 56 photos and a handful of maps as well as listings about the World Cup races and associated events, including one story (not the day’s lead) about the powder hounds who preferred skiing in the spectacular conditions themselves to watching the races. Page One and the sports section were dominated by World Cup coverage during the event. No other paper anywhere approached this level of focus on the races. We’re very proud of our staff’s efforts to provide the most comprehensive coverage to be found of this major event.Vail, Colorado


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