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Robin A Bernard

Have you ever noticed that if a kid does something stupid or wrong they are given the name BAD KID? In the early summer of 2005 a young man at age 15 decided to take a hike. He ended up above Cotton Ranch Golf Course. Along with finding golf balls and sheds of deer, he also discovered of oil drums that were filled with oil. Some of the drums had their lids coming off. Some were already leaking their contents. The young man told his parents, and also a neighbor of the findings. The young man knew that this was wrong and someone needed to know about it. The young man contacted a government agency and was given the feeling that because of his age, no one would listen. The young man contacted a friend, Jon Jon Asper, chief of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, and told him because he knew that his friend would bereave him and put away the “bad” kid scenario and would not care of the troubles he had been in and also put away the knowledge that this kid was a special ed student. Upon telling Jon Jon about his findings, a police officer showed up at his home, and this time it was a good feeling, not a feeling of dread. The young man took the officer to where the oil drums were. There were more drums now, and it looked like some were being covered up by dirt. The officer reported to the parents that he would let the appropriate people know. That was the last the family ever heard. In the fall of 2005 the young man and his mother and friend walked back up the mountain to see if anything had been done with the drums, because this young man was determined to do something about it. They found the drums gone. There were still pipes and trash and fencing around, but the drums were finally gone. The young man was happy that someone had done something.This young man, who has been taken to court and put on probation and even told by an officer what a bad kid he was, is learning to take responsibility for his actions. He felt others, as adults, needed to take responsibility for their actions. So often adults are all about covering their own butts, and putting it off to others. A few weeks ago, the young man saw Jon Jon and was told thank you, because if he had not turned it in, the oil would have leaked into the ground and also into the water system of Gypsum. That was the only time this young man knew a good deed was done right and appreciated. The young man has stuck up for friends and taken the blame on several occasions. He has been falsely accused of things. No one has ever said they were sorry or even thank you for the good he has done. The young man has a dream of working for the fire department, as well as becoming a police officer. His goal for this year is to become a EMT. The “bad” kid did something good, and was content just to see the drums removed. He never has asked for recognition or a thank you. It’s enough for him to know he did good.The moral of this true story is we all have good and we all have bad, but we need to acknowledge the good things people do no matter their age. What we say, or even how we react or present ourselves to others, can and does affect others. I want to take this time to tell this young man that I’m sorry for not doing and not helping him out more and not taking this issue of the oil drums as seriously as I should. You see, this young man is my son, Jeremiah Arbuckle, of whom I’m very proud of. I am proud to be his mother, even with the name “bad kid,” he has not let that stop him from doing good. Robin A Bernard GypsumFirst to worstWhat has happened to Vail’s freestyle facilities? Golden Peak’s halfpipe has gone from being one of the greatest in the country to one unattainable to professional athletes. I, along with many other people, have moved to Vail to train to become a world-class pipe rider. The length and quality of the pipe is forcing us to train at other resorts. Someone should inform the park crew that rails won’t get anyone anywhere because, believe it or not, front-side board-slides can only go so far. If nothing changes about the condition of the pipe, Vail can expect to lose all of its top-notch snowboarders. It’s kind of ironic that in an Olympic year Vail ruins the pipe. Please give the Vail park crew and whoever else made the decision to destroy the great pipe we once had thanks from my colleagues and myself.Aaron Hallenbeck Vail, Colorado

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