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Gerry and Maureen Flynn

We would like to commend the Eagle County commissioners for the courageous decision they made earlier this week regarding an increase in density on the Palmerosa Ranch in Lake Creek. This was not an easy decision. The commissioners had to sift through an enormous amount of information and conflicting opinions. The decision to deny the increase in density was the culmination of a very thorough process, which involved:n Seven public meetings plus two site visits involving elected officials and citizens.n Countless hours of work and effort on the part of Eagle County staff, including additional site visits.n Hundreds of collective hours on the part of adjoining neighbors, Lake Creek residents and other concerned Eagle County citizens, largely in opposition to the development.n Participation by local DOW officials and other wildlife experts offering their honest and heartfelt opinions about those long time Eagle County residents who are unable to speak for themselves.n A significant effort on the part of the developer and their team of consultants trying to address the multitude of land use issues this project was struggling to comply with.We both individually and sometimes together attended the majority of these meetings and were very impressed with the thorough analysis demanded by staff, Planning Commission and especially the Eagle County commissioners. This process involved extensive analysis of water issues, sewage disposal, wildlife migration, protected view corridors and compliance with the Edwards Area Master Plan, which indicated a preference to continue to protect the rural character of the Lake Creek Valley. You would expect the persistence and patience of both public officials and public opposition to wear pretty thin after seven public hearings. The persistence and determination of those concerned citizens opposing this development proved very worthwhile and the thorough analysis did much to restore and confirm our faith in our local governmental approval process. The county commissioners were able to rise above the tendency to allow economic factors and tensions to dictate land use decisions. This decision sets a very important precedent for future decisions as to where development occurs and where increases in density can be tolerated. There are areas in Eagle County and individual projects where clustered density makes sense, and there are areas where quality of life considerations should trump economic gains from additional development.Congratulations again to all of those involved in this arduous process for their persistence and determination in helping reach a very important decision which will have lasting impacts on the future consideration of land use in Eagle County.Gerry and Maureen FlynnJunk mailI think it is time to create a “no snail mail list” similar to the relatively successful “no call list.” As with most of you, I get barraged by junk snail mail every day. I try my best to control the annoyance and waste of paper by contacting the companies and telling them to remove me from their databases. In October of last year I e-mailed a real estate company and asked them to stop sending me snail mail, which from the very beginning was unsolicited. They kindly obliged. However, in January, I started receiving snail mail from them once again. I think that companies need to maintain a list of people that don’t EVER want to be in their mailing database. I find the fact that the company continues to send me unwanted mail both unprofessional and an outright disregard for the environment. Furthermore, the mail they send me contains properties that are well out of my price range, which tells me they are not very selective about who they burden with their propaganda. If they would just do as I requested, they would be saving money. But they won’t listen. I can assure you that I will never do business with them. Ryan Wolffe Avon Forward thinkingKent Logan may need to brush up on his knowledge of sales and property tax revenues. He is under the impression that our town has nothing to gain by the monies generated by the Crossroads redevelopment. (CMC may offer some remedial classes for you, Kent.) Our town voted for the Crossroads redevelopment when we voted out the Town Council members who were up for reelection and opposed to the project (something you may think about during your study breaks, Kent). Thank you to the Town Council members who are actually representing their constituency. Our families, teens and seniors will benefit from your forward thinking. Regina Grisafi Vail Big creditGreetings, I enjoyed the great photo of our rail jam recently. I would like to give some SERIOUS credit to our snowboard supervisors, Mike Markowitz, and Spike Eisenman. If it was not for their dedication to snowboard freestyle, the Thursday Night Rail Jam would not be so popular, or as cool. I would also like to add that the snowboarder photographed is also an instructor here at Beaver Creek, and his name was incorrectly spelled, Johnathan Goldstein, who is available for private instruction, if you too want to boardslide the rails. Rhonda F. DoyleSurgical vacationOn a scheduled trip to the Steadman Hawkins Clinic for surgery, I found myself in an awkward position. The damage and subsequent repair to my knee was more complicated than expected. Without a significant other or medical entourage in tow, the clinic was reluctant to release me until someone mentioned Juli Young and Cindy Nelson of Vail’s Here to Help, who prevented me from falling into the semi-ambulatory abyss. Details great and small were anticipated and attended to, including transportation to rehab twice a day, retrieving prescriptions, attending meetings with the physician, and coordinating physical therapy sessions. I was completely overwhelmed by their competence, dedication, and compassion. Here to Help brings to mind two words which rarely make it into the same sentence: surgical vacation. Thanks also to the Holiday Inn for juggling their crowded schedule to accommodate my extended stay, and to the Westside Cafe & Market and Nozawa Sushi Kitchen for keeping me well fed! If the people in these organizations are any indication of Vail’s hospitality, I can hardly wait to return to your city when I’m healed. Thank you all for your kindness. Robert Scarola ClevelandToo much influenceIt was President Dwight Eisenhower who said, “We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence by the military-industrial complex.” He spoke those words in his farewell speech to the nation on Jan.17, 1961, and I believe that they ring equally true today. President Bush’s proposed 2007 budget includes $439 billion for the Department of Defense, not including the costs of the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which escalate that number to more than $500 billion. That is approximately the same amount as the sum of all the other nations in the world added together – including China at $65 billion, Russia at $50 billion, Iran at $10 billion and North Korea at $6 billion. One might be tempted to ask: Is it all really necessary?The neo-cons, which include Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, obviously vote “yes.” But let’s remember that they believe in a dominant military establishment as a means of demonstrating our status as the world’s super power. Although they are our elected representatives, I am certain that many of us question the wisdom of their basic philosophy. We can ask, “Is it even possible?” “What is the point?” “Do we really want the responsibility?” “What will it cost?”In addition to any doubts regarding the neo-con philosophy, we should also be considering the size of the budget deficit ($423 billion) and our other interests. Foremost among these should be solutions to our energy crisis, additional emphasis on education, and reduction in the personal costs of health care.And so I think that the ever-expanding military budget deserves lots of scrutiny. Furthermore, I firmly believe that any of us should be able to question the President’s proposed military spending without hearing accusations of being soft on defense. David Le VineVail, Colorado


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