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Just for the record and in response to those with improper knowledge. Carol Curtis, who represents Michael Cacciopo in the 3D lawsuit, subpoenaed me to answer questions regarding said case.

I was asked personal questions and chose not to answer those in the deposition. However, in court I was obligated to do so.

What the articles in Speakout and The Vail Daily left out were these important details. First: What I actually said was that a few teachers had chosen to single out my children with regards to some of the decisions that the entire seven-person, school board made. (Personal note: As a board, we made awesome changes for the better of the district and its employees. One of the major decisions included increased salaries, districtwide, by 10 percent in some instances. Starting teacher’s salaries went from $26,000 to $30,000 per year. How quickly we forget!)

I stated that 99 percent of the teachers did not act in such a manner. The majority is hard working and truly care about the education of their students.

I also realize that the majority of the teachers do not belong to the ECEA. I stated that Scott Green soundly defeated me, over a year ago, as the reason I was no longer on the school board.

I did state that it is a relief not to be on the board any longer, as I no longer have to worry that my children will suffer because of decisions someone may not like.

I also stated I did not want to answer the questions as I felt they were personal, had nothing to do with 3D and I did not want any further repercussions for my children.

These statements are on record in the deposition and/or trial records. The Vail Daily and reporter were called, after the incorrect information was printed, and a correction is to be made. I have again talked to said reporter, who apologized for the misinformation printed.

I am guilty of answering questions in a courtroom honestly. The teachers that singled out and made our children’s life difficult know who they are and what they did. They also know that we are aware of the incidents.

Incidents involving my children were addressed with Mel Preusser and principals at the time and based on the sensitivity of the entire situation, admonishments were not public.

In business, reprimands are done privately. I still believe if the school district was run like a private business it would advance beyond belief. Those of you that know and work with me in other public situations know my reputation.

I say what I mean and mean what I say. My honesty is something I hold to a high standard. I just don’t like to air my dirty laundry unless I am forced to.

Tim McMichael

Gypsum

Vail in mind, always

Unlike you who live in Vail Valley and call it home, for me since 1970 it has been something to look forward to for one week of the year – on and off 1970-1984, then every year, last week of February thereafter.-

I often catch the net for Vail Daily news and get more focused, stoked and totally alive this time of year.-

If all goes well (this) week will be another wonderful experience and as I was logging on the other day, I realized the Vail Daily kind of became a year-round connection with the whole tradition, whether it is checking the news on the net or hanging in the Transportation Center waitng for the Sandstone bus.-

When it’s snowing here in Holland, Michigan, I think of Vail and a few weeks ago it was snowing softly and I WAS thinking Vail and wrote this poem, which I do not offer for any reason than maybe it resonates with some who know what it is. And if not, that is what waste paper baskets are for.

Colorado Dreaming

Somewhere snow is falling …

Rocky Mountain blue jays

Float like feathered smoke

Over silent slopes

Of deep perfect powder.

Far down the Mountain

Between firs and aspens …

Laughter, hoots, howls, joy!

Bright colored figures disappear

To another part of the day.

Light evaporates … and

As shadows stretch toward evening

Anxious smiles exchanged,

Time for one last run.

John R. Jouppi

Holland, Mich.

Right on

Thank you, Dan Bromley, for your thoughtful and down-to-earth insight into the current international situation we are all faced with. Your letter published in the Friday, Feb. 21, Vail Daily was a pleasant read that hit many nails on the head!

Sean Koenig

Impressed

Several days ago, we had the very pleasant experience of touring the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District. Chief Jon Jon Asper met us, and Chris Blankenship served as our guide, and we couldn’t have been more impressed.-

Chris was totally knowledgeable of every single piece of equipment and its function for every type of call that a fire department could receive. He backed this up with statistical data for the types of incidents, the number of calls answered by every member of the department, as well as the number of training hours of every member of the department monthly for the entire year of 2002.–

-The quality and quantity of the fire equipment was really awsome. Chief Asper informed us of where the equipment came from and its quality. We simply had no idea of the personal professionalism and the array of equipment that we would encounter.-

It was apparent that the training of the firemen and the maintenance of their equipment is outstanding.-We were invited to spend a day with the fire department in the future, and hope to be able to do that soon.

Day after day we read in the newspapers about the seriousness of our drought conditions. It certainly made us feel comfortable to know how well we are protected here in Eagle County.-

We would recommend to all Eagle County residents that they learn more about the fire protection that is available here in the valley. We know that you will be impressed.-

Our next endeavor will be to tour the Eagle County Ambulance District. We know that we will be equally pleased. Everyone in Eagle County should be aware of how important it is to have such separate and equally professional organizations.

We are truly fortunate to have such service available.

Arthur and Marcie Kittay

Who needs tails?

Do you remember seeing those first shaped skis some years ago? They looked really funny. Today they look as normal as the old long and straight skis did for almost 50 years.

But there is still a relic of those past 50 years in today’s shaped skis. It is the relatively long ski tail. Why is it there?

Because it has been always this way.

Remember the famous old Austrian ski technique? Reverse shoulder, angulation, heel thrust or heel check and no rotation, please! For this old-fashioned kind of skiing we needed the long tails. For carving they are not necessary anymore.

But the long ski tails are not only relics, they are also dangerous. They are a major reason for the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee injury, one of the worst and most common ski injuries of today’s skiing.

When I had my own ACL repaired many years ago, my doctor, Peter Janes, explained to me that the long tails of my skis caused the pressure what ruined my knee. Human feet have a long forefoot but a very short heel. Remember, as babies we all have moved up from a forward position into the upright stand. Leaning back has been a problem from the very beginning. Our anatomy is very different to the way how today’s skis look. All skis have a long tail (heel) and we are simply not built for this.

There is in Vail now an old ski bum, Adrian. He is known for his unusual lifestyle, as well as for his unusual ideas about skiing.

He doesn’t care for conventional ski length or shapes. He doesn’t care for FIS rules about the height of lifter plates. He is a former air space engineer, but he likes to ski and to try out all kind of new ideas.

Adrian has lived for 10 years or more on all the different parking spaces of American ski resorts. He is about 50 years old and his old motorhome is filled up with all kinds of tools to work at his ski inventions.

No bump too high, no snow too deep, no hill too steep! Adrian loves skiing and so that it never becomes boring. He constantly tries out new things, Like different side cuts, different dampening systems and tremendous “high heel” raiser plates that create more edge bite.

It is amazing on what kind of skis he moves down a mountain and the stubborn ski industry would never believe what he has tried out and some of it works!

Adrian seems just now to add a new important idea to recreational skiing. His idea is “no tail skis”! He learned that if you add some important features to a ski, that carving skis don’t need the dangerous and often hooking tails anymore.

At first he counterbalanced the missing tail with his own invention: the Flo (patented). It is a dampening counterweight at the ski tip to replace the tail pressure.

He puts especially high lifters on his skis. That gives his skis a better edge grip and you don’t feel that there is a ski tail behind you. (Because of the very short tails, those high lifters are also helpful for slow skiers and save energy. )

He uses strong side cuts and short but wide skis that need to have certain measurements to work well together. All of this makes a new ski, which is patented.

At first I did not like his idea. It simply looked wrong. But it works! In fact it works so well that I spend quite a bit of time on those new skis now. And if there is some powder around, I would not know anything better. It even beats my old fat skis. On crowded days, my wife and I now ski slowly down the Back Bowls to avoid all those friendly Denver Visitors. Those “no tail skis” turn like magic in any snow and also bumps begin to be manageable again for our old legs. It definitely saves a lot of energy if you don’t have to move the long ski tail around the corner at every turn.

Last spring, I wanted to find out what other skiers thought about those funny skis.

My first victims were John Atkins and John McMurtree, from Steadman Hawkins, because they knew the problems of the ACL and the urgent need to find solutions. After one day of skiing, they agreed: “Good skiing and good skis.”

Then I called Dave Gorsuch, former member of the U.S. Ski Team, and he was willing to spend some of his short time for a test. Result: Gorsuch is now the first store this season to sell those brand new skis in Vail and Beaver Creek.

Finally, I even asked the busy chief of Vail Mountain, Bill Jensen, to give the new skis a try. As he is a good and fast skier, I had some trouble following him.

They all agreed: The skis carve well and are easy to ski on; good performance for recreational skiing. Those long ski tails seem not to be necessary anymore.

If I have guests now at my home in Vail, they will not only have to wear a helmet, they will also have to ski on “no tai” skis, because I am selfish enough to know that in case of an accident I will be the one who has to take care of them.

Otto Wiest

Vail


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