Letters to the editor
I am writing to compliment you and Allen Best on the wonderful series of articles that the Vail Daily has run over the last several weeks. You have helped educate the the valley regarding the important water issues. At a dinner party we held this week, most people were able to discuss the related issues with impressive background and knowledge – for sure a result of your series.
One issue that remains a bit unclear, although it was addressed in Allen’s Sept. 27 article, is the question “where does the buck stop with responsibility for ensuring that there will be adequate water for the continuing growth of the Valley?” Many people that I run into are very concerned about the effect of the Village at Avon on the already stretched existing supplies, especially under drought-like conditions. You once told me to continue sending suggestions. So, here goes.
I believe that you should have an article or two that focuses on the Village at Avon and touching on the following questions-issues:
1. What was the exact approval process for future water adequacy related to this project ? Who was in in the approval chain – the Avon Council, the Eagle County commissioners, etc.? Did everyone simply depend on a “yes” from the “water agency” who apparently, as intimated in Allen’s article, provides a rubber stamp on most anything and then attempts to find the water?
2. The Village at Avon is a huge project and will have huge impacts on our community, some positive and some negative. In retrospect, does it look like the Village at Avon will cause significant changes in accustomed water use (and, not just for people with big lawns) and future restrictions? An independent review of the “numbers” and projections would be very interesting.
3. Related to this, when fully developed what will the Village at Avon represent in terms of a percentage increase in water usage over that of today and that projected on today’s base?
I have two reasons for recommending the above. First, these issues are on everyone’s mind and they need to be answered. Secondly, and I may be wrong, it appears that effective due diligence was not really given to the water issue and-or not by all the various parties that approved the project.
Perhaps a new way of addressing the future water needs in approval processes needs to be established. Perhaps our elected leaders need to do more than depend on the “water agency” when such a critical issue with the magnitude of the Village at Avon comes to their desk.
The article will help reinforce the need to look more closely at the water issues related to large developments. My guess is that public officials and the public in general need to be reminded of this.
Thirdly, if there is indeed a real future issue here, then now is the time to deal with it by pushing early for increasing supplies or fighting off poaching.
The Vail Daily is a local newspaper and this is an important local issue. If further discussion is needed by the public and their representatives, then the Vail Daily will be doing another public service by bringing this to the forefront.
In my opinion, your headline of Sept. 30, “Alcohol not suspected in crash,” was in very poor taste. Is the fact that alcohol was not in use at the time of an accident involving teen-agers headline material?
Granted, alcohol is a factor in a great number of accidents, for both teens and adults. It was mentioned in the article that “neither speed nor alcohol is suspected to have been involved” (second paragraph, no less), which is where this fact belonged – not in a headline.
The headline you placed on page 2, “Tragedy strikes Eagle Valley High,” is the one I feel you should have had on your front page. Or does the Vail Daily staff feel the words alcohol and crash appearing together in a headline is more sensational, especially when it involves young people?
Even if alcohol was involved, the real story is the tragedy of this accident, the loss of Skylar Hootman, the injuries to two fine young people and the grief felt by their families, classmates and community. That is the real story – the tragedy of a horrible accident – not the use, or non-use, of alcohol.
Suzanne L. Gordon
Just want you to know how impressed we are with your daily newspaper. I notice there are 70 on your staff – they have to be good employees to put out a daily like you do. It is far above whatever I might expect of a newspaper here in the middle of the Rockie Mountains. You have all the latest news – world, sports, financial, etc. Also, it is free. Not many things in this USA are free any more, especially the quality of your product.
Thanks to each of you for all your hard work. You are a part of our day that we really look forward to.
Jack and Jane Driscoll
Lido Key, Sarasota, Fla.