Letters to the Editor
Not quiteI am writing to clarify some of the points made in the Aug. 4 article about teacher turnover. No one in the Eagle County School District office said, “Teachers with one to three years of teaching time in the district who resigned were usually compelled to do so because they hadn’t improved under the Teacher Advancement Prog-ram.” We did have 14 probationary teachers (teachers with one to three years of teaching time in the district) who were not asked to return and did not have their contracts renewed for 2006-07. We also have nearly 150 of our teachers on probationary status that we are delighted to have coming back to our classrooms this fall. Additionally, we have some very good probationary teachers who chose to leave the district for a variety of reasons including Eagle County’s high cost of living, decisions to go back to school or start a family, as well as some who disagree with our school reform efforts. Melinda GladitschEagle County Schools CommunicationsSetting an exampleFirst of all, I would like to thank the Daily for keeping the bear stories in the forefront. Hopefully the stories and the dialogue will serve to educate the public and help avoid the tragedy of killing any more bears because of our ignorant behavior. We live in the mountains. It is our duty to this magnificent environment to do everything we can to live and cohabitate with our surroundings in the most conscientious way possible. This leads me to the main reason for this letter. I work in Beaver Creek. Everyone who lives and works here in the Beav knows that we share this mountain retreat with a number of bears. I need not remind most locals of the shooting incident in Bachelor’s Gulch a couple of years ago. It was very unfortunate for the bear. It was a pleasure recently to talk with several excited visitors about their encounter with the young bear that has been hanging out near the Dally run. It was obviously the biggest thrill of their summer vacation. This juvenile bear has been having a little party of his own with the trash containers by the chair lift. It is hard for me to fathom why Vail Resorts can’t dig deep and purchase bear-proof trash cans for the resort. Why is Vail Resorts part of the problem? I have seen the Beaver Creek security officers do a wonderful job protecting our furry friends from the public and I give them a big kudos for their efforts, but it’s ridiculous that the resort company isn’t doing their part to keep the bears from coming down in to the plaza area looking for food. Please, please, please fix this! It sends a message to all of the second-home owners and residents that the resort company is willing to do their part and maybe some more of the homeowners around here will follow suit. Vail Resorts has an obligation to our community to be the leader and role model in finding a way to coexist with wildlife. Lori Cotton Help after fallOn July 29 I unfortunately fell in Vail. I had some wonderful helpers that helped me with my baby and my little girl, Ella. I want to say thank you to the family that helped me and to Tom and everyone else that took time to help me! The fire department and ambulance staff were great. The Mueller family just wanted to say thank you!Carl, Angela, Ella and Peter Mueller Great traditionThanks Taste of Vail! This event is such a great tradition for the Vail community. Everyone looks forward to this great food and wine festival in the spring. What many do not realize is that the Taste of Vail also provides many nonprofits with much-needed financial support. Donations are made to several nonprofits in the valley from money raised at this event.The volunteer men and women of Vail Mountain Rescue Group would like to thank the board of directors of Taste of Vail for their kind donation to the local rescue group. We would also like to thank all of the local patrons that support this wonderful event each spring. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.Mary Lou Armour Vail Mountain Rescue GroupMissing ingredientI just wanted to make a comment about your article on “The warmth of Old World Europe in Vail” – the cover Arts and Entertainment article that was run on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Though this article was well-written, one major part of this article was left out – the chef of the restaurant. Without a good chef, who cares about the restaurant? What is their name? What is their background? Any reporter doing an article about a restaurant should know to ask about the chef. Any editor reading an article in the Arts and Entertainment section should know there should be some mention of a chef, and know the story isn’t complete without it.Once again the Vail Daily has provided a disappointing, half-baked story and failed to do the research necessary on a story. The editors, writers and management seem to be falling more and more into the Home Depot and Wal-Mart customer service attitude: We’re in the mountains and we’re the only place for you to do business, so we’ll do a bad job and you’ve got to deal with it.That’s a pretty poor attitude and not a good reputation for anyone to haveBrian WilliamsGood job, Vail ResortsWow! Vail Resorts should be heartily congratulated for going to all wind power, and becoming the second-largest wind energy purchaser in the entire nation. Similar kudos to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and British PM Tony Blair for committing to jointly explore ways to reduce global warming. Ditto for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and Colorado voters who have consistently supported alternative energy projects, and open space and forest land protection that protect and improve air quality by protecting trees.All across the United States, voters and state and local governments get it and are way, way ahead of our national political leaders in trying to do something about greenhouse gases, global warming and our consumption of fossil fuels. The only sad part is that President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress still seem to think global warming is some sort of leftist plot to ruin American business, and that we can drill our way out of the problem by using up our last domestic oil and gas reserves. However, if we consume those last reserves in Alaska, the continental shelf, and the West, what will be left for our children and grandchildren? Nothing! Won’t they need at least some fossil fuels?It’s high time that the president and Congress catch up with the voters and immediately: 1) increase automobile fuel efficiency standards; 2) require that 25 percent of our energy come from alternative sources (wind solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal etc.) by 2025, as proposed by Congressman Mark Udall; and 3) sign the Kyoto accords. Our current head in the sand posture is just plain embarrassing, and is epitomized by wasteful developments like the one being proposed by Bobby Ginn, which would promote more traffic, energy consumption, pollution and suburban sprawl in one of the most fragile areas of Eagle County.For the $300 billion-$400 billion cost of the war in Iraq, we could be building enough wind and solar farms to meet over half of the nation’s needs for electricity. Instead, day by day, our continued thirst for foreign oil is hampering our economy, and leading us down a perhaps irreversible path of global warming – with potentially disastrous impacts on climate, agriculture and the large percentage of the world’s population that lives at or near sea level.In its most elemental terms, the risk of not doing anything on global warming to simply too great. Thank you, Vail Resorts, for recognizing the problem, and taking bold action to make a difference. Andy WiessnerVailOn his mindHi Don Rogers. Nice fabricated war (in “Point-Counterpoint) with Tamara Miller (editor of the Vail Trail). This is going to be fun to follow. The Trail is actually much more entertaining, BTW.Since we’re looking for things to argue about these days, we seem to have forgotten a skirmish which Greg Moffet heroically pursued a few years back. Jake Brakes. I recall the town of Vail made some token decision to enforce a noise ordinance.. …Enforcement hasn’t happened. We now have a few signs asking the nice truck drivers not to use their jake brakes. I see more SUVs than semis (if I rarely ever see either of those species pulled over at all by Dunkin’, the Plastic Police Officer) temporarily detained.What happened to this “crisis” for which everyone has patiently been waiting for resolution. And who let us down? Maybe those who don’t live near the exceeded decibel level, perhaps. Is this really enforceable if I-70 is federal property?Craig Wiedl VailVail, Colorado
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