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Letters to the Editor: Sun Down to stay same

Bill Jensen, Chief Operating Officer Vail Resorts

Several months ago Vail Resorts, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. initiated a public scoping process with respect to potential lift improvements in Sun Up and Sun Down Bowl.

The proposal, the replacement and upgrade of Chair 5 and the addition of a second lift in the Sun Down Bowl area, was intended to identify potential alternatives and encourage public comment on these options. This public process has been successful. Vail Resorts would like to thank everyone who shared their thoughts and suggestions with the community, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Forest Service.

Based on comments received, Vail Resorts intends to work with the U.S. Forest Service on studying an eventual replacement of Chair 5 (in the future as the lift reaches the end of its useful life). We will consider demand, capacity, speed, base terminal location, environmental impacts and other criteria as part of this process.

With respect to a new lift in Sun Down Bowl, Vail Resorts agrees with public sentiment that this terrain currently offers a unique ski experience that appeals to many of our guests. Based on that conclusion, Vail Resorts does not intend to pursue the concept of a lift in Sun Down Bowl and will continue to maintain the present experience of Sun Down Bowl for the foreseeable future.

Again, our thanks to everyone who participated in this public scoping process. Your comments and suggestions were sincerely appreciated.

History spat

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Holiday crusade

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But, for the millions of factory-farmed pigs and turkeys, our holiday season portends only agony, despair and death after a lifetime of caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging and mutilation.

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This year, let’s have a truly gentle holiday. Let’s send the message of “peace on earth” to all living beings.

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Patriotic talk

We all – Democrats and Republicans alike – are patriots. We all love our country and would choose to live nowhere else. We all appreciate democracy and one of its tenets – free speech.

But now the Republican Party and Republican media castigate anyone who criticizes George W. Bush. They don’t argue the merits of the criticism, but rather state that he’s the commander in chief and the morale of the troops may be diminished. Utter nonsense!

The truth is that he got us involved in Iraq under false pretenses; he has alienated friends and foes alike; and he hasn’t a clue as to what to do now. Most of us know that, and so do many of the servicemen that are in Iraq with their lives at risk. These are the facts and they should be spoken and published.

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