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Letters: Trash companies are messy

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Read this book

I just finished reading a wonderful book “Three Cups of Tea.” It is the amazing story of Greg Mortenson ” a single, dedicated American ” and his overwhelming desire to build schools in the small villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It is a book that offers first-hand insight into the minds and hearts of the forgotten people of those two countries. It tells us of the overwhelming desire that the young people have for an education and it highlights the endorsement of the elders towards that end. It promotes education as the humanitarian way to defeat terrorism ” and suggests that it is perhaps the only way.



Very importantly, it clearly iterates the actions and reactions that result from our penchant for military “strikes.” Although it doesn’t criticize our actions in Iraq, one must stop and think what might have been.

At any rate, it is a wonderful and inspirational tale and one that will take you beyond the realm of “traditional” thinking.



David Le Vine

Price of Menconi recall

If enough signatures are collected within the two-week timeframe the Menconi recall can appear on the November ballot. If more time is needed to collect the required signatures, then a special election may be called, but consider the savings:



Cost to Eagle County Citizens for a special election: About 90 cents each.

Menconi’s KiddieKare: $832,000-plus.

Menconi’s Bair Ranch boondoggle: $2 million.

Menconi’s Buffalo Ridge bail-out: $200,000.

Menconi’s fleet of new Toyota Piouses: To be determined.

Recalling Arn Menconi now: Priceless.

Charles J. (CJ) Mathon

Avon

Editor’s note: The recall committee did not turn in completed petitions by July 27, meaning it is likely that the Arn Menconi recall will not end up on the November ballot, according to Teak Simonton, the county clerk and recorder. Now, any recall election will have to be a special election.

Rafting needs to change

(Refer to “Are rafters in over their heads?”)

I appreciate your article in the Daily. I knew you would have to portray both sides of the story. However, contrary to what the rafting companies feel, unfortunately, I don’t think there should be any opposing argument to the following ideas to encourage saftey and prevention of unecessary deaths:

Regardless of what the rafting guides and companies say; Something does need to change: Bottom line:

1. Rafting companies need to offer a half-hour video days before the ride or mail out the video to the groups (maybe it should be required for class IV and V, and offered for anything under).

Even Adventure Ridge requires a video be watched before people go tubing! Plus did you see the image you had printed in the article?I bet that image alone would make laymen realize “hey this is much more than I thought or was told.” That is a powerful picture of what a class V can be like and no one gets to see those images (which is the reality of a class V), and a video can show and portray this.

2. Require certifications for those who already have been on a class III, showing some river experience to go on the “expert-only” class V trips. And make certain class V rapids are labeled “expert only” just like the ski mountains do.

Something needs to give, and something needs to be mandated across all rafting companies. This should be the standard procedure. Like I said in my letter, something needs to be done.

My friend had a good point: If five people died on the same run on Vail Mountain, Vail Resorts would certainly do something about it.

Linda Lebid

Edwards

Trashy streets

I have always been curious to why there was so much trash on the sides of our roads considering we live in a clean-conscious community. The answer to this question (or at least a major contributor to the problem) was identified to me strictly by chance on Monday morning. I was driving through Singletree when a Honeywagon truck pulled out of the Singletree community center after hauling out their trash. As I followed the truck, I started to notice various sizes of paper starting to fly out of the top loader onto the streets. Then hundreds of little white plastic packing “peanuts” began floating through the air and blowing everywhere. As my 5-year-old daughter sat amused, I was sick to my stomach. The driver who was clearly aware of the damage looked helpless; I could tell he wasn’t going to stop. The sad part was ” neither did I.

Today in Lionshead, I was waiting patiently for another trash truck (this time it was a Waste Management truck) to back away from a scheduled pick-up and yet again, the trash started flying once the truck started moving. I was no longer sad but quite angry. My question is this, are the trash companies liable for the mess they (knowingly) make to our streets?

Eric Lyon

Edwards

Government is the problem

Government was (and still is) the problem, not the solution to a problem.

The Democrats, now controlling Congress, have a view of the economy that could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And, if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Bernie Schwartz

Edwards

Hunting stops road kill

While driving to work on eastbound I-70 on July 31, I noticed a dead bull elk in the median. The first thought that came to mind was; what a waste. Being a bit of a wildlife nut, I asked myself; would an anti-hunter even notice that dead elk? My conclusion was, no. I came to this conclusion because they have no interest in trying to ban cars or interstates. They ignore the daily piles of fur on the medians. Instead, they choose to pursue a tradition that they have no real understanding of beyond the kill, and base their assertions on faulty unreliable data developed by an individual who is not affiliated with the state of New Jersey. This data has since been widely debunked, and the New Jersey Fish and Game’s own estimates put the loss figure at a much smaller number.

How strange that the letter to the editor from Joe Miele (“Bowhunting is cruel”) would be in the paper the same day. As instructed by Mr. Miele, I went to the listed Web site, http://www.cashwildwatch.org and read the propaganda listed on it pages. I noticed that the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (C.A.S.H) has been around since 1976.

While it is nice to see the longevity of such a fine organization, one has to ask the question. What has C.A.S.H actually accomplished during all this time? I have not heard of any “sport hunting” being banned during this time frame. Thirty-one years is a long time for an organization to be in existence. How much money has been spent funding the incomes of people such as Mr. Miele? How much money has C.A.S.H. raised and spent with no real benefit to wildlife and their habitat? Seems like not much bang for the buck, so to speak. But this always seems to be the case with these types of self-serving anti-hunting organizations.

I would like to ask Mr. Miele to acknowledge how many conservation groups have been started since 1976. I would like Mr. Miele to acknowledge how much money has been raised and spent towards the conservation of the very wildlife he claims to support in those 31 years. I will even help him out with the following; http://www.rmef.org, http://www.fnaws.org, http://www.nwtf.org, http://www.muledeer.org, http://www.ducks.org. There are many, many more groups such as these out there; these are just the ones I am familiar with. The habitat saved and the wildlife that thrives from the work of these groups benefits people from all walks of life. Hunters, non-hunters, wildlife watchers and yes even anti-hunters.

It is ironic that all of the above groups support wildlife which in turn gives Mr. Miele a job and purpose in life. What does he do again?

The fact of the matter is people such as me and Mr. Miele will never see eye-to-eye on the subject of hunting. However, I will not allow myself to be as short-sighted as Mr. Miele and claim him or small children with bows to be the enemy. I will instead continue to support the types of organizations as listed above that are providing for the future of our great North American wildlife. I would like to ask all who read this to do the same, no matter your views on hunting. All of the organizations above have non-hunting members. It is pointless to fight each other when so much is at stake; so much wildlife and habitat is lost daily. So many elk dead on the interstate.

I noticed Mr. Miele’s fine organization has a New Jersey address. I will assume his ties to this valley are recreational. So, when Mr. Miele is out here on his next skiing vacation I imagine he will stay in the hotel, condo or second home that has been built on once-prime wildlife habitat. I would like to invite him over to my home for some elk fajitas and conversation regarding the real threats and the real future of the wildlife we both so dearly love. I swear the elk will not be road kill.

Joe Zupancic

Gypsum


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