Magnet for filling rooms |

Magnet for filling rooms

Don Rogers

A point we did not note is the the Keystone conference center accounts for 35 percent to half of the room reservations at the resort. How much is that worth? The dynamic with room reservations will be similar at Vail, notwithstanding fears of critics that the center will be built and no one will come. Oh, they’ll come.

Voters decided

Would someone please explain to Vail Town Council-woman Diana Donovan that the conference center question PASSED?

It’s precious that the reigning queen of doom and gloom can’t quite grasp how such a center can benefit the community, but the voters have spoken.

However she wants to explain away the election results, her role now is to fulfill the expressed will of the people as intelligently as she can and help build the dang thing.

Enough with the stuff that the residents didn’t know what they were voting on and therefore are not as qualified as she to make important decisions such as this. Please.

Folks opposing the center had ample opportunity to air their views, and they raised good questions about the venture. They certainly didn’t suffer from failure to speak their minds, though there was no organized effort to campaign as a team against the proposal. That’s not the advocates’ fault, though, and it’s no scandal for a group to mount a campaign to pass something. They didn’t “drown” out anyone’s voice.

We even recall that proponents recognized quite publicly that there is inherent risk in ventures such as this. And we still think it’s a good bet.

Still, the point is that Vail’s voters made a decision and Donovan has a responsibility to carry it out to the best of her ability. This ain’t quite a monarchy yet.

Melting away

Whatever the cause – ice age cycles or fossil fuels – it is becoming ever more undeniable that the climate is warming worldwide. Avon weather watcher Frank Doll sees this trend at his station, which is relied upon in court cases as well as the Weather Service.And you won’t get an argument from anyone who has been to Glacier National Park these days. Where once there were 150 glaciers, they are down to 35. The melting has been dramatic. In 30 years, none will remain. The park will need a new name. D.R.

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