Make Regula pay for recent legislative abuses
Make Regula pay for recent legislative abusesI urge you to actively oppose the appointment of Representative Ralph Regula from Ohio, a state with no public lands, to chair the House Appropriations Committee in the 109th Congress (see related stories, “While you were sleeping,” “A surprising second chance,” and “Every purchase is a vote,” at vailtrail.com, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 editions).Representative Regula has abused the legislative process by attaching a permanent public lands fee program to the FY 2005 omnibus appropriations bill. This is substantive legislation including criminal penalties, up to 6 months in jail and $5,000 fines for not having a pass, and new taxes that should have received hearings, debate, and a floor vote. Instead, it was sneaked in as a rider without ever passing the floor of the House and without being introduced, having hearings, or being voted upon in the Senate.Representative Regula has repeatedly abused his power by using threats and intimidation to bypass the legislative process and push through his pet projects as spending riders on omnibus appropriations bills.Representative Regula is hostile to true representative government, unresponsive to local and state elected bodies and insensitive to rural taxpayers, particularly in the west where the brunt of this new tax will be felt.It would be dangerous for the future of our public lands, as well as other areas like transportation or education, if someone who repeatedly stoops to such underhanded tactics were to control such a powerful committee.Please support either Representative Jerry Lewis or Representative Hal Rogers to chair the Appropriations Committee by calling the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Phone: (202) 225-2976 Fax: (202) 225-0697 or your Congressperson at (202) 224-3121. If you need additional information to understand how important it is to be involved, contact:Robert FunkhouserWESTERN SLOPE NO-FEE COALITIONP.O. Box 403, Norwood, CO firstname.lastname@example.orgIt’s time to say it’s our land.A.J. JohnsonEdwardsA piece of homeUnfortunately, I don’t live in the valley any more, but I go online to continue reading Elizabeth’s articles (see Elizabeth Chicoine’s “Mom Matters” columns at vailtrail.com). They ring true with moms no matter where we live. I just love them! Keep telling our stories Elizabeth.Karen ZadkovicGreeley, Colo.Blue stars, green cloversI would to start off by saying that Ms. Blackwell’s writing technique is impeccable. Bridget’s professionalism is above reproach and I admire her work. I look forward to reading more of her columns. Thank you for providing this town with the information needed to have a unforgettable week. It’s only going to get better. Happy holidays.The Tall LeprechaunVailCredit where credit is dueThe article in today’s paper about Jane Healy is wonderful (see High Country Characters, “Jane Healy” at vailtrail.com, Dec. 16 edition). She is an asset to our community, and I am delighted that you not only recognized this fact, but you did something about it. Congratulations.Jean L. KleinFrom one painter to anotherI have painted with Erika, she is a wonderful teacher and a lovely lady (see High Country Characters, “Erika Ammann” at vailtrail.com, Dec. 9 edition).I am so happy for the opportunity she had going to the White House.Judith MacLarenCape Coral, Fla.Thanks for the helpThe 40th annual Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale held Aug. 21, 22, 28 and 29 in Maloit Park, was a huge success, raising more than $170,000 that has now sweetened the coffers of local charities.Many thanks to all the community members and businesses who donated items for the sale and auction, to the outstanding volunteers who put in several thousand hours sorting and pricing all the goods and to all those who supported the event by shopping for amazing bargains.The money raised through this event was doled out to more than 65 local non-profit groups throughout the Eagle Valley. All items left over following the sale were donated to goodwill in Denver, making this event a giant recycling project.Thank you for your continued support. Donations can be dropped off for next year’s sale at the Maloit Park location. For large item pickups, call Byron Brown at 476-5701. Plan to attend next year’s event – Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28.Vi BrownChairpersonLetter from the mayorWe’ve been busy this year at the Town of Vail. Ten major re-developments have been approved and more are on the way. We invite you to join the Vail Town Council and staff to learn more about these and other activities during our annual State-of-the Town-Report on Thursday, Dec. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Donovan Pavilion. The program will include a review of the town’s year-end accomplishments and a look ahead to 2005.While we have much to report at our Annual Community Meeting, we also want to learn what’s on the minds of our stakeholders. Whether you’re a full-time resident, part-time resident, employee, business owner, or guest, there’s no better time than now to join us for a discussion on Vail’s future. So mark your calendars and plan to attend on Dec. 30.Also, be sure to take time to enjoy the festive lights and activities throughout the holiday season. Vail is a wonderful and magical place this time of year. It’s a joyful and heartwarming experience we must never take for granted. Happy holidays!Rod SilferTown of Vail MayorCorrections In our story on the Real Estate boom in the Dec. 26 edition, we should have stated that Slifer Smith and Frampton is in a joint venture with Vail Resorts as an L.L.C., and is not a division of Vail Resorts. Our Did you know? from the Nov. 25 edition should have stated that the Bricklin was its own style of automobile not a kind of Yugo as we reported. The Bricklin represented the first new American automobile company, outside of the Big Four; General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and AMC, since the Tucker automobile. The car was compared to the Corvette and sold for $7,490 in the fall of 1975. VT
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