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Nipping at our heels

Don Rogers

Reading our competitors last week, you’d think the Vail Daily was the news instead of trying to cover it.

Speakout’s cover was a double treat, including the no doubt burning issue of the week: The Vail Daily’s editor must be, gasp, a liberal. Gadzooks! Michael Cacioppo, now apparently into outing folks, declared such. So it must be true, and we thank him.

Maybe now the folks who actually take pride in wearing the liberal label will quit calling the silly fool of an editor a conservative prig, given Michael’s expertise in such matters.

His lead story of the week was about a Vail Daily story that got Tom Stone’s feelings about Eagle Valley Land Trust board members serving on the new county Open Space Committee wrong. The writer, Veronica Whitney, feels terrible about that.

Mike figures she must have misunderstood Stone because he didn’t like her cell phone ringing during his meetings. Mike may not be a liberal, but we’re beginning to wonder if he might be getting into some of the same wacky air that occasionally wafts at parties frequented by liberals. Research, maybe?

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Sure, Mike, reporters will put their jobs at jeopardy and embarrass themselves just to get back at someone expressing irritation at a cell phone ringing during a meeting. Such deduction – right up there with the assertion that a Kobe Bryant rumor last summer couldn’t be proven untrue, so therefore it should be printed.

And to our left, Trail Editor David Williams, when not breaking his arm patting himself on the back for exposing those mountain lion tracks as really a dog’s, took special pains last week to express disgust at Daily Publisher Steve Pope winning the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau’s Business Person of the Year.

Why, Pope and the Daily belong to the chamber, and Pope in his spare time serves as president of the organization. Therefore he’s unfit for a chamber award recognizing his community work. Of course, Williams left out the part about all the winners and nominees belonging to the chamber. Well, it was their awards gala, after all.

Somehow, the fate of the free world doesn’t seem to be in any great danger because a chamber honored some of its own.

Still, at least in theory, the Vail Valley can count itself fortunate to have varied voices in the form of several newspapers. Fewer and fewer communities have this good fortune these days.

After all, the Daily is unlikely to raise a stink over the efficacy of chamber awards or chew its tail over what appellation to hang on the editor. All seem to apply, judging by our letters and obsessions of our rivals.

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