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Thanks, officers

Donnie Beavers

I would like to thank the two more than kind Vail police officers who aided getting me home on New Year’s Eve. These gentleman were more than kind and understanding in helping me get home since I lost track of my friends, boots and one sock in the freezing temperatures!

Thank you Vail Police for your honest goodness and help. Best wishes to the Vail PD in the New Year.

Donnie Beavers

Difference makers

The Vail Valley Salvation Army would like to extend our warmest thank you to the tremendous team of community volunteers throughout Eagle County from East Vail to Gypsum who donated their time to us this holiday season.

All of our holiday programs supporting low-income families and individuals depend upon community support and we were overwhelmed with the response from you, our community who joined us in “our spirit of giving.”

Over 700 food baskets were assembled and delivered to individuals and families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Food Pantry was stocked with donations from individuals, Boy Scouts, local churches, service and school groups. Toys and coats for our Holiday Cabin were donated generously. 310 families were recipients of our Adopt A Family Program matching families in need with community sponsors. Dedicated volunteers rang the Salvation Army bells often enduring freezing temperatures in seven locations valley wide.

So whether you dropped money into our red kettles, bought a child a gift, delivered food baskets, adopted a family in need, rang a bell for us or worked at our Holiday Cabin please know that you made a difference in the lives of many individuals in our valley this holiday season. We have too many names to mention each of you individually but please know that you are all equally important to us and to the success of our holiday and yearlong programs.

We thank you all for giving generously with your hearts.

Greg Osteen

Tsu Wolin-Brown

JoAnn Carhart Levy

Vail Valley Salvation Army

Can’t say that

From your article Jan. 2 titled “What are we committing to this year?”: Jimmy Mills said this year he’s committed to having as much sex as possible.

“I have been doing great, but I need to improve,” said the 21-year-old University of Alabama student. “I’m thinking 20 to 30 girls in the year and maybe 1,000 times.”

Is this the message that the publishers of the Vail Daily REALLY want to convey to their readers? What a FINE example you set for your readers, both young and old! I would think that your sense of common decency to your readership would preclude your publishing this kind of trash. Or is it the shock value that is your primary goal?

If Ms. Whitney is trying to make a name for herself, perhaps she is going about it in the wrong way.

John Bade


Very thoughtful

Vail Fire and Emergency services would like to send a warm and heartfelt thank you to all the fine folks that were generous and kind enough to drop off some delectable goodies to the firehouses during the holiday season.

Cakes, cookies, pies, rolls, homemade candy, and a smoked turkey were all received with gratitude and consumed with great joy. The smiling faces that delivered such an epicurean extravaganza to a batch of hungry smoke eaters was a pleasure to behold.

Indeed, it is an honor and a pleasure to to serve residents and guests alike in a town as beautiful as ours.

Thank you. Stay safe. Call us if you need us.

J.R. Rulapaugh

Vail Fire and

Emergency Services

Easy solution

It seems to me that the Social Security “problem” ” if there is a “problem” ” has a relatively painless solution. We really don’t need to raise the age when it kicks in and we shouldn’t raise the amounts being paid by employers or individuals.

Instead, why don’t some of us just gulp and agree to change the concept of social security so that it is considered to be discretionary rather than an absolute entitlement. Let’s just treat it as an insurance policy rather than a government obligation. That really isn’t too far-fetched. After all, it was conceived as a program that would help folks to have a graceful old age without being dependent upon their families or friends.

And so if it is not needed for that reason, it could cease to be an obligation of the government.

I would leave the exact formula for exclusion up to the fiscal analysts. It would be graduated based on gross or net income and it might well be subject to change from time to time. However, I am certain that we who have retired with sizable incomes from pensions and/or investments could get along very well without some portion, or perhaps all of our social security payments. Just for example ” do people with an income of $200,000 really need Social Security checks or could they live very comfortably without them.

David Le Vine

Vail, Colorado

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