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Again we read in the Vail Daily about our students’ average performance on the CSAP tests. I will fully admit that here in Eagle County we have a mediocre school system at best. However, there is a silver lining. Clearly there were students at each school who scored in the “advanced” category, far beyond the minimal standards for proficiency. Why doesn’t the Vail Daily profile these high-achieving students and celebrate their success? We are constantly bombarded with articles heralding the achievements of our high school athletes. Let’s see some positive press regarding the shining stars of the academic realm to provide role models for all Eagle County public school students.

Oh to be a bear

Nancy Devlin, 479-9259. In my next life I want to be a bear. If you’re a bear you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that. Before you hibernate, you are supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that, too. If you’re a bear you birth your children, who are the size of walnuts, while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that. If you’re a momma bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line you swat them, too. I could deal with that. If you’re a bear your mate expects you to wake up growling, he expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat. Yep, I definitely want to be a bear.

Open space fans?

J. Steadman, George Gillette and the rest of their ilk should be ashamed of themselves. They try to suggest they care about open space being lost. How ludicrous. Well gang, employee housing is desperately needed in this town. Just ask any working stiff. What we don’t need is palaces of greed and excess on Spraddle Creek. If you cared about open space, you never would have built your 20,000-foot, obscenely grotesque homes on such beautiful land. Why don’t you stop being so selfish and help convince the town that we need more than the 142 units proposed. Employee housing is so desperately needed. NIMBYs are not needed. Help this town to grow.

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No public parking

I was in Beaver Creek Village this past Saturday. We were looking for a parking space in the village public parking lot and were appalled by being turned back. It seems that all the public parking that day was being reserved for guests of five weddings that were going on simultaneously. It seems that if public parking is indeed public, it should not be reserved for certain persons who are using private services in a private way. Public parking is for the public.

Yes, you too

A reminder to everyone with the start of the new school year, bicycles and golf carts are both supposed to stop for school bus signs, or school buses that are stopped and unloading or loading passengers. Please remember to do that.

So much for input

A big giant Miss goes out to Ludy Kurtz, mayor of Vail, who publicly admitted not listening to the 58 voice messages that were left for him regarding the new town of Vail parking changes. When asked whether he thought the phone calls were in favor or opposed, he replied that he thought they were opposed. He then voted in favor of the parking changes. How nice to know that our opinion counts with our elected officials.

Oh but they can

I’m just wondering if with the drought that we’re in right now whether or not Eagle County is considering a building moratorium. It would seem that they should not be issuing tap permits since they cannot even furnish water to those of us who are already here.

Park this

I just wanted you to know what a disservice the Vail Town Council did to Vail residents, our guests and especially the employees. Especially with Diana Donovan nickeling and diming our employees for the parking and also the mayor saying that he did not listen to the

voice mails that he received, 58 voice mails, in reference to the parking. I hope the town decides to reconsider. Otherwise I guess we’ll just take our business downvalley.

Bad parking decision

I certainly couldn’t agree more with Robert Aken of Avon in regard to the “Free after 3” instead of “Free after 5” parking in Vail. What is Vail trying to do, sabotage its businesses? Locals and tourists alike appreciate that 90-minute window to make quick stops for videos, pick up food and the like. Please, rethink this. This is a poor, poor decision. We definitely need and require the 90-minute free parking. Do not change it. Consider putting it back the way it was. It was working. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Wide support

Thank you Allen K. for your letter Aug. 20. I hope you sent it to all of the council members. There is wide support for your statements.

Are you kidding?

In response to Bill Rodkey’s letter on Sunday, Aug. 25, I quote, “I am quite concerned that such an edifice will forever defile our beautiful mountain and desecrate our quaint village.” Mr. Rodkey, maybe you should look at other employee housing in Vail. It has been done quite tastefully and attractively. Your statements are so ridiculous it’s laughable. If any housing is ugly, it’s Spraddle Creek’s obvious greed and waste of resources. You state you are not against employee housing, just against it at Middle Creek. Your NIMBYism is so disgusting. Middle Creek is a great location, close to town. It will bring more activity and vibrance to the town center. There will be no buses, no cars, your assertion that these units are not affordable shows just how out of touch you are. $540 for a studio is about $350 below current rent, and $1,700 for a three-bedroom is about $1,000-$1,500 below market rent for a comparable unit with such a great location. Your assertion that town of Vail is giving a green light to anything is preposterous. The Design Review Board has made numerous changes and undoubtedly they will make more. You say there is strong opposition. I say I have heard absolutely none, except greedy Spraddle Creek homeowners. Please, for the sake of all Vail Valley residents, do not allow these selfish and out-of-touch people to derail this awesome project.

No recycling?

I’m sure you’ve heard this tons of time, but I’m just really curious why Vail has no recycling program. I just worked a banquet the other day at Dobson Ice Arena and I probably saw tens of hundreds of pounds of beer bottles get thrown out. With thousands of people drinking beer bottles all night, you can imagine the trash, so I just was wondering why Vail can be that cheap and not recycle.

Editor’s note: Vail does have a recycling program, though obviously it would be better if people took advantage of it.

Different numbers

I’m looking at the Sunday, Aug. 25, edition of the Vail Daily and it appears that the Daily thinks the river flows are important enough to put it on the front page. However, you don’t seem to think it’s important enough to get it accurate. Very seldom do the numbers on the front page agree with the numbers on the weather page.

We do that

Recently one of your people that called in to the Tipsline or possibly in a letter to the editor suggested a wall of shame type list in bold print for all the DUI and DWI drivers. I think this is a fantastic idea. I think the humiliation would possibly force some of the people into a 12-step program. I think it would also keep our highways and streets safer from alcoholic and drug induced drivers. I would love to see this list published on a weekly basis and it may be a form of natural intervention that some of the people visiting here and living here need. Please consider this type of a list for the driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the paper on a weekly basis. I think it’s a fantastic idea, it could be a great public service.

Editor’s note: These names run on Saturdays, usually on page A8 or 9, in the public records listings.

Ban it all

I don’t understand why everybody’s crying about water. There seems to be tons of water in Eagle-Vail. It’s all in trucks and they’re spraying it on that dirt on that big project to keep the dust down. The moratorium on buildings would be good for Eagle County. A moratorium on the people entering our state might be a good thing. A moratorium on undocumented people who don’t even belong in this country possibly? Also a moratorium on golf courses. Hey, what have we done to our beautiful state? And how about that magnesium chloride? When has there been a good year since magnesium chloride has been applied? Never. Wake up and smell that magnesium chloride. It’s got great hydrochloric acid, arsenic and barium and cadmium, etc., coming off, and it’s also killing your trees. It’s real good for you, I think.

Take it off

Will somebody please tell the people at the Vail TV8 Channel to take the blinking counter sign off of the screen? It’s very distracting. Also, when is Ropir Cablevision going to change the clock on their channel to the correct time? It’s been off all summer.

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