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You should take only popular positionsYou’re right, Don Rogers. There was a stampede by the citizens of Eagle County to protect the Eaton Ranch as open space. You say the audience was stacked by the Vail Valley Foundation. It’s interesting that a week’s worth of outspoken opposition from the Vail Daily failed to slow the stampede or to produce more than a trickle of opposition at the county commissioners’ meeting. It reminds me of the stampede that occurred in Eagle County on Nov. 2, 2004, away from many of the issues and candidates endorsed by the Vail Daily. There has been a change in the winds in Eagle County, and the Vail Daily should either lead, follow or get out of the way of this change before an endorsement from the Vail Daily becomes the kiss of death for any cause or candidate in this community.Thanks a lotI am an 11-year Eagle County employee from Gypsum, and I am ticked off! For obvious reasons, I will remain unnamed. This year the county doubled the cost of our benefits, doubled our co-pays, and reduced the benefit package. Then they put a cap on salary increases to avoid “raise inflation,” which resulted because good employees were always getting raises on top of raises each year, and apparently the commissioners thought this was a bad thing. So now they reward the good and the bad employees equally; isn’t this another word for socialism? Also, the commissioners refused all new staffing requests, including a request by the sheriff for new deputies; isn’t law enforcement the most important function of county government? Now, to add insult to injury, the two commissioners I voted into office have now decided to squander 2.2 million Eagle County general fund dollars on yet another project for those whining people in Edwards. I regret voting for Runyon and Menconi, and I thank Tom Stone for trying to stand up for the employees and the citizens of Eagle County.Need numbersA simple solution for the hotdogs at Vail and Beaver Creek: Remember, you can’t tell the players without a score card. Hundreds of employees ski and surf the mountains, red jackets, blue jackets, yellow jackets and gray jackets. They all look alike as they fly by, climbing the catwalk walls and jumping out of the trees. Perhaps if each one had a number, like baseball and football players, they could be identified and reported. Certainly, if they knew that they were easily identifiable, it would deter some of their dangerous activities. In turn, if they knew they were being watched, they would be more observant and would better control the non-employees. Additionally, all employees should be required to wear their uniform jackets with numbers when off duty. If they are skiing free, then they should act responsibly 24-7. It’s time to put the ski patrol back on patrol. They do a wonderful job responding to accidents, but perhaps their presence on the slopes might reduce the number of speeders and accidents. Nothing slows a racer down faster than the sight of a red jacket. As for emergency situations that do occur, I suggest the patrol post phone numbers at lifts and other strategic locations, so that the many skiers with cell phones or two way radios can summon help. By the way, I have been skiing Vail and Beaver Creek for over 30 years. Thanks for lending an ear. Circle of wasteSeibert Circle. What a waste of money. $700,000 for the original art, a million dollars to take it out? How much to replace it? Don’t we have better ways to spend that money?PrejudicedThis is for your Tipsline in response to the two fellows that had complaints about the language problem they had and the one that’s a self-proclaimed bounty hunter. I was born and raised here in Eagle County. I thought prejudice was gone, but obviously not. We still have a couple here that still have a little prejudice. Just because the illegals are working here, they work their behinds off doing the jobs that they don’t want to do and do it for a lot lesser wage. Would you want to clean someone’s toilets and wash dishes?What siren?I’m calling in regards to that accident on Vail Mountain where the young lady lost her life. I’d like to first say that it’s a tragedy for that poor girl’s family and her friends. It’s also a tragedy for the gentleman that was driving the snowmobile. I think it’s all and all a tragedy for everybody in this valley, but in the 20 years I’ve been skiing in this valley, not once have I heard a siren or a horn on a snowmobile on Vail Mountain. You can hear the sirens and the horns on every snowcat on the mountain, but not once have I ever heard a horn or a siren on a snowmobile. I wanted to express my feelings to both families on both sides of the situations, and it is truly a terrible thing for this valley.AmazingI just want to let you guys know it’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m not watching the Super Bowl. I’m enjoying the sunset. Vail, Colorado

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