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A 23-year-old Kansas born man is in critical condition with a head injury following an accident in Vail’s Gold Peak terrain park. Vail’s response was to quote their risk management mantra: “Use the facility at your own risk according to your own abilities.” This is not enough safety, guys. How about some uniformed, trained park rangers in attendance at all times to provide tips, guidance and the authority to protect some people from their own lack of skills or lack of helmets. Think you can go a little further than this. We’re going to have more serious coma kids in the future if you’ve continued to offer such a dangerous terrain without taking some responsibility for it.

Plow it back

I have a question for the developers in the valley and that is they’re out there making millions of dollars, why aren’t they out there spending some of that money to make some truly affordable housing for the people in this valley. If they’re gong to make millions of dollars, then they can spend a little bit of their money to put toward affordable housing for the necessary workers in the valley.

Parking praise

I would just like to thank the Town of Vail for providing the three hours parking for $3 in both Lionshead and the Vail parking lots. For those of us that work and have to go back and forth between two and three locations and are only there for maybe an hour or two, a day it’s extremely advantageous to us. Hats off to a great job, and thank you so much.

Mag hysterical

I’d like to know if our county commissioners read Wed. Jan. 29th’s paper on page A2, it says “Ban Magnesium Chloride”. It’s about time the newspaper starts putting in something productive about magnesium chloride. From all I’ve read, no one likes it, it’s harmful, but CDOT says they don’t know what it does, they have to do a study on it, in the last article. Wait a minute here, can’t you figure out the stuff is crap? The only person in this community that’s got any balls is the Minturn town manager, thank God. Sooner or later, people should get off their butts, like our three county commissioners, and put their foot down. This stuff is terrible. It’s bad for asthma, it’s bad for vehicles, you can’t see out of your side windows or your mirrors, it corrodes, it ruins tires, it ruins almost everything on your car. Plus now they’re saying it ruins infrastructure. I hope you read this article, and I hope you take action on it. It would be nice not to have mag chloride on our roads next year. Years ago it was great, it would snow, it would clean your car off, it was awesome. But now we have too many people from the east and west coasts that think their SUVs are indestructible. Quite frankly, I love to see SUVs upside down. If you can’t drive here, you don’t belong here. So everybody, you should be a little more careful and courteous when they drive. Slow down. You don’t need to be doing 75-80 in a snowstorm. Do your 45-50 like you’re supposed to, and be courteous. I pray for all you losers. And get that stuff off our roads. Immediately.

Bus service

I just wanted to address the ECO downvalley service situation. It seems that with a resort-driven economy and mountain opening at 8:30 and that is the time that it is most crowded in the roundabout. And given the parking problems that we have, it seems hard to imagine why they would not have service from Eagle or Gypsum that arrives between 8 to 10 a.m.

Priority gap

I just read the commentary “don’t miss meeting if you value safety” regarding the lack of adequate fire protection in Vail, and I just have to wonder if there’s a lack of adequate fire protection throughout the entire Eagle River Valley and why our government, who continues to have deficit budgets, are building $3 million pavilions and spending money on recreation, Christmas tree lights, flowers. Seems like our priorities are mixed up. To me those are things that private enterprise does, not government. Government should be providing fire, police, those kinds of services that are mandatory, absolutely necessary. We’re spending all this money on unnecessary things, why are we the taxpayers of the Eagle River Valley so complacent. Why do we sit back and allow this to happen? Please, vote when it comes time, and pay attention to who you vote for, and what they stand for.

Language barrier

My tip is for the new Wal-Mart and Home Depot. All the Anglo people in the valley are frustrated when we shop at Wal-Mart because it’s hard to get direction from the Hispanic people who don’t have good enough English. So my tip to them is that everyone that they hire should either already speak a good amount of English or at least speak a small amount of English and be willing to take a class to improve their English. And I think that Wal-Mart, this is my hot tip, I think that Wal-Mart and Home Depot should get together in offering these classes and offer them themselves instead of trying to turn them in a direction to someone else. That’s my hot tip for the day.

Come to Leadville

I just wanted to let locals and tourists alike who might be looking for the mother lode know that it’s out there and it’s in Leadville with miles and miles of beautiful snowshoe and cross country skiing trails, not to mention the national mining museum. So come on over to Leadville if you’re looking for some great snowshoeing with top of the world views and cross country skiing, there’s hundreds of miles of it.

So many DUIs

I’m calling in regards to the times people wrote in about the police in Avon and the Eagle County sheriff. It seems like they don’t do any police work, they just do DUIs. I just looked at the public records in the paper and there are so many DUIs. It’s unbelievable. I think they just wait till night time, so they work from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. pretty much, and I’ve heard so many people getting these DUIs. I think everybody has one. I think also they should put stamps on their police cars to say that they had DUIs, and how many they’ve given out in the past five years. Probably an astonishing amount.

Stone-Bush effect

What is with our Mr. Stone? First, now to be an environmentalist, we have to be in the Democratic camp. Second, for shame, to knock the Sierra Club. Third, the present unexpected deletions and watering down of actions by the EPA, food and drug and OSHA will affect us all. The administration and Mr. Stone have infected this in an unhealthy way. Thank you for your candid comments. Now we know where you stand. Obviously you are not an environmentalist. I bet you don’t recycle either.

Measuring up

I enjoyed Tom Stone’s excellent article stating the facts about Mr. Menconi. I have the highest respect for Mr. Stone and also Michael Gallagher. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Menconi doesn’t measure up to these standards.

Answered your own question

I’m calling in regards to the poor guy or lady who called in on the Tipsline where they’re complaining about the Australians being hired as bus drivers by the ECO. I think it’s incredible that somebody is calling in for 19 jobs when probably a lot more than 1,900 jobs have been taken by people who probably don’t even belong in this country, undocumented workers. Maybe everyone can start calling our county commissioners and complaining. Unemployment right now is sky high in our state and sky high in Eagle County. I know a lot of ex-Battle Mountain graduates that got displaced because people seem to think that undocumented workers can take their jobs, in construction and everything else under the moon. I myself have been hurt very badly by them, in my business. These people send their money back to their country, wherever they are from, and get a lot of things for free and use and abuse our system. They don’t like us, they like our money, and they do not assimilate and they’re not proud to be an American citizen, nor do they want to be an American citizen. I hear time and time again how great their country is and how they’re going to make money and retire in their country and live like kings. They don’t spend money in our restaurants. They don’t spend money in our community. They just buy a little bit of food and send the rest of us leaving the community. So please call your county commissioners and complain, Mike, Tom and our good friend Arn and see what they have to say about it. And then flood Senator Allard’s office with phone calls. They have the phone number.

Extra mile

I want to say that I agree that teachers deserve their raises. A friend of mine requested an after school conference with her son’s teacher regarding his classroom misbehavior. This teacher spent way over an hour listening to her concerns and spent time with both of them to help them manage these problems. This teacher is tough, but she has helped her son both academically but most importantly socially this year. He has become so responsible. I told my friend that this teacher was a gem and should be rewarded, not discounted. Please support the teachers.


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