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Heaven nowJust to pass along how sad I am to the Herrera family and my condolences. Your son died for a noble cause. But … you don’t want to hear that right now. I cried when I saw your son in the paper, and I’m so sorry for your loss and everyone else’s. I’m so sorry. God bless you and let you make a speedy recovery. When I read about him, I cried. He was a gorgeous boy, and he’s in heaven now. Get a clue!How much did Peter Knobel pay the Vail Daily to write such a stupid article on the front page of the Vail Daily on Tuesday. I mean really. You think we’re stupid or what? Bigger buildings because the land is so expensive in Vail? You know what? We don’t need bigger buildings in Vail. You’ve got Edwards, Avon, Arrowhead, Mountain Star, Cordillera, Eagle, Gypsum? We don’t need your big buildings in Vail. When are you people going to get a clue?Missed opportunityThis is concerning the Crossroads. The Crossroads needs to be rebuilt NOW. Kaye Ferry and her multiple columns this summer, and Christopher Bickham, in his detailed letter in the Vail Daily, have reported this better than I ever could. What I see is the Town Council passing up a fantastic opportunity to add amenities to Vail Village because they’re hung up with a little more height on the building. Get real. Buildings have to be bigger to be cost-justified today. This is not 1960. The additional height would only block the view of the drivers speeding by on I-70, and they should be looking at the road, not the mountain. I hope the Town Council will approach Peter Knobel and enable him to make this project happen now as it was approved by the Planning Commission. He followed all the rules. The council looked like fools to overrule the staff responsible for reviewing and submitting this project. This is the antithesis of leadership. With the construction going on in the village, this is the time to do it. Crossroads looks like a slum now, and if it’s not rebuilt it will be even more of a blemish in the middle of a renewed town. Hardball won’t workBravo to Councilmen Slifer, Cleveland and Logan and Councilwoman Donovan. They predicted what made Vail a number one ski resort and a top summer destination. Skylights that are not dominated by a 113-foot-tall building but instead are dominated by a blue sky and mountains. Mr. Knobel, if you truly embrace this community and were committed to making it better, then you would continue to work with the town to produce a successful development. Your big city, hardball approach makes me question your intentions and your original claims of community benefits.Vail, Colorado

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