MileageIf one wanted to view the decline in automobile economical gas consumption vehicles, the decade of the 1960s would be the origin to investigate.A man with no hand-foot-eye coordination, unable to operate even an automatic shift vehicle, who never learned to drive or obtain a drivers license condemned America’s most revolutionary compact economy vehicle: the Corvair.Ralph Nader wrote “Unsafe At Any Speed” and the Corvair, Valiant and the Falcon all were abandoned, while he was unable to drive one.In the next decade manufacturers were mandated to protect the less than 1 percent of drivers who cannot combine visual input from traffic signals and signs with their hands and feet.The weight of cars nearly doubled due to 5 mph collision-safe bumpers, side bracing, and air bag devices. The costs have increased ten-fold. In 1965, a new 6-cylinder Chevy half-ton pickup could be purchased for $1,600. Now the light Chevy truck is $16,000.This same man still wanders about the American civilization as a consumer advocate in all matters he is asked to represent, asking for more costly measures to protect us from ourselves with the same void in knowledge of anything he cannot operate or understand.A return to simplicity may be the only positive effect of the upcoming fuel shortage.As an aside, it is fortunate for Colorado that the mainstream of refinery crude stock for the Denver refineries has been made from the Canadian Athabasca tar sands. This according to a Phillips Petroleum employee that said all Phillips stations sell gas exclusively from tar sands. This makes Denver refineries independent of the one-quarter of America’s supplies that get shut off by Gulf hurricanes. Refined product pipelines will have restricted flows for the storm systems duration.Steve ZorichakVailDidn’t see humorI was absolutely aghast at Alex Miller’s Vail Mountain School Home Tour article titled, “The art of envy.” These Vail homeowners freely volunteered their homes in order to raise money for VMS scholarship fund. And then Alex could not contain his jealousy and just appreciate and respect the homes and the families who live in them. What a jerk he sounded like. Latoya Thompson Dillon Road closure?In regards to the proposed road closing of Beaver Creek Boulevard, I have been very disappointed with the town of Avon’s efforts. Recently the Vail Daily wrote an article on this closure and enclosed a copy of a letter that the town reccommended that citizens write to the commision in charge of reviewing this closing. This letter recommended by the town had nothing in it about keeping West Beaver Creek Boulevard open! The letter was all about citizens asking for the new requested openings at the new developments in order to promote growth in Avon. It seemed very obvious at that point that the town is definitely willing to let the Beaver Creek road close if it will get them the other openings. My wife and I live in The Aspens trailer park, which is at the proposed closing. There are 1,000-2,000 people in this park, most of whom use that crossing coming and going to work. … My last concern in regards to this closure is also something that stems from my job. I am a paramedic with the ECHSD based in Edwards. With this proposed closure any emergency medical services needed at The Aspen’s, Westlake Village and the Avon Elementary School would be delayed. This does not seem to be a factor that the town is concerned with. David Boss AvonVail, Colorado
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A Nov. 30 to Governor Polis and the Eagle County Commissioners from Beaver Creek Resorts Company – as well as the towns of Vail, Avon, Eagle and Minturn – requests a variance program which would allow businesses to remain open.