Today belongs to the mountain |

Today belongs to the mountain

Don Rogers

If you are not playing hooky today, something is terribly wrong.

Maybe you are injured, or the boss is unspeakably cruel. That’s all that could – should – keep you off Vail Mountain today.

Mother Nature has graced us with snow, plenty of it, and more to come this weekend. The early season looks like a winner, for the second year in a row.

Now, if America can manage not to wage a new war, and can keep terror inside its borders at bay, maybe this high haven will have a good year for commerce as well as snowfall.

Ah, but those answers are yet to come. The best course for now is to get out and enjoy the day.

Wacko Jacko

Michael Jackson, the wacko king of pop, is wanted on charges of child molestation? What a surprise.

Perhaps the only real stunner here is that Eagle County has no connection whatsoever to this news, at least as far as we know now. Maybe Jackson is really hiding out at the Hyatt or something, and the cops only think he’s hanging out in Las Vegas.

With the cotton candy Ryan and Trista romance peaking next week with their televised wedding and the revolting Kobe Bryant rape case wending its sordid way toward trial, we were beginning to think “E.T.,” People and the tabloids would have to open bureaus in Vail to keep up.

Maybe Santa Barbara could take it from here. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Happy endings

Amazing how something so seemingly simple as a recycling bin in a post office lobby can turn into an issue of endless complication requiring a congressman to help straighten things out.

This became a “policy” issue recently at some post offices, including Vail and Eagle, when regional bureaucrats decided convenient recycling at the post office was all too messy and needed to be trashed. So the edict came down, and the bins were tossed.

Apparently the connection between recycling and junk mail was a mite close for comfort, though an awful lot of us would gladly sign up for the plan that sends junk mail automatically there and saves us and the Postal Service the trouble of sorting.

But all’s well now, thanks to U.S. Rep. Mark Udall having a chat or exchanging messages – presumably by mail – with the “everything must have a rule” group running the Postal Service.

Now they have a “pilot” program for similar bins across Colorado. Maybe they’ll even win an award. Sheesh.

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