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Yes, I would not be surprised if Vail loses its title as the pre-eminent region for skiing and snowboarding in North America. Allen Best cites drought, recession and war as reasons.

They may have contributed to why there is such a drop in destination skiers, but I would like to suggest that the numbers of skiers as a result of the cheap passes would be more of a reason. Why would a family want to pay for airfare, hotel, meals and a premium lift ticket price to stand in lines out of the maze to ski Vail, to learn that most of the people in the line are only paying a small percentage of what they have paid, plus free parking on the Frontage Road, not to mention the danger that is presented with so many people on the mountain.

I have spoken to people on the lift, in the lines and at the almost impossible to find a table eateries to learn that the destination people do not want to return to Vail.

Is it any wonder why the destination skiers have chosen to go elsewhere?

Karla Berman

Slippery slope

Matt Zalaznick’s main argument in favor of gay marriage seems to be that anyone opposed to it is a bigot. No doubt those who hate homosexuals are among those opposed to gay marriage, but it does not follow that all opponents of gay marriage hate homosexuals.

The crux of the question is the definition of marriage. The Massachusetts court has asserted that a man has a “right” to marry a man, and a woman a “right” to marry a woman. To many of us, this seems an utter absurdity which ignores the history, purpose and nature of marriage.

As others have pointed out, if two persons of the same sex have a “right” to marry, then there may be no basis for denying such a “right” to threesomes or even larger groups. The “B” in GLBT acknowledges that there are more kinds of sexual-affectionate combinations than couples. Why, if marriage is not the union of a man and woman (that is, if it is no longer marriage) should the “right” to marry be limited to unions of only two people? Mormons may want to consider demanding reparations for the way the government forced their forebears to abandon polygamy.

The hateful messages Zalaznick received after his article two summers ago, not to mention the physical assaults and even murders of gay persons which shame our society, testify that gays indeed need protection of their rights as citizens. But the “right” to overturn the very meaning of marriage is not one of those rights.

In making an amalgam of all opponents of gay marriage with rabid bigots, Zalaznick reaches extremes of hyperbole that themselves border on bigotry: comparing the Southern Baptist Convention to the Nazi perpetrators of genocide. (He names the Baptists, not Orthodox and Conservative Jews, who share exactly the same moral judgment on this issue with Catholics and most other Christians.)

Finally, Zalaznick’s most substantial and powerful argument is that lying behind the frenzy of some grandstanding politicians, church spokesmen and other advocates of a “marriage amendment” to the U.S. Constitution seems to be a failure to face the reality that traditional marriage is already in a shambles – from rampant divorce, widespread adultery, pervasive domestic abuse and so on.

This truth ought to chastise those who are making their “defense of marriage” into a campaign condemning gays. We need to get back on track in the discussion of saving marriage. Zalaznick needs to do the same in his debate with us.

Lee Smith

Red Cliff

Business benevolence

“I like to do things for the community” was the overwhelming response I received from local businessmen when I approached them with the opportunity to donate materials and supplies for the recent remodeling of our stage area and our media presentation system. Our church is going hi-tech and we’ve received big thumbs up from our local businesses.

As a pastor you like to think of church programs and Christian influence as a valuable asset with good impact in your community. A pastor wants to believe the things we do as a church are viewed by the rest of the community as important and far reaching into the lives of the families who live here.

A church is supposed to be much bigger than its members. “I like to do things for the community” is a pastor’s heart. It’s a wonderful feeling that brings a smile to my face when I hear those words echoed from our local businessmen.

I’d like to take this opportunity to express some heartfelt appreciation to those businesses that have been a blessing to our community through donated supplies and materials: Active Communications, Alpine Lumber Company, Joe’s Wallboard and Supply, Maverick Flooring, The Paint Bucket.

We are honored to have these companies as a part of our community as they have invested through their benevolence. I would like to encourage our community to honor them with our patronage as well.

Pastor Don Hanan

Word of Life Worship

Center

Gypsum

Welcome

Ryan and Trista: Welcome to the Vail Valley. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together and can’t wait to run into you guys somewhere in town or on the mountain and get to you know you as our neighbors.

I personally am glad that Mr. and Mrs. Sutter want to call the Vail Valley their home. My husband and I love the area, too, and we feel lucky to live here and are about to start raising a family (we’re due on March 24 and by the way; the baby’s room is pink). It’s a wonderful place to live and one of the best things about it is the people.

We have some “Life’s Little Instructions” framed in our house and close to the top is reads, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” I’d want my neighbors to welcome me, and form their own opinions based on their interaction with me – wouldn’t you?

Ryan and Trista aren’t to blame for having so much media coverage. All they did was fall in love – the media chose to overexpose them, like they do EVERYONE. It’s not reasonable to blame them for the world wanting to see two people who managed to find each other and truly fall in love.

And really, what couple do you know that would turn down $1 million to put their dream wedding on TV? That’s a pretty nice nest egg and future children’s education. If you want to be accurate, THEY didn’t give themselves a manhole cover or name a street after themselves – the town of Vail did that – and Vail Resorts made them our “official ambassadors.”

How fair is it to judge someone you haven’t ever met? Just because you’ve seen them on TV or read about them in a magazine doesn’t mean you actually KNOW anything about them.

Their love story is unique. It’s rare to be unique these days and I’m glad they are not ashamed of the way they met. They are lucky and I understand this.

I feel extremely lucky to have met my husband and to share the kind of love we have. My husband makes me want to be a better person. Love like this is rare and precious. However you manage to find it, whether it be “stupid reality TV show” or not, consider yourself lucky to have been there to find it when it was looking for you.

Congratulations, Ryan and Trista, on finding your true love, your soul mate. I did too and every day I consider it the best day of my life. We need more love like this in the world.

Yvonne Dodds

Wildridge


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