We predict that the winners will be the ad agencies that came up with the best commercials.Why the French Poodle BarksIn the Los Angeles Times, Max Boot offers some analysis of Frenchmotives:Its first motive is crassly commercial: France has about $1.5 billion in contracts with the current Iraqi government and doesn’t want it overthrown for fear that a more democratic regime might take its business elsewhere. Its second motive is essentially wounded national pride. France, a noted poet recently wrote, “used to have the ability to inspire princes and kings,” but now “comes the time when no one listens to her anymore and the universe turns without her, except when it judges her with spite or commiseration.”Jonah Goldberg adds that “France has been the chief Western advocate of normalizing relations with Iraq – one of its largest trading partners – foryears, partly because France holds billions in IOUs from Iraq that wouldn’t be redeemable by a new regime.”Birthday brigadeIf you see Warren “War & Peace?” French, hanging around the Main Street Grill or Bob’s Place, buy him a Jack and Coke and wish him a happy birthday.Name that TrailThe Eagle Valley’s core recreation trail needs a new name, and the good folks at the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee are willing to give you a bunch of cool stuff for your suggestions.Last time we went through something like this the Body Politic came up with the moniker “Bob the Bridge” for that famous Avon expanse. We’re expecting something a litte more exciting this time around. Of course, right now the trail’s named “the core trail,” so it can’t get anything but better.ECO is accepting names until noon Monday, Feb. 3.All ideas are welcome for the name. Send your suggestions to ECO Trails, P.O. Box 1070, Gypsum, CO 81631, fax them to 328-3539, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Kayak classesThe professionals at Alpine kayak will be teaching Kayak classes at the Avon Recreation Center beginning in February. Classes will be on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Instruction will be given on various paddling techniques, braces, river skills, safety, and rolls. Call Alpine Kayak at 949-3350 for registration information.