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TV’s not the problem

W.W. Lang

I have to disagree with Don Rogers1 assertion that TV has caused the death of democracy. That’s the tired old argument of print journalists who watch their readership decline every year.

TV may be saving democracy because many of the people who are watching it don’t get off their arses to vote, and we should be thankful. If they did vote, we might have The Rock and Hulk Hogan in the White House, though I can’t imagine why they’d take a pay cut to get grilled by Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and journalists.

Also, I’m guessing a lot of people who vote in this town watch local politics on public access TV. (Some people think town meetings are more exciting “live,” but that’s another story.) Voters probably watch a lot of cable TV news shows, too. Such is life in an area where picking up a 50,000-watt talk radio station out of Nebraska or California at bedtime is reason to rejoice.

People too lazy to become informed and take citizenship seriously, not TVs, are to blame for any perceived death of democracy.

W. W. Lang


Thank you, and plea

I want to thank the young man that tried valiantly to protect me Thursday morning on Vail Mountain. It was a beautiful day, but the mountain was

very busy. My friend and I searched for, and found, a quiet trail. What bliss. I had finally regained my balance and was regaining my confidence from last year1s concussion received from an out-of-control snowboarder. What a treat to just enjoy the snow and not worry about the crowd.

There was no one on this trail except for my friend and myself. Halfway down the trail I heard a warning yell, 3S—.² By the time I could turn around, all I could see was a blur of snow coming at me. I just had time for a few unprintable words before the collision. I truly don1t remember much of it. I do know that the young man tried to scoop me up to save me as much injury as possible. I commend him for the fast thinking. He was extremely contrite and aided me in regaining my equipment that had been strewn from the collision. So, thank you for the warning and the attempt to protect me.

Now the plea. I think that we are all afflicted with spring fever. There is an excitement in the air every year at this time. It is enhanced by the wonderful weather and the skiing conditions. That is why there are entire families spending their vacations here in Vail. The mountain is covered with the Vail ski instructors, dressed in blue, with a trail of little charges learning the sport. Then there are the first-timers, easy to spot in their wedge and fanny is sticking out.

Please note, though you think you are in control, you may cause an accident by scaring the pants off of those you pass and spray with your flying snow.

I was hit by a what seemed to be very nice person. But this nice person, going very fast, took a blind jump. I was hit with such force that not only did I lose my skis, my buckles on my boots came unfastened. If rules had been followed, the incident would not have happened. Never jump blind. I am the third person in two days that had the same type of incident occur. Mine had the least of injuries, some bruises and another concussion. I have been appalled at the blossoming spring energy that I1ve seen careening down the mountain, oblivious to the large number of vulnerable targets. I understand that energy and maybe even possess some of it myself. But please, oh please, let off that energy in a safer location. Don1t endanger the safety of others.

Linda Lomax


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