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Vail Daily letter: Looking for handouts

Fredric Butler
Vail, CO, Colorado

On March 16, I read the Vail Daily letter from a fourth-grade school teacher in Eagle County.

Its context sounded like the typical “spread the wealth” diatribe that spews out of the White House in Washington, D.C.

In essence, this teacher (of our children) faults Vail Resorts for its business decision in investing $30 million in a ski area in another state rather than taking some of that money ($6.5 million) and giving it to the school district to ameliorate the effects of the recession, so teachers would not lose their jobs.

If I were of this socialistic persuasion, I too would ask VR for$6 million or $7 million in order to construct more houses in the Eagle-Gypsum area so that the legion of construction workers who have lost their jobs could get back to work. After all, a child needs a hard-working parent for sustenance just as much as he/she needs a hard-working teacher for a dubious public education.

In these times, everyone has his hand out for either a job, to keep a job, or for alms in general.

But to fault a business for not doling out funds to a specific segment of society (school teachers), and castigating it as “mean spirited” is socialism, pure and simple. What is even more disconcerting is that this type of mindset permeates the school system in all grade levels and beyond.

Apparently in this teacher’s mind’s eye, it is not enough that VR pays a goodly portion of taxes to support the school district, but since it is rich, it should spread its wealth further to the education venue of Eagle County, too (say, another $6.5 million).

If this teacher’s philosophy reflects the politcal views of most Eagle County educators, then it not only denigrates the concept of property rights, but casts doubt on the quality or impartiality of the educational system of Eagle County itself. Are you teaching these kids or indoctrinating them?

I would have my child earn his keep rather than beg for a portion of another’s wealth.

There are VR stockholders (owners) and there are district school teachers — so who would have a better claim to the largess of VR?

It is time that we inculcate principles into our children, even though it might come as a sacrifice to some. This would be the traditional American spirit of the market place.

However, I am certain that my point will not assuage the sentiments of the teacher of whom I speak regarding a better place to spend VR’s money.

By the way, VR also provides jobs in Eagle County, and many children benefit thereby.

Fredric Butler


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