Vail Daily letters to the editor
Vail, CO, Colorado
Just do your job, Eagle Town Board
Responding to your recent article titled “Parking spat resurfaces before Eagle board”: When I appeared before the Town Board I simply asked why the board was not following the published town ordinance which states the board will hold a hearing to determine if the special use permit should be revoked when an applicant is to be found in violation.
The Eagle board of Planning and Zoning met one week earlier and found sufficient evidence of violations to warrant a hearing. P and Z board members themselves cited they had witnessed several violations and town planner Tom Boni stated he had sent several violation letters and visited the applicant complaining about the violations.
The mayor and Scot Webster defended their friend, refusing to answer why they were not holding a hearing and instead attempted to deflect attention from the issue by pointing out I don’t live in Eagle and no longer own a business in Eagle. For the life of me I cannot understand why the fact I don’t live in Eagle should bear any relevance to the fact this business is in violation of the terms of their special use permit.
The mayor ignored the other business owners that did voice their objections at the P and Z hearing, choosing instead to try to make this appear as an issue of revenge. I simply asked why they were not following procedure which requires they hold a hearing, they instead tried to turn it into a personal issue.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
An interesting point is enforcement of the terms of a special use permit. The mayor stated there are many businesses that violate terms of their special use permit but he doesn’t do anything about it.
The town of Eagle revoked the special use permit of Sweet Leaf Pioneer even though they had zero violations and committed no crimes, yet the mayor refuses to even hold a hearing about his friend who has several violations of their special use permit as documented by P and Z board members, the town planner and several other businesses who complained to the board.
How can revoking the permit of one business that did nothing wrong, while refusing to even discuss revoking a permit of another be reconciled with the mayor’s statement “it (he) wasn’t interested in running out another commercial operation based on a violation”?
So why does the town even bother making businesses obtain a permit if they refuse to hold a business accountable in the event of a violation? Why are some businesses targeted by the mayor and others protected?
My message is simple, Mr. Mayor and Mr. Webster. Stop protecting your friends who violate permits as they choose and start upholding the laws of the town of Eagle.
If a violation is pointed out to you and the procedure is to hold a hearing, then hold the hearing and allow the other members of the board a chance to vote on it. You might be able to say you have done your job.
Claims I cannot abide from candidate
For thousands of years, history has recorded countless examples of the inflated male ego dominating all human endeavor, no more so than in the realm of religion and its first cousin, politics, which have been structured and controlled in myth and legend predominately by the male of the species since time began.
Though early on our founding fathers underscored the imperative of keeping church and state separate, even today no politician would have a chance of winning a major election if he did not proclaim by word and deed a belief in a deity of one sort or another.
Here in the United States, what an individual chooses to believe in, or not, is considered to be their personal choice. However, although it is difficult to find fault with the golden rule that forms the basis of all major religions, whenever preachers and politicians claim to have a direct link to some deity, I tend to dismiss them out of hand as being nutcakes, and though potentially very dangerous, not to take them very seriously.
Therefore, it alarms me greatly that here in America, with all of our guaranteed freedoms, we have politicians claiming to know what is best for the rest of us because they talk to some higher authority on a regular basis. Please, give me a break.
For example, that turkey from Texas, Rick Perry, is a prime candidate for membership in our version of the Taliban society if there ever was one (there are many others currently running for high office, so be afraid), as his blind acceptance of religion and the demonstrated steps he has taken as governor to ensure that women are either pregnant, in the kitchen or in church would be laughable were this not the 21st century and the personal freedom of choice of some 150 million women in this country were not endangered should he be elected to be our next president.
Vote yes on school tax hike
The proposed school tax increase is coming to a vote this Nov. 1. We should vote “yes” for our children and their futures. It’s the right decision to make in spite of living in tough financial times.
The world is more competitive than ever as more undeveloped countries join the developed countries competing for market share. A quality education (along with opportunity and motivation) is the key for future success.
The $6 million budget cut our county schools face is huge. Let’s put our kids and our communities in a position to excel.
I grew up in a city of 90,000 people in central Illinois during the 1960s. As the population aged, school referendums on tax increases were repeatedly voted down. Other economic factors have played out since the ’70s, but I can tell you that as the schools suffered budget cuts, the population decreased as young people and young families relocated to other areas.
Growing corporations chose other more desirable cities to add locations. Consequently, fewer taxes were collected causing more budget cuts for schools infrastructure and services.
In 1970 they were five high schools in Decatur, Ill. By 1990 these were three and the population had shrunk by 10 percent.
We need to take a long look at the future ramifications of reduced school revenues. We are all tightening our belts these days. Let’s give our kids and communities the best chance of succeeding in the future. Vote “yes” for schools on Nov. 1.
Government can’t make us rich
Regarding the issue of government and job creation, there are real limits to government power in any economy.
Government can create jobs. It can hire half the people to dig ditches in the morning, the other half to fill them in the afternoon.
Government can create money. All it needs is a printing press, ink and paper.
What government cannot create is wealth. It only redistributes wealth through its policies of taxing, borrowing and spending. For centuries on end, in every economic system ever imagined, this has proven true.
Social policy is a separate issue. But when it comes to economics — the allocation of scarce resources and the creation of wealth — the best role of government is to get out of the way.
And that will never change.
Thanks for coffee conversation
The Vail Police Department would like to thank the Market Place on Meadow Drive for hosting the September Coffee With A Cop.
The staff provided great coffee , tea, and pastries to the community and officers.
The October monthly Coffee With A Cop will be hosted by the Sapphire Restaurant and Oyster Bar, located in Vail Village. For more information, call Officer Gonzales at 376-6952.
Vail Police Department