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Vail Daily
Vail, CO, Colorado

Some clarification necessary

I feel compelled to clarify several misleading statements made in Mike Beltracchi’s recent letter to the editor about aspects of the county election process.

Contrary to what the Mr. Beltracchi stated, the fact that only county commissioners can refer countywide questions to the ballot is based on state law, not Eagle County election rules that my office or the commissioners set.

Furthermore, the commissioners have no authority whatsoever over other political subdivisions such as the fire district or school districts when these districts ask for adjustments to their mill levies or debt levels, either. If these entities want to coordinate with my office and be part of our annual November ballot, I can’t restrict or influence this participation — nor can the commissioners.

As always, my team and I are available and willing to answer any questions related to the Clerk and Recorder’s functions and authority.

Teak J. Simonton

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder

Be grateful for hunters

Re: “A Song on the Wind,” by Scott Glasser, Nov. 2:

Very poetic letter describing gorgeous Colorado nature and delivering a scalding condemnation of brutal hunters murdering elk.

Apparently, the author would prefer the elk to die slow and agonizing death from disease and starvation. Without hunting, that would be the fate of elk, deer and antelope.

Somebody has to control their population, so be grateful for the hunters. And while you are hiking out there, keep your buddy Boden on a leash. Dogs are known to have chased and even killed small animals and birds.

Anya Cooper


Not a fan

Allow me to try and sum up the lineup for the 2011-12 winter season at the Vilar in one word: yawn. With bands like The Commodores ($160), Kool and the Gang ($150), Bruce Hornsby ($78), Randy Travis ($132) and an ABBA cover band ($58), my guess is the selection committee have stopped listening to music 20 years ago. Curious if any of the committee members even own an iPod?

Clearly you are catering to the Vail Valley vacationers and not to the deserving locals. It’s sad (and expensive) that I have to travel to places like Denver, Aspen and even Telluride to find good live music in Colorado, especially when we have such amazing local venues.

I beg you to start thinking outside of your 8-track mind and consider the local fanfare when choosing your future “all-star” music lineups.

P.S.: I stand corrected. David Archuleta has released a CD in the past 20 years. His Christmas CD last year sold a whopping 17,000 copies. My bad.

Eric Lyon


We don’t need ERS

It looks like the Eagle River Station monster has once again reared its ugly head. What puzzles me most is how some people are telling others “we need” ERS. How can you tell others what they need? I can tell the people of Eagle and Gypsum what we don’t need. We don’t need our home values to drop any more. That is exactly what will happen if ERS gets approved.

It is simple supply and demand. If you saturate the market with even more homes, the value of existing homes will drop. Why are any residential units even tied to the ERS project?

First we have the brainchilds on the Town Board wanting to approve 900 more homes up Brush Creek, and now even more homes through the ERS project?

I am willing to bet that most people in the area are upside down on their mortages, due to a drastic drop in value. That leaves the homeowner three choices: 1. Wait it out, and hope the market will rebound (won’t happen with more competing homes). 2. Walk away from your mortgage, thus ruining your credit. 3. Keep paying an inflated mortgage for a home that is worth far less than you financed.

Maybe the town of Eagle needs to take care of the current town, and the current homeowners, before pandering to an out-of-state development company.

If it has always been your dream to work a low-paying retail job, or you have always wanted your home to be worth even less, then by all means “you need” Eagle River Station.

Andrew Mundo


Reminds me of Russia

Where neither the executive nor the legislative branches of our federal government adhere to the strictures and constraints of the Constitution, the resultant forms of government can become either an autocracy or an oligarchy.

Looking back in history over a century ago, we can see a parallel developing in today’s American republic. The genesis that fomented the Russian revolution of 1917 is the same that has now spawned that which we witness in today’s American society.

The causation for both the Russian and American empires is the same — that being the vast disparity between the wealth of an aristocracy of power brokers and the common citizen; the diminishment of gainful employment and its attendant self-respect of one’s self; the loss of mobility or matriculation from poverty to prosperity; the involvement in numerous and non-affordable wars that create oppressive debt; and finally, the loss of a national identit as a sovereign state.

The Russian revolution, along with World War I, was instrumental in the removal of an autocrat, the tsar, together with his concomitant aristocracy of landlords, privileged entitlement recipients and a subservient religious lackey (the Russian Orthodox Church).

After the smoke and gunfire had faded from that conflagration, a socialistic form of government was established under the misnomer, name and style, of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

This resultant form of government brought on a massive “redistribution of wealth,” as our own Mr. Obama chooses to characterize the phrase — not to the benefit of the people, but to a consortium of party members (comrades), or for a better term an “oligarchy” of privileged bureaucrats.

I see great similarity between the Russian society of 1917 and that of ours today as partially illustrated through the turmoil in the streets of Petrograd and Oakland, except the latter is in its revolutionary infancy, but the end-game is still to remove an oligarchy of governmental elitists and their corporate lackeys or privileged cronies.

I do not believe that this is the “change” that Mr. Obama promised in 2008. Rather, he sought to establish this very consortium as we bear witness to the last three years: unemployment, loss of dignity, inflated prices of necessary staples, loss of hope for a better future in America’s youth, numerous and non-affordable wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, etc.), incredible and unsustainable debt, and finally the loss of a sovereign identity resulting from a globalist mind-set, and the unrestrained and illegal immigration of those not American.

Will it be socialism or a refound republic envisioned by the Constitution as our American revolution plays out?

Will it be an autocracy, an oligarchy, or a democratic republic?

Will it be the USSR (Unites States’ Socialist Republic) revisited or the USA (United States of America) refound?

Will it be the Communist Party reborn, or will it be a tea party for all Americans?

Fredric Butler

Thanks for help

Thank you to everyone that donated food at our Walmart food drive for “Food for Kids Backpack Program.” Thank you Walmart, Eagle River Fire Protection District, and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Also, thank you Vail Mountain School, the sixth grade and Kate Blakslee for their food drive.

Also, thank you to Craig Westering and his volunteers from the Vail Police Department, and also the Vail Fire Department.

We appreciate everyone for caring and wanting to make sure the kids had enough food in their backpacks for the weekend. The kids say thank you.

If you were unable to come by the food drive and you would like to support a child for one month, the cost is approximately $22.50 a month and $177,00 to support a child for one school year.

If you would like any information on “Food for Kids Backpack Program,” you can visit our website at, contact us by email at food rescue express@, and our mailing address is Food Rescue Express, Box 2874, Edwards, CO 81632. If you would like to contribute food for the backpacks, we would be glad to give you a copy of the shopping list. We are a non-profit organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 c-3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Thank you for all the support.

Toni Berns


Underground series great!

What a great Underground music series the Vilar Performing Arts Center, The Dusty Boot and other wonderful sponsors have provided us with these past five Sunday evenings.

It provided time to enjoy some really unique and great shows at the end of a week, see and talk to friends who you have not seen in many months, share a glass of wine or a beer included in the ticket prices and just enjoy a really nice night out in Beaver Creek.

Doreen Somers


Just so you know

Re: Jack Van Ens’ piece on the Tea Party: I would just like to point out that Hillsdale College’s ‘Imprimus’ is a speech digest, not a newsletter. This means that when Mr. Van Ens attributes a quote to ‘Imprimus,’ he is actually quoting the speech of a specific person–not the digest itself. A quick Google search revealed that Mr. Van Ens is quoting Edward J. Erler.

Mark Perkins

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