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Vail Daily letters to the editor

Vail has school options

The school board says that closing Red Sandstone is the cheapest option because they do not own it. There will be no ongoing cost to maintain the building.

What they do not say is that it could end up being one of the most expensive options if they end up needing a new school. By then Red Sandstone will most certainly be a charter school and will not be an option.

Then a new school will need to be built, land will have to be purchased and there’s all of the lost student compensation that will go to the new charter school.

Vail is committed to having a school in town. This could end up being the best thing to happen to Vail’s students, as then it would only make sense to have Red Sandstone become a kindergarten through eighth-grade school or even remodel the whole site and make it a kindergarten through 12th-grade school.

John Joyce


State Patrol causes jam

New Year’s Day, the State Patrol blocked traffic on I-70 over a large section between Vail and Denver. The patrol cars held hundreds of cars behind them at 45 mph (on a highway designed for 75 mph).

When the cop cars pulled off at Floyd Hill, the traffic immediately increased from 45 mph to 65 mph and spread out from very crowded to safely separated “light” traffic.

This government-created congestion created several multiple-vehicle rear-end accidents, increased the drive time to Denver by 20 percent (wasting thousands of man hours) and cost us all a lot of money for patrol and CDOT overtime.

What will they come up with next to limit freedom and cost us money?

Carl Luppens


War on drugs not working

After spending billions on the “War on Drugs” we have have not stopped the availability, use and consumption of drugs.

What we have done is created a number of Mexican billionaires who are wreaking havoc across much of the southern part of country. When will it be necessary to declare war on these criminals to restore peace and order? Sooner than later as they wil not stop until they’re in your back yard (if they aren’t already), providing drugs to ever younger children.

Wake up, America! Prohibition didn’t work, the “War on Drugs” is a joke. The only logical, sensible solution is to tax and regulate consumption. We have a medical marijuana dispensary in Eagle-Vail and as a result we have, reportedly, some 20-25 fewer illegal growing operations in the community. I call that a win-win all the way around.

We do and will have marijuana available in our communities. Do you want distribution controlled by criminals who hang around our children’s playgrounds or do you want distribution taxed and regulated by your government that currently taxes and regulates alcohol?

Mike Kieler


Vail has that village

I have a son in the first grade at Red Sandstone Elementary School, and I am writing to you to express my support and dedication for the school.

We chose to send him to Red Sandstone instead of a private school because of the excellent reputation of the community of Red Sandstone teachers. We made the right choice. The experience at Red Sandstone has been extraordinary for him. I am profoundly saddened to consider that the amazing network of instructors and staff may be broken apart and dispersed.

Someone once wrote that it takes a village to raise a child. The village that has been created in the halls of Red Sandstone Elementary is one that is inclusive, caring, strong, supportive and truly outstanding. It is a village of extremely capable, deeply committed, and intensely caring people that is exceptional and most definitely worth preserving.

The school has consistency of teachers and is one of the highest performing schools in Eagle County, but more importantly, Red Sandstone is vitally important to a number of families who daily surrender their children to a dedicated collection of people that have created an exceptional, educational village in which to help us to raise them. Please consider options that do not include closing Red Sandstone Elementary School.

Lisa Muncy-Pietrzak

Pupil wants to learn about Vail

Each member of our class is working on a project called the “Parade of States.” We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.

I have chosen Colorado for my state. If any of your readers would help me out by sending any pictures, postcards, a used license plate, facts, products, etc. from your state, it would be greatly appreciated. Please send the information to this address: Cascade Christian School; 601 Ninth Ave. SE; Puyallup, WA 98372

Madison Laverty

Fifth grade, Cascade Christian School

Keep our school open

I am a 23 year resident of Vail, my husband has lived here for 33 years.

We have put two children through the Eagle County School system. Our youngest is now in fifth grade at Red Sandstone Elementary. We live and work in Vail, and to stay here we both work full time in Vail.

Vail is a ski resort with a town, most people say, but to us it is our home. We need to have a public school in our town. I will continue to support Red Sandstone long after my children have graduated.

My oldest son is 22 and a college graduate. Many of his teachers still work at Red Sandstone. The longevity of the staff is a testament to the strength in community that our school fosters.

I teach on Vail Mountain and I proudly point across the valley to our school. My clients then realize that we are a real community and not just a place where hotels and condos are available for rent.

It is already hard enough to live in Vail for newcomers — cost of living, expensive housing anda lack of year-round jobs.

Now you want to take away our fantastic school, the one thing that is ours in this community!

I don’t want to put future kindergarteners on a long bus ride to get to school. After more than 20 years in my neighborhood, we are finally a neighborhood of families. If we have no school, they will migrate downvalley. I want my children to grow up in a neighborhood of families, not just second-home owners.

When you put Red Sandstone on the chopping block, please consider the many families that live in Vail, Red Cliff and Minturn. Please consider the town of Vail, the vehicle through which most of this valley thrives. Simply put, if Vail weren’t here, most of us wouldn’t be here, either.

I’m proud to have a school near my house and in my town. Please keep our elementary school open!

Thank you for your consideration.

Betsy and Will Lewis

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