Vail Daily letters to the editor
Cutting connectionsAs a former teacher, I am concerned about the closing of the Red Sandstone Elementary School. Once public schools close, it is usually not healthy and the community is negatively affected. With the loss of this school, the upper Eagle Valley loses the connection with the lower Eagle Valley. What a shame the school board feels the closing of this school will save money and that saving money becomes the priority, as opposed to children in the community. Ironically, Vail is viewed as the hub of the county, yet our children are not even going to be connected locally to the town. They will be transported downvalley for their education. Additionally, the children will lose the opportunity to participate in local fundraisers and philanthropic events hosted by the Vail community, such as the Food Drive. It should be noted that Red Sandstone School has been the winner the last two years for schools contributing to the Food Drive. This food drive provides food to the Salvation Army, Bright Future Foundation and the Food Rescue Express. I have seen men and women including myself cry during the Annual Ride in Remembrance. This ride celebrates and pays tribute to Eagle County emergency responders that have lost their life in the line of duty. Teachers and students stand on the pedestrian bridge, over I-70, with their signs and flags cheering at all the fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and motorcycles going by. It is a sight to see and feel. I wish every adult and student in the Valley could feel the pride that every emergency responder feels going under that pedestrian bridge in Vail. Children of Red Sandstone will move to other schools and receive a good education but will lose the connectivity with local officials and leaders that contributes to the feeling of a community here in Vail. The children are already required to attend middle school out of their community and, at a young age, would have to leave their neighborhoods for elementary school. I could go on and on, but the losers are the skiers, racers and visitors from all over the world that view this school as an intriguing part of this world-class community. Without a public school in Vail or Beaver Creek, where is the connection? Thank you for allowing me to put in my two cents.Moses GonzalesYes, this is the big time!You know you’ve made it when a local restaurant names a sandwich after you. I guess I should be happy that it’s not called the “Arnimal.” In all seriousness, I wanted to thank owners Jim Pavelich and Jerry Weiss, of the recently opened Northside Coffee & Kitchen in Avon, for recognizing SOS Outreach with a vegetarian sandwich on the lunch menu. The entire crew at Northside, especially Noah Bender, also scrambled to put together an awesome holiday party for the SOS staff last month. You guys know how to stoke us out.Arn Menconi Founder and Executive Director, SOS OutreachA silly blame gameThis letter is in response to Anne Boroch’s letter that appeared in the Vail Daily on Jan. 10, titled “Getting more dangerous.” First of all, to single out an entire group – “The snowboarders are the worst” – is both absurd and childish. In my mind, there are two groups of people out on the slopes: cautious and reckless, not snowboarders and skiers. I am disappointed that the Vail Daily would perpetuate the wrong issue by also having the “Snowboarders are the worst” on the front cover. In addition, I would rather see kids running “wild and unsupervised” on the mountain any day than walking on the streets by themselves. Having grown up in the Vail Valley, my parents worked several jobs, and the mountain was a safe place for me to grow up in and explore. Not everyone has the luxury of a ski or snowboard lesson. Obviously, people are too busy pointing fingers rather than trying to solve the real issue: safety. No one goes up to the mountain to get hurt, and nobody goes to “harass inexperienced and young skiers.” Everyone goes to the mountain to have fun and enjoy themselves. It is attitudes like yours that bring hostility and perpetuate this silly game of skiers vs. snowboarders. I would love to see more free classes throughout the year on skier safety, as well as posting etiquette signs on lift towers and chairlift bars. Thank you,Sabrina Ste-Marie Vail
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