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Vail Daily letters to the editor

Vail Daily Staff
Vail, CO, Colorado

Dance director amazing

First, let me state that I am not a personal friend or acquaintance of Damian Woetzel, director of Vail International Dance Festival. But because of Damian Woetzel, I am not likely to miss another dance festival event this year or ever!

I say this after attending the Festival Highlights Spectacular on Aug. 2 and the “UpClose” event honoring Edward Villella on Aug. 3.

At each event, Damian gave the audience a behind-the-scenes education as to what they were seeing or were about to see. He even ventured, successfully, into the potential minefield of audience participation.

He did all of this in an engaging, down-to-earth conversational style that was both witty and professional. He made the whole process fun without ever being patronizing to the audience or to the professional dancers.

I am impressed, as well as a bit more knowledgeable. Thank you, Damian.

Don McRee Edwards

Queen of the U.S.

Newt Gingrich, a Republican, was speaker of the House from 1995 to 1999. During that time he never made use of military air craft.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, current speaker of the House, requires the Pentagon to provide an Air Force plane that includes 42 business class seats, an enclosed state room, an entertainment center, a private bed, and a crew of 16.

Pelosi takes weekend trips home to San Francisco. Her Air Force C-32 costs approximately $15,000 an hour, or approximately $300,000 per trip home.

You would think she, along with a husband worth an estimated billion dollars, would lease or buy and fly their own plane, or fly first class on commercial airlines like other rich people.

God save the queen.

Bernie Schwartz Edwards

Editor’s note: We don’t disagree with Schwartz’s observations, but after 9/11 the Defense Department and the White House agreed that military planes should be provided to the speaker of the House for national-security reasons. The first speaker to use one was Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., in 2001.

That’s a city

I have just viewed the “fly-by” of Eagle River Station, a proposed development in Eagle by Kansas City developers.

The video was requested more than three years ago by the town Planning Commission, and the developer has now presented it. To view, go to or to It is a graphic view of an abortion of the ideals outlined in the Eagle Area Plan for the town, to retain a unique small-town character.

The overwhelming size will offend everyone: residents, visitors, every traveler through the Eagle Valley and to and from the Eagle County Regional Airport.

The town, with its desire for more sales tax revenue, has stumbled through the approval process, even though denied by the Eagle Planning Commission.

Now that they have seen the “fly-by,” perhaps they will come to their senses! The county commissioners and the residents of the county need to understand what Eagle is about to do to our special area.

Please! Go to one of the above Web sites. See for yourself how the Eagle River Station “city” will look attached to charming Eagle.

Let the Eagle Town Board know what you think before they put their final stamp of approval on this huge development.

One sentence and your name will suffice: No to Eagle River Station!

Suzie Shepard Eagle

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