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Vail Daily staff
Vail, CO, Colorado

Deadly crossing

This goes out to the beautiful young lady I saw cross I-70 in Vail at 5 p.m. last Tuesday.

I was driving on North Frontage when I saw you beginning to take on the metal objects flying toward you. Seeing as it was rush hour, there were many of them.

I beeped my horn, repeatedly yelling “Don’t do it!” while pulling over quickly to offer you a ride.

You were oblivious, seeing as it takes great concentration to run faster than a Mack truck coming at you.

I watched you make it safely with my heart beating double time and tears in my eyes – for the spot in which you picked took the life of a very dear soul only a few years ago.

In loving memory of Jessie, please stick out your thumb and catch a ride. Believe it or not, it’s much safer.

Jane Cravens

Minturn

Syrian generosity

As a rare Syrian American living in the Vail Valley, I was surprised to learn the owner of Blue Plate in Avon was a fellow Syrian.

The picture and information in the Vail Daily about their Wednesday night Mediterranean dinner and generous donation of some of the proceeds to the American Red Cross to assist Syrian refugees during this horribly debilitating civil war in Syria prompted me to go to dinner there last evening.

I had the pleasure of meeting the owners and enjoyed an incredible dinner that I perhaps would not have tried otherwise had it not been for the picture and info in the Daily.

Thanks very much! I plan to return there often and encourage others to do so, as well. It is a great find and a benevolent gesture by owners who clearly care about what is going on in our difficult world.

Paul Boulis

Cordillera

Big mistake; let’s fix it

Entrusting an inexperienced man like Barack Hussein Obama with the presidency was a huge mistake. Let’s wake up before it is too late!

Bill McCarthy

Gypsum

Think of it this way

If you don’t golf, you might not get it.

Not everyone plays golf in Vail, so I’ll try a skier analogy.

Picture your favorite Vail ski run. Can you see it in your mind? The pristine snow, the trees glimmering with fresh powder.

Now picture a wedding event center being built in the middle of the ski run, which blocks the run and you can’t ski there anymore.

Now wait a minute, you say … who in their right mind would build an event center in the middle of a ski run? My point exactly!

Dale Bugby

Vail

A big fan

Since I first came to Vail, I’ve loved the beautiful scenery! It’s always nice to get away from the heat in Austin, Texas!

There’s so much to do, and you are never bored! There’s horseback riding, ice skating, shows, or you can just play outside for fun! In July, you can just come for the rain season!

Vail is a good place to come in the summer, so you can just get out of the heat or cool air! If I got to choose where I could live, it would be Vail! Vail is also good for skiing after summer!

Kendall Creviston

Austin, Texas

Difference in names

I’ve been coming to Vail for many years. As I have gotten older, I discovered what most of you already know: The summers are the reason to live here.

I love the music venues. What surprised me today was learning that the Vilar Center is named after a person who is a convicted felon and probably contributed some of the funds he bilked investors out of to establish the Vilar

Center.

Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater were wonderful. I can’t help but think about that wonderful family and this beautiful setting.

I loved Monday’s show at the Vilar Center, but if I had known about Alberto, my heart would and will ask why continue to name a wonderful setting after a scoundrel? Can you give away someone else’s money and become a philanthropist or are you simply a thief? I know the

difference.

I’m so happy miles separate these two venues and legacies.

Not in heaven, but Vail is close.

Dennis Eakin

Matter for courts, not NCAA

This letter is in response to Chris Freud’s July 20 column in support of the Penn State football program receiving the NCAA’s death penalty.

Chris compared the horrible situation in Happy Valley to the Southern Methodist University violations and resultant death penalty levied in the ’80s. SMU was handed the death penalty due to, in his words, “repeated violations of paying players, a sin against NCAA rules which is dwarfed by the Penn State scandal.”

I could not agree more that the Penn State scandal dwarfs the SMU scandal. Not only does it dwarf the SMU scandal, it is beyond the NCAA.

Mr. Freud completely misses the point that the NCAA exists to regulate intercollegiate athletics. Sanctions imposed by the NCAA on teams, such as the SMU death penalty cited in the article, are directly related to fair competition in intercollegiate athletics.

Paying football players leads to unfair competition. Doing so repeatedly is a lack of institutional control.

Nothing that occurred at Penn State led to any sort of unfair competition. It is simply inappropriate and outside of NCAA authority. It is in the hands of law enforcement. The perpetrator of these heinous acts will spend the rest of his life in prison. Others who endeavored to cover up the scandal are charged with felonies and will get the justice they deserve. Coach Paterno is deceased, his reputation forever tarnished, and his contributions to the world forever diminished.

If the Penn State football program received the death penalty, the punishment would have been applied to people who had nothing to do with the violations themselves. It would have punished student-athletes who were in kindergarten when these crimes were committed. It would have punished a brand new coaching staff. It would have punished every other student athlete at Penn State whose athletic programs (read: scholarships and therefore educations) depend on the revenue generated by the football program. It would have punished the entire central Pennsylvania region, whose economy depends on fall football weekends when Beaver Stadium becomes the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania.

Employees of the university committed horrible crimes, and those crimes had nothing to do with intercollegiate athletics. Let’s say rather than a football coach, a professor of psychology committed these crimes. And similarly, top officials endeavored to conceal the crimes. Would you shutter the College of Liberal Arts?

Mr. Freud’s column concludes with “the most we can hope for is that Nittany Lion fans stop chanting ‘We are Penn State.'”

Chris’ comment is not only offensive to the over 500,000 alumni like myself, but is also uninformed. When the scandal broke last November, within 48 hours Penn State alumni raised over a half-million dollars for child abuse prevention. We are the largest alumni association in the world. We are nearly one out of every 10 engineers. We are horrified by this scandal.

We are in no way defending the actions of a few twisted and misguided individuals. We are not Sandusky, Paterno, Curley, Schultz or Spanier.

We are the proud home of the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, raising millions of dollars annually for pediatric cancer. We are the graduates and students of a top university. We are Penn State.

Jeff Schneider

Vail

The best race yet

Another record-breaker for the Gypsum Daze 5K: 208 finishers sets a record for our small town event. This is only possible because of our sponsors, contributors and volunteers who make this event happen.

We’d like to thank all the people who donated time, merchandise and money to make the Gypsum Daze 5K happen. Proceeds raised from this event go toward the purchase of children’s books at the Gypsum Library.

Thanks to our sponsors Barker Rinker Seacat, Big Steve’s Towing, Columbine Market and U.S. Bank.

Thanks also to our contributors who do so much to supply the prizes, goodie bags and other items necessary to put on the event. Contributors include Alpine Ambiance, Alpine Bank, Bravo, Costco, Duncan Car Wash, Sue Duncan, Eagle-Gypsum Garden Center, Eagle Valley Vision, Edward Jones, Ferguson, Garden Center of Gypsum, Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Gypsum Creek Grill, Heidi’s Deli, Integra-Midas, Keller Williams Real Estate (Black Bear Partners, Joan and Barb), Mac’s Liquor, Mane Street Hair Salon, Moe’s Barbecue, Old Kentucky Tavern, Steve’s Barbecue, town of Gypsum, U.S. Bank, Vail Valley Jet Center and WECMRD (Gypsum Recreation Center).

Our volunteers are the best in the valley and make this event the great success that it is. Thanks to volunteers Bill Fisher, Joan Harned, Tom Harned, Alice Jaramillo, Justin Jaramillo, Matt Jaramillo, Santana Jaramillo, Angela Maxey, Bill McCarthy, Joyce McCarthy, David Medina, Kristen Medina, Maxine Medina, Ann Pence, Ethan Pence, Eric Pence, Karl Reynolds, Carl Walker, Ruth Walker and the town of Gypsum staff and Public Works Department.

Thank you to the timing crew of Beth and Steve from the Vail Recreation District, who had the results ready as soon as the race was

complete.

All of us who helped put on the Gypsum Daze 5K hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you back for another record-breaking event next year.

Thanks again to all the participants, sponsors, contributors and volunteers who make this event possible.

Tom and Margaret Edwards

Gypsum Daze 5K

Classic was classic

Last week, Eagle Springs Golf Course hosted the third annual Children’s Charity Classic. The tournament benefited the Youth Foundation as well as Vail Valley Medical Center’s Eagle Care Clinic, which is the most widely used medical facility for uninsured and underinsured children and families in Eagle County.

I’d like to personally thank Fred Green, Mike Steiner and their respective teams for hosting the tournament. I’d also like to thank the members and community who participated. VVMC’s portion of the proceeds continually benefit children’s health programs at Eagle Care Clinic including pre-natal care, well baby and child exams and an oral health and re-enameling program for kids among other programs. The generosity of those involved in the Eagle Springs Children’s Charity Classic will directly impact the wellbeing of children in our valley. I am forever grateful.

Doris Kirchner

President and CEO, Vail Valley Medical Center


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