Vail Daily letters to the editor
September 10, 2012
Be at Avon Town Hall tonight
Tonight is the perfect time to come to the Avon Town Hall and get up to speed about Traer Creek’s proposed land-use amendments for the Village at Avon. It’s no secret that I think Traer Creek’s amended planned-unit development application is a debacle and must be denied.
The school site is just one example: the 7.3-acre school site promised by Magnus Lindholm in 1998 has morphed in a narrow, 3.5-acre parcel crisscrossed with natural gas pipelines and easements (now called “Area E”), plus some far-off day in the future, an amorphous parcel within Traer Creek’s inaccessible “Area I” land north of the river behind Big O Tires in Eagle-Vail!
The whole proposed amended Village at Avon plan will be explained at the Avon Town Council meeting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Please come and decide for yourself. I think you’ll agree that Avon’s Town Council should deny the changes.
Tamra Nottingham Underwood
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Reverend misses point
Reading Jack Van Ens’ column, “Ryan spurns historic role of government,” will confirm that Rev. Van Ens is very knowledgeable about James Madison and his role in writing the Constitution and his participation in the process of ratification. So with all the historical facts at his disposal, I can’t imagine why he was unable to grasp the significance of the outcome of the Constitutional Convention.
The U.S. Constitution, sometimes called a “bundle of compromises,” may have begun with Madison’s draft, but without the restraints on governmental power that the other members of the convention insisted on, the Constitution would never have been ratified by the states.
On many issues, James Madison was a proponent of big government, or a Federalist, but the Constitution that emerged from the Constitutional Convention was a contract that 13 states could all agree to be bound by.
The finished contract enumerates the powers of the government, and the Bill of Rights that the states demanded be added to the Constitution spelled out the limitations of the power available to the federal government.
The reverend’s description of Paul Ryan’s words as “strong antigovernment rhetoric” is pure hyperbole. A call by Ryan for the government to live within the constraints of the Constitution or, for that matter, within its budget is not “antigovernment diatribe” but a call for government to adhere to the contract it made with we the people.
If the reverend would like to call for a change in our Constitution to allow the government to become a nanny state, he certainly has the right to peruse this tact.
President Obama has voiced his frustration with the limits written into the Constitution, and there are many more who would agree. As the percentage of the population who receive more from government than they contribute grows closer to 50 percent, the possibility of this kind of change may be at hand.
With government borrowing 40 cents for every dollar it spends, I leave you with this quote from James Madison: “All that seems indispensable in stating the account between the dead and the living is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former.”
David W. Miller
Oops with name
I wrote a letter recently, and though I like Tom Harris, it was supposed to say John Harris (he was my supervisor at Eagle County Road and Bridge).
Sorry, John. There was a lot more I was going to say but was only allowed 500 words.
John Harris was one of the best supervisors I could hope to have. Eagle County, you are lucky to have him and the rest of the crew.
Thank you !
Just wants what’s fair
I hope Richard Carnes in his infinite wisdom, writing of those “not paying their fair share at all,” speaks of Romney and all his wealthy cronies paying less taxes than those of us in the middle, not to mention his Swiss bank account!
Let’s really look at who doesn’t pay their fair share!
I have quotes, too
Debbie Marquez, Colorado’s Democratic national committee-woman, recently sent a dispatch from the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina in which she states: “I have a few inspirational items tacked to my home office wall …” and goes on to quote Thomas Jefferson thusly: “There is only one force in the nation that can be depended upon to keep the government pure and the governors honest, and that is the people themselves. They alone, if well-informed, are capable of preventing the corruption of power and restoring the nation to its rightful course if it should go astray. They alone are the safest depository of the ultimate powers of the government.”
I totally agree with that thought but would like to remind Ms. Marquez, along with the public at large, of two inspirational quotes that I have tacked on my office wall:
• “To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association – the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” (Thomas Jefferson)
• “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”