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Vail Daily letters

Vail Daily staffVail, CO, Colorado

Red Cliff officials unfairAround noon on Aug. 21, I walked out to enjoy the 14th annual Red Cliff Studio Tour. I soon discovered, to my dismay, that Jim Lamont and Joan Norris were not showing their work. Not only are these two talented artists, Jim a photographer and Joan a painter, but they are kind and generous individuals I know as neighbors and as fellow members of St. Patrick’s Parish. Then I was told they had been prevented from being part of the tour because the town government – with selective, not to say vindictive, enforcement of some minor housing code policies, quite obviously deliberately timed – had barred them from taking part. I was shocked by this news. While I was and am aware that the mayor is a classic example of what poet John Milton called the “jealous haughtiness of prelates and cabin counselors” and that the town attorney’s guiding principle seems to be maximizing her billable hours, I had thought that the other members of the board had more decency than these two miscreants. I am disappointed in them and believe they should be ashamed of themselves. Lee W Smith Red CliffCasual Classic went wellECO Trails sends a sincere thank-you to The Sonnenalp Foundation, the Faessler family and all the donors and volunteers that hosted the 26th annual Casual Classic Bicycle Ride last Saturday. The event was once again well-organized, the sponsors and donors more than generous and the weather was exceptional. Thanks to the Sonnenalp staff of selfless volunteers, board members of The Sonnenalp Foundation, Rosana and Johannes Faessler, event organizer Michelle Davis, ECO Transit, Colorado Mountain Express, Sysco Foods, Sinton Dairies, National Distributing, The Sonnenalp Resort, US Bank, Gilchrist & Somes, Rob Levine of Antlers Hotel of Vail, Staples Office Supplies, Vail Sports, Venture Sports, Vail Valley Medical Center, Paulaner Beer, Golden Bear, Masters Gallery, Knox Gallery Beaver Creek, Shanahan’s of Denver, Axel’s, Off Piste Shoppe, Luca Bruno’s, Simba Run Vail Condos, Westchase Marriott-Houston, Eagle Ranch Golf Club, Cos Bar and Vendetta’s.Thanks to all of you for your amazing support of this fun annual event, and thanks to the riders who came out to enjoy the event and support our vision to build a trail system to connect our Eagle County communities! Rachel Friede ECO Trails Citizen CommitteeGreat coachThanks for the article about John Klish. I had the rare opportunity to train with John when he was one of the coaches (along with Lisa Isom and Josiah Middaugh) for the Dogma snowshoe training this past winter. What a wonderful, encouraging coach. He got me so inspired I actually started trail running this summer and participated in the La Sportiva 5K trail running races. I also rode Colorado-Eagle River Ride century! At 57, I never thought I would be learning how to trail run or bike ride 100 miles! Thanks, John, for being such an inspiration! Annie GoodmanPrudent phasing neededDid you know that the total square feet approved for the Home Depot-Walmart project in Avon was 650,000 square feet and 2,400 residential dwelling units? This information is per the town of Avon, which also provided the portion that has been completed to date: 357,333 commercial square feet and 244 housing units. At the time of planning, I would bet the developer was sure it would be successful, just as Red Development is sure Eagle River Station will be successful.But in case the project does not go as wildly positive as projected, the town of Eagle needs to require a phasing plan (starting at the west) to protect itself.Brandi ResaEagle

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