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Vail is so clean-cut, corporate and boring

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Vail is so clean-cut,corporate and boringI read the tired Aspen (obscenely rich) vs. Vail (obscenely crowded) comparison in the Feb. 9 edition of the Aspen Daily News (Vail Trail, Feb. 7).I felt the pictures of the respective authors spoke volumes more about each resort than the articles. Aspen’s Troy Hooper and Adam Preskill are obvious dirtbags. Troy doesn’t own a comb, the homemade signs and the pot-smokers sense of irony resonate, and they stole the flannel shirts from the thrift shop.(Vail Trail Assistant Editor) Tom Boyd on the other hand definitely owns a comb. Sure, the token goatee gives him a poser’s air of hipness, but the white, collared shirt, clean wholesome smile and steady public relations gaze show a guy on the way up the corporate ladder. He is the kind of guy a mother would love.Which brings me to the real difference between the resorts. In Aspen, most of the residents are much richer and more powerful than the skiers. In Vail, the reverse is true. The lunatic fringe owns Aspen, and yes, they are rich, but at least they aren’t boring.Finally, is Troy Hooper the author the same Troy Hooper who was arrested earlier poaching powder in KT Gully at Snowmass? Tom Boyd would never break the rules. That might be another difference most Aspenites have a couple felonies under their belts (not just Kenneth Lay).Julie BennettCarbondaleUphill battleA very compelling story (Love is a many-gendered thing, Vail Trail, Feb. 14). It gives me renewed energy to continue in my work in helping in their coming out. It never ceases to amaze me as to how much work we have to do in this day and age.Arthur KummerfeldtColorado SpringsKudos for McLaurinDear Bob McLaurin,On behalf of the Vail business community, I would like to take this opportunity to both thank you for your years of dedicated service to the Town of Vail and to wish you well as you move into your new position as town administrator in Jackson, Wyo. Clearly, their loss was our gain in 1993, and now the circle completes itself, as it is now our loss that is their benefit.Your contributions to the Town of Vail over the last nine years have been numerous and significant. The VCBA owes a large measure of its evolution into a credible and strong community voice to your continued support of a partnership between the town government and the businesses in Vail addressing issues from parking to affordable housing to special events. Although the problems are ever evolving and the solutions often elusive, your willingness to listen has not gone unappreciated.Thank you.Vail Chamber and Business Association Board of DirectorsFeeling the high country crunchWell, I am feeling it (Making ends meet at 8,000 feet, Vail Trail, Jan. 31) partly economy, partly because the pay never goes up.I can’t believe the pay is the same in 10 years of living here, and then employers can’t get the employees they need because the cost of living is higher but not the pay. You get tired if living paycheck to paycheck and working so hard you can’t enjoy the amenities.Tourists wonder why you don’t ski anymore; well, it’s just another cost to add in, plus there’s the lack of time.When I lived in Boulder, I skied more often, had more time off and in a sense had a much better lifestyle then I do now. And when you have to live farther and farther away to rent or buy, you lose even more time driving the long distances you left behind when you left the city.Locals should have more breaks; we deserve them. Plus, hiring out of the country for the good positions before hiring your own just tells you that maybe you are not needed anyway.Nancy AndresenGypsumBravo, Tom BoydWhat a well-written piece of prose (Winter Wild, Vail Trail, Feb. 21). This is a fine example of what journalism should be when there’s passion about the subject matter involved blended with objectivity and solid reporting. Well done, Tom Boyd.Lisa HookDetroitEEF Productions says thanksAs a member of the EEF Productions crew, the days following the passing of Jon “EEF” Efraimson were difficult ones, filled with both sorrow and joy.The celebration of his life held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, at the Vilar Center was an incredible, healing experience for us all.There are so many people to thank for making it such an incredible, perfect tribute to our mentor and friend. I won’t name names, as I’d be bound to leave someone out, but I must give a heart-felt thank you to you all, starting with all of our friends at the Vail Valley Foundation you are all wonderful and gave us so much strength, especially to Lisa.Thanks also to all the volunteers who saw to every detail so perfectly; all the staff at the Vilar Center for the Arts; and the guys from RIC who took over the video tech so we could think of other things; the catering; and everyone else who helped whom I might have missed; all the speakers who so eloquently voiced memories and thoughts, helping us laugh through our tears; all of my co-workers (you are the best); and every single person who came that day to celebrate Jon’s life and share thoughts, feelings, and memories.It will be tough to return to the office and go back to “business as usual,” but having the chance to express and share emotions and memories makes it easier for all of us. Thank you Vail Valley, for all your kindness and support.Cheryl BottomleyEEF ProductionsThe transforming effects of mag chlorideNice mag chloride story (Vail Trail, Jan. 17). Did you miss it, or did I also hear that the stuff puts electrical transformers out of business? This seems to be more true in the Eagle Valley than other places due to the high volumes of maggie and the proximity of transformers to I-70. Keep up the good work.Jacque WhitsittBasalt

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