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Wisdom: County has grown too much

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Anti-growthers are right

(Refer to “County’s workforce pinch hurts”)

If you keep building expensive second homes, then the employees needed to service those second home-owner needs have to be addressed.

You build a Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot and you need staff. The anti-growth people are right ” are you going to build all that the way to the ridge lines? You need to stop building for visitors, build for residents and stop adding business after business development to add shopping opportunities.

Growth has been out of control in the valley because of balkanization forever. Vail does not build, but Avon does, Avon does not build, Edwards does, and so on. Now you have built a continuous series of cities ” not towns anymore folks ” running down the Gore Valley to the Eagle Valley and no one, especially not the county, is trying to control this still-unchecked growth. For all you newcomers, this was being discussed way, way, back before you got here.

It started in the 1970s. Nice to know that so much action has been taken in the intervening time. “Pave paradise and put up a parking lot” has never been more appropriate.


Fuzzy numbers?

(Refer to “Report: County schools better than statewide”)

I must question the validity of these statewide performance reports.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, Eagle County 10th-graders scored as follows on the CSAP: 51 percent were NOT proficient in writing, 73 percent were NOT proficient in math, 52 percent were NOT proficient in science, and 29 percent were NOT proficient in reading. Yet, the state has declared that our two traditional high schools are “high” performing.

How can this be?


Where the money is

(Refer to the letter to the editor “Preserve expert terrain”)

Points well taken, however from a business point of view the money is in the greens and the blues, not the black diamonds.

With a good grooming plan Vail can leave enough black diamond skiing for all.

Tom Clancy

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