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On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there. Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: A-List Blog: The worst president everWrong, you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Put the responsibility back in the correct order of who let the ball drop, not G.W. Read this: The chain of command, the responsible people, for emergency situations, beginning with the first and foremost to be held accountable:1. The mayor.2. The New Orleans director of homeland security (a political appointee of the governor who reports to the governor).3. The governor.4. The head of homeland security.5. The president.Instead these people in charge have pointed fingers at our president and at FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for not doing their job for them.Remember:1. The mayor had five days to act, but waited until two days before he announced a mandatory evacuation (request of the president). He then offered no way out for those without transportation.2. The New Orleans director of homeland security failed to have any plan of action. He then blames other federal agencies for not doing what his department was supposed to do.3. The governor, despite a declaration of disaster by the president TWO DAYS BEFORE the storm hit, failed to take advantage of the offer of federal troops and aid until TWO DAYS AFTER the storm hit.4. The director of homeland security positioned assets in the area to be ready when the governor called for them.5. The president urged a mandatory evacuation, and declared the area’s to be a disaster.And that is how it REALLY is. Get off of our president. Get on the backs of Louisiana’s head honchos and quit passing the buck.Re: Vail Resorts relocating corporate offices to DenverAlthough I agree that this is an expensive place to live, it is certainly no more so than living in the city. The difference is the cost of living is not aligned with the pay scale. However, for those of us who have struggled to make it work by working multiple jobs because we choose this lifestyle and want to live in this magnificent place it is unbelievable to me that VR would ask 100 families to give up all the sacrifices they have made to be here in an effort to have a job and remain loyal to VR. What sort of loyalty has VR shown them? What is the guarantee if they move to Denver and give up everything that they have worked for here? How many people have just bought homes, are in the midst of building, have children in the schools here? And to live here, dual income is a necessity, so therefore who has to give up there job and start over? This poor decision will impact the entire valley.Re: What is the most important issue facing Eagle County today?Without a doubt, land use. Private property rights. Totally out of control time-share development that has completely eroded our sense of community in this valley.Re: Huskies fall short in Sweet 16Husky mom here: I know we are all very proud of our basketball team. Thanks, guys, for a great season. And thanks to the many other sports teams that have carried themselves with pride and composure – soccer, volleyball, cross-country – and the list goes on. And “rock on” girls soccer this spring! Can’t wait to watch you all dominate and win the Western Slope!Re: Hello Denver Resorts Inc.Don (Rogers), you’re really on to something! Recently I found an entry posted on a management blog, authored by an old friend of mine, which provides another viewpoint on the Vail Resorts in Denver – swing and miss. It may be interesting for those going and left behind to check out Dr. Decker’s book. A.J.:”Nov. 11, 2005, marks the passing of one of the greatest management thinkers of the 20th century, Peter Drucker. He contributed 35 books and innumerable articles throughout his long life. I have admired Dr. Drucker for decades and have been heavily influenced by many of his concepts. He believed that effective organizations create community and belonging among managers and employees alike. He worked hard to teach some of the most influential leaders of corporate America how to develop people and organizations.”He was relentless in pointing out that the customer is the most important and that customers are made or broken by employees who feel a sense of purpose in their work. Dr. Drucker was ahead of his time on many issues. This got him in trouble with the leaders of the 1980s and ’90s. But his timeless observations on human behavior in the workplace don’t go away with the latest management fad. It is abundantly clear today that people work best when they feel a sense of community and purpose. Leaders who can create this can achieve exceptional results.”Unfortunately, Dr. Drucker saw corporate practices of the ’80s and ’90s as antithetical to this principle. He saw the way mergers and acquisitions tore apart effective organizational structures and replaced them with financial gimmicks. His focus on the power of community and purpose within organizations was groundbreaking. He also saw how focus on quarterly results and short term thinking undermined community and hurt the customer.”Much of what Dr. Drucker wrote is quite pertinent today. His book, ‘The Effective Executive,’ was probably his most popular and widely read. It is excellent.”Dr. Darrel Ray”Vail, Colorado


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