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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: Key election for MinturnIf Flaherty has a conflict of interest in your opinion, Don Rogers, because of his service on the Water and Sanitation District, then why do you not call out Menconi for the same thing since he also serves on the Water and Sanitation District and makes similar decisions as a County Commissioner? Editor’s note: We have the same view of a county commissioner serving on two elected boards.Re: Build a wall… Because there are 155 countries poorer than Mexico (what does that mean, anyways? Less GNP? Less income per capita? 95 percent live in poverty vs. 90 percent?) does not negate the fact that poverty is poverty, pure and simple. It is not a relative experience. Why condone poverty at all for anyone anywhere? …We will need to find 11 million Americans who are willing to pick grapes, mix mortar, lay sod and clean rooms if we deport foreign workers without papers. Are you ready to step up to the plate and work any of these jobs when the labor shortage occurs?Supporting a border fence over beefing up security for Iraq is simple-minded at best. Stabilizing Iraq means our troops come home sooner! You’re so bummed about the few bucks you spend on taxes for immigrants without papers that you’re willing to trade the lives of American soldiers because you feel pinched in your bank account. Re: Friends of Battle Mountain formsFriends of Battle Mountain is openly against Ginn. … Quit the spin and get on with it. Most of them don’t even live in Minturn. I challenge them to print a list of their members and how much money those members are kicking in to stop Ginn.Re: Smith will challenge for county assessorI am glad to see Edward Smith running for assessor. It is about time to run that office in a professional manner.Re: Key election for MinturnIn regard to Hawkeye’s conflict with the water district board, Hawkeye’s term on the water district is ending on May 2.Re: A chapter’s about to endNo! I hate to see this happening in our valley. The last thing left for local businesses to give that we cannot get on-line or in the big boxes is great personal service. That is definitely worth something to me, and I plan to continue to patronize local businesses whenever possible. I love the personal attention I receive when shopping from a locally owned and operated business. A bookstore is a terrible thing to lose.Re: Costco’s costsRoger Brown: But how about the fact that Costco, through their efficiencies and buying power, will save the residents of Gypsum (and other communities) hundreds of dollars per year per family on their grocery bills. If you are truly representing the populace, wouldn’t you guess that the vast majority of your constituents would opt for Costco? For whom are you speaking when you exhibit a preference against Costco? Bob LouthanRe: Mysteries of daylight-saving timeDoes anyone really know what time it is? Daylight saving time is a pointless exercise. If society wants to begin its workday with sunrise, simply wake up with the sun, be it 5 or 6 a.m. There is no difference. The advent of electricity allows us to work 24/7 if we so choose. The U.S. Navy and aviation rely on Zulu time everywhere (Universal Time, or Greenwich Mean Time). Somehow they seem to manage.Without standardizing on a single enormous time zone for the entire nation, we could simply eliminate daylight saving time and lose nothing but the confusion. The idea that daylight hours are gained or lost with DST is just silly.When the notion of DST was first enacted, even later in the Nixon era, the number of timepieces per household was manageable. Today most homes have dozens of clocks. While newer computers and atomic radio clocks are synchronized to the nation’s atomic clock system and can automatically adjust for DST, most of our other time pieces are usually set to the wrong time, rendering them relatively useless. Dr. WhoRe: Immigration perils realWelfare is a disservice to all:”[T]he more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” – Benjamin Franklin”If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” – James Madison”Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”- Lao TzuRe: Does the Vail Film Festival wear furry boots and a Chinchilla coat?I think what this writer failed to realize is that the Vail Film Festival showed over 75 films this year. Almost every single one was an indie film. Shorts, student films, docs, features, and the rest. The “OH in Ohio” film starred a local Vail actress. And yes, while the spirit of the fest is to give the local indie filmmaker a chance at his big break, the festival would not happen without sponsors. And playing one or two studio films out of 75 does not seem to be unreasonable. Not for my money. Vail, Colorado


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