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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: Report depicts grim future for ski industryI’ll put this great prediction in my file with other recent predictions, like Y2K and the end of the world, according to Doe. Re: Climate change: How bad could it be?”Don’t let the facts get in the way of telling a good story” must be your motto, Alex Miller, when it comes to global warming. I guess if you repeat it enough you will get people to believe it. You selectively choose your data and then fail to check it out.Re: Crossroads indeed is too bigSo many ironies in the article from Diana Donovan.First, her criticism of “orchestrated letter writing” from Crossroads’ supporters would be much better addressed to the opposition of Crossroads, the Vail Village Homeowners Association, etc. These groups regularly engage in orchestrated letter writing, frequently hand fed by the paid leadership of these organizations.Second, last year’s council elections were obviously about Crossroads, and the incumbents, like Donovan, who were not re-elected, lost specifically because of a pattern of nay-saying and opposition to important projects, like Crossroads. The citizens had had enough and wanted change.Third, the accusation that the developer “has chosen not to recognize the rules/laws of Vail” is patently absurd. Spending years working through the town’s process and ultimately winning approval by the Planning Commission and the Town Council is, BY DEFINITION, playing by the rules.So, Ms. Donovan, who is really the one engaging in “misrepresentations and the manipulations of the facts”?Re: Making a difference in UgandaBeaver Creek resident, Anne Prinzhorn, is on her second trip in a year to Uganda where she is helping to build a girls’ school. Harry Brooks should speak to her on her return from there in late May.Re: Tourism promotion bill sails through legislatureGood job Jack Taylor and Al White on the tourism funding. We lost a real advocate in Al White when the redistricting happened and we ended up with the one-term wonder, Democrat Gary Lindstrom. Jack will be a real loss, as well, when his next and final term is up. Thanks, guys, for looking out for western Colorado!Re: Letters to the Editor: Once sold, goneRon Mitchell’s April 22 letter to the editor makes several dubious assertions. Two of the most outrageously inaccurate are contained in his third paragraph that states, “In a country such as ours, whose population shows no signs of slowing down and where we are rapidly losing vast amounts of open space every hour, the last thing we’d want to do is sell…our public lands.” First, the U.S. fertility rate has been hovering at 2.1 (children per women) since at least the 1990s. A fertility rate of 2.1 is just sustaining the population (any population problem we may have is the result of rampant and uncontrolled immigration). Note that declining fertility rates in France (1.7) and Russia (1.5) force these countries to depend heavily on immigration to sustain their economies, thereby disrupting their societies due to the failure of immigrants to assimilate into their new homes. Second, the failure to quantify and substantiate alarming claims that the population is out of control, or that the “U.S. is losing vast amounts of open space every hour,” renders such claims inert – nothing more than sensational piffle.Re: Not everyone’s moaning about moveVR shouldn’t be moving to Boulder. All they have to do is wait a little longer and Runyon and Menconi will have Eagle County looking and feeling just like the People’s Republic of Boulder. With their elitist socialist ideas we will soon have lost all of our freedoms. Vail, Colorado


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