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On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here, are excerpts of those comments:Re: Home rule campaign committee formedThis committee looks like the contestant lineup for a bad reality TV show called “Who wants to be a commissioner?”Re: Fiesta Jalisco: Add some spice to your lifeHaving left the Vail valley after 7 great years of residing there. One of the things I miss the most is the fantastic food, and fast, friendly service from the Avon Fiesta Jalisco restaurant. My wife and I can’t wait to return to the valley for a visit, just to get to eat once again at the great restaurant. Avon and now eagle residents should support these wonderful people and their great food at local prices.Re: TipslineThe Fifth Amendment to the Constitution says, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Note the phrase, ‘public use’ nothing about ‘private’ use. Based on the recent Supreme Court ruling on New London, CT, there is no form of ‘taking’ for private use that could be imagined that couldn’t also be construed to have a public benefit of some kind. Such twisted reasoning obliterates the distinction between private use and public use. If private property can be taken away simply because some yahoos in state or local government think they can generate even more tax revenue from it, then no one’s property is safe! Surely this is not what the Framers of the Constitution had in mind when they crafted the 5th Amendment. “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort. …[T]hat alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.” –James Madison “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” –John AdamsRe: Bravo! opens with a bangHey there, I’ve seen Ms. Kern a few times now, and this was the only time she has not done an encore. She’s a performer who usually doesn’t seem to want to leave the stage. I don’t blame her for not returning to the piano on Sunday. Are the Bravo audiences always so stingy with their applause and fidgety in their seats? I had good expensive seats and was surprised by how badly behaved folks were. The primer that the Bravo folks give out is excellent–too bad people don’t seem to read it.Re: TipslineIf the shoe fits … In his June 23 column, “Flag includes red AND blue,” Alex Miller asks the very reasonable question, “how can we feel ‘patriotic’ – or even kindly disposed toward our fellow Americans – if we think half of them are morally bankrupt idiots?” But perhaps the question Mr. Miller should be asking is, “why do the most outspoken members of the Democrat Party insist on consistently saying things that make them appear to be idiots (‘morally bankrupt’ or otherwise)?” Although a few Democrats have publicly distanced themselves from the inane vitriol spewed by Howard Dean, Dick Durban and others of their ilk, the silence of the Party’s less outspoken members provides a resounding endorsement of their colleagues. Until more of the Democrat leadership speaks out against such outrageously ignorant and politically divisive rhetoric they will all continue to share the mantle of “morally bankrupt idiots.” If they do nothing to put an end to the misinformation, propaganda and outright lies, then they continue to deserve the title they’ve earned. For example we have the recent Gitmo/gulag comparisons:According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, some 15 million to 30 million prisoners died in the Soviet gulags. By comparison, Guantanamo at its peak held 750 prisoners; currently, there are 520; NONE have died in captivity, and the medical staff outnumbers the prisoners. You’ll get swifter, cleaner and more efficient treatment at Gitmo than most Canadians do under socialized health care. It’s the only so-called “gulag” in history where the detainees leave in better health and weighing more than when they arrive. This means they’re in much better shape when they get back to their hectic schedule of killing infidels: Of the more than 200 who’ve been released, around 5 percent — that’s to say, 12 former prisoners — have already been recaptured on the battlefield. To all Deaniacs, Moorons and Left-wingnut extremists everywhere: please read again.Vail, Colorado


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