Wisdom from the Web
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: D.R.: A rancher sees the lightTell Randy Rusk not to waste his time to come to talk to Eagle County Ranchers. Conservation easements are nothing more than selling the ranch and keeping the work. We are not interested. Those that have gone the CE route may be feeling rich and righteous now. We will see how their families feel in a generation or two. This is Susan Nottingham.Re: Coming up on vaildaily.comAttention NIMBYs: Get over yourselves and your “alpine slice of heaven.” Obviously you were in favor of building YOUR house on this pristine piece of property. Of course, now that you have yours, everyone else should stay out. …Re: Everybody respects the troopsNo Matt, sadly we have only seen a liberal press that doesn’t appreciate how our servicemen and women protect your right to say stupid things. It is because of people like you that our Vietnam vets came back without honor and you are doing the same thing now with our Iraq vets. Because of people like you, thousands were masacred in Cambodia after our pull-out. …Re: CrossroadsThe saddest element of the Crossroads development is that it became a “power struggle.” Power struggles are ultimately about “me,” not about “us,” are divisive, not cooperative.Peter Knobel entered into a power struggle with the town of Vail by declining Kent Logan’s offer to sit down with the Town Council to negotiate a compromise. He chose instead to demonstrate his power by withdrawing his project and working to change the composition of the Town Council. He exercised his power again by stating that if the vote failed, the project was dead, causing some voters with reservations about the project to vote for it to not lose the project altogether. Certainly effective, as Kent Logan observed when the council approved Crossroads, but divisive.The whole process has been characterized as a power struggle between the “old guard” and the “new guard,” or as Mark Gordon put it, “the old power structure vs the new power structure.” The “power struggle” was somewhat one-sided. The old guard’s arguments addressed the long-term impact of overdevelopment on Vail and reflected on past mistakes like Lionshead and the Lodge Tower, while the new guard’s arguments often addressed “we want” and “we need.”One can only hope our young council members and voters are truly more focused on Vail’s long-term success than on winning their “power struggle” against the “old power structure.”Re: Wisdom from the WebRe: “Editor’s note: Commentary and news both have hallowed places in American newspaper history. The key is being clear between the “commentary” and “news” sections of the publication.”As editor, Mr. Rogers, you should put a disclaimer before and after every one of Matt Zalaznick’s ignorant diatribes asserting that he does NOT represent the opinions of the Vail Daily. Do the same for ALL your PAID commentators. I am all for freedom of the press and I appreciate the many avenues afforded us to express our opinions, however, Matt, Alex Miller and Alan Braunholtz do not write for free. You pay them to fill your paper with their garbage. The only opposing opinions I see published are written for FREE by concerned citizens. I wonder how long your ultra-liberal staff would continue to write their uninformed trash and propaganda if they were not being paid to do so. Editor’s note: Personal columns by staff and guests are labeled “My View.”Re: Wisdom from the WebRe: “Slide”: “The proposed slide will adversely affect the natural beauty and serenity of the mountain” – a mountain that you do not OWN! You are arguing for the preservation of a view corridor that you did not buy. Since you do not own the land you have no right to unilaterally dictate its use.Re: Everybody respects the troopsMatt Zalaznick, … World War III has begun and you want us to sit back and wait for us to get slammed. Here’s a good example of what I mean, “Sadly, we’ve seen only an administration abusing the patriotism and bravery of our troops and their families.” How can you comment on patriotism and bravery when you don’t have a clue as to what either of those mean? You have offered nothing but gratuitous sanctimony and bile in your previous rantings. Now it looks like you are trying to play the “good cop.” Sorry Matt, the public isn’t as gullable as you seem to believe. The majority of the American people know exactly what is going on in the world and know that we have to engage on the battlefield or we might perish as a nation. Nuclear weapons, biological anc chemical weapons, the spread of radical Islam, all of these thrown together into one amalgam and poured over the middle east can only be the recipe for one thing, a movement like the Nazi march through Europe not even a hundred years ago. Man, I just shudder when I see people like you who don’t look at history and the effects of unchecked radicalism. Why don’t you just say thank you to all of our military men and women instead of offering a caveat every time you try to manipulate with a left-handed remark?Re: Evolution a worldview, not scienceTheory, from the Princeton Dictionary: “A well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena; “theories can incorporate facts and laws and tested hypotheses.” Theories are BASED ON FACT AND ACCEPTED KNOWLEDGE. They are not blind guesses. A scientific theory is assumed the way it is assumed that the sun will come up every morning. Evolution is not out to break religion. Intelligent design/creationism are out to use science to prove religion, which is futile because religion is based on faith.Vail, Colorado
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