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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: Letters to the Editor, ‘Inconvenient facts’Even if the Vail Daily’s ultra-liberal moonbats read J.F. Abel’s letter to the editor they will never accept his information debunking the myths of global warming. Even Professor Lindzen’s Wall Street Journal article and his Senate testimony will not dissuade them from their misguided mission. Damn the facts, full speed ahead! Just ignore the 17,000-plus scientists who signed the petition recommending against the U.S. signing the Kyoto Accord. Who needs them when we have Al Gore?Re: Wisdom from the WebEagle County government has no authority to spend public monies on any sort of day care for children of any age, and therefore should not be wasting public monies into the research of such ventures. This is outrageous.But wait, there’s more! Our very own Eagle County commissioners have also begun a new venture into the cablecast television business! Scheduled to open in September, this new county cable TV station will be the fifth in Eagle County. Our commissioners claim this business venture will not be financed with public monies, but they are already spending over $200,000 in salaries alone.In addition, representatives of the new government-owned and operated station are undermining our existing community television stations by hijacking what limited funding does exist. Regardless of what Menconi and Runyon may claim, the limited funding available to staff and operate such a station 24/7/365 will require additional cash subsidies from taxpayer dollars.Do you believe we need yet another local TV station and do you believe this market can support another station? Should any tax revenues ever be used to finance this endeavor, and do you believe our county government has any business getting into any business? I do not. This must be stopped.Re: Difference between magic and scienceOur Constitution explicitly assigns limited powers to the federal government along with certain duties. Among them are the responsibility to defend the country, its borders and its citizens. Matters not assigned to the federal government include medical research, education, housing, health care, maintaining low gasoline prices, finding everyone a job or ensuring happiness and bliss are achieved by all.So why is it that so many people complain when the federal government actually performs its assigned duties and at the same time they complain that the government should exceed its authority regarding matters in which it has no business interfering? The government should no more be involved in medical research than it should be involved in religious issues, but it absolutely must be involved in defending our borders and fighting the war on international terrorism.Re: Bad science, worse theologyGene Bammel offers these complimentary words to summarize the debate between science and religion: “In the end, science offers explanations for the things we see, and faith offers explanations for the things we do not see.”Robert Heinlein is less generous: “Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn’t there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.” And, “One man’s ‘magic’ is another man’s engineering.”I look forward to hearing Dr. Bammel at the Vail Symposium session on Aug. 14.Re: Garage redesign begins in board roomI would like to request some escalators for any new parking structure improvements. It’s bad enough to have to walk through town in ski boots and the stairs are just a final insult to the body after a long ski day.Re: Letters to the Editor, ‘An idea for here’It is true that “we’re sunnier than Florida,” but we also have more snow. Snow imposes a bit of an impediment for any kind of solar collector.Besides that little detail, it would also be difficult to get any neighborhood’s design review board to approve retrofitting solar collectors on everyone’s rooftops since they’re so particular about the look, style and color of homes, and particularly finicky of the roofing materials permitted.Re: Bond residents want pond tested for diseaseThe county has been very lax on this issue. There is standing water in Eagle next to where a horse died and tested positive for West Nile virus a couple of years ago. The county was aware of this, did no testing of the water, and the bog still exists despite complaints.Re: No decision yet on charter schoolI certainly support the Eagle County Charter Academy in their quest to improve their school building. However, I do not support ECCA in moving into Battle Mountain High School if a new facility should be built for the new high school. I would vote yes for a bond increasing our taxes for ECCA to build a new facility, but not for them to move into BMHS. If there is enough room should BMHS vacate, why not put a new elementary school there instead of paying $30 million to build one at Miller Ranch? ECSD could remodel BMHS for the new elementary school, build a new facility for ECCA, and still have about $15 million left over. With the new Stone Creek Charter opening up in Avon this fall, do we really need a brand new elementary school? I think Stone Creek will probably house 200 elementary kids. I say vote yes for a new high school on Miller Ranch, remodel BMHS for either a new elementary school or a K-8 school, and give ECCA money for a new facility. They have certainly proved themselves over the years.Re: Tipsline, ‘Got that message’A Tipster asks Mr. Kittay to offer a “constructive solution” to the Palestinian problem. To solve a problem requires understanding the problem. Many people don’t, especially today’s Democrats. For proof of this, simply read their party platform. Mr. Kittay’s letters and essays on the subject help provide the needed understanding, but the message falls on deaf ears of people who apparently do not want to hear.Israel’s current problems result in part from an excess of restraint in responding to previous Hamas and Hezbollah provocations. Perhaps the biggest contributor to the problem is a feckless international community that refuses to proportionately denounce the outrages to which Israel is being subjected.Israel’s military invasion and naval blockade of Lebanon is being denounced in European capitals and at the United Nations as a “disproportionate” response to the recent kidnapping of two of its soldiers by Hezbollah. Israel’s decision late last month to invade Gaza in retaliation for the kidnapping of another soldier by Hamas was also condemned as lacking in proportion. So here’s a question for our global solons: Since hostage taking is universally regarded as an act of war, what “proportionate” action do they propose for Israel?In the case of Hamas, perhaps Israel could rain indiscriminate artillery fire on Gaza City, surely a proportionate response to the 800 rockets Hamas has fired at Israeli towns in the last year alone. In the case of Hezbollah, it might mean carpet-bombing a section of south Beirut, another equally proportionate response to Hezbollah’s attacks on civilian Jewish and Israeli targets in Buenos Aires in the early 1990s.Gee, look at tonight’s news!Ultimately there will be no resolution in Lebanon and Gaza until the regimes in Syria and Iran believe they will pay a price for the wars they are waging through their proxies. The referral last week of Iran’s nuclear file to the U.N. Security Council is a start, although there is little reason to have confidence it will lead anywhere. …The White House has cited Syria and Iran as the culprits behind last week’s events, but more forceful actions are called for, not more empty words and hollow resolutions. The Middle East stands on the cusp of its worst crisis in a generation, and this is no time for formulaic statements calling for “restraint from both sides.”For those still confused, the short answer is for Israel and her allies (that means us) to act now, and act decisively. Of course, the U.N. will do more collective hand wringing and pass more impotent resolutions as they always do, and the Democrats are on the wrong side (again).Vail, Colorado


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