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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: Eagle teen struck, killed by ambulanceI just wanted to thank everyone who showed up last night at Joey’s memorial to support his friends and family. We shared some laughs of his memories, and shared stories we shared with him. I would also like to thank his parents for all they have done for Joey and his friends. We love you guys!Re: Wisdom from the WebLook at the state’s congressional numbers, not to mention a Democrat governor now. Unfortunately for us, Washington sees us as just another blue state with a few minority right-wingers in it. But the truth will come around. Politics is circular.Re: Letters to the EditorIt’s just a little apline slide. It sounds like good clean fun for families, and Beaver Creek homeowners are coming off as even snottier than one would ever believe by resisting it this much. Get a grip!Re: Eagle teen struck, killed by ambulanceI would also like to thank everyone who showed up for Joe’s memorial. I wish I could have been there. I have a very special thank you to a very dear friend for all she has done throughout this tragedy. Everyone, please continue to support his parents, and brother and sister. I love you all!Why haven’t Joe’s parents been given any more details? Is someone hiding something? Why did this happen? Why did it have to be Joe? Why not me? I miss him so much!Re: Letters to the EditorI agree that this is not about revenue and happy little children singing as they slide down a photoshopped Haymeadow (as portrayed in VR’s seriously misleading brochure they use to sell their slide concept). It’s about power. The new sheriff wants us all to know who has the power in Beaver Creek, and it’s not the homeowners who bought property on the promises of VR and East West that Beaver Creek would always be a unique ski resort. What better way to prove who is in charge than to shove a slide right up the noses of the homeowners? Rob Katz continually claims “the homeowners don’t know what’s good for them” and that “he has our best interests at heart.”Beaver Creek is currently an unincorporated part of Eagle County. Development in unincorporated parts of the county requires county commissioner approval. VR has sought interpretation of the PUD by the county. VR’s new CEO, Rob Katz, continually claims the slide will (1) increase the number of “guests” to Beaver Creek and (2) will bring more people to the valley. Next to housing, one of the most contentious issues concerning Eagle county developments these days – including those that are purely beneficial to the county residents – is the impact on traffic. Therefore, shouldn’t VR be held to the same standard as every other developer in this community, i.e., to prove that there will be no significant increase in traffic and, if there is, that they will mitigate the resulting negative impacts?Only when Aspen and Deer Valley build slides and coasters past slopeside homes and into the village center will you find the Beaver Creek residents hoisting the white flag. Sadly, when VR builds their slide in the middle of the resort in order to prove who’s in charge here, Beaver Creek will lose its “uniqueness” that they and their affiliates used to lure us here in the first place. Re: What’s up with genetically modified food?The ignorance of the organic crowd never ceases to amaze me. Every natural substance on the planet is a chemical, and thanks to the Ames test (look it up) any synthetic chemical used in food that is capable of breaking DNA or causing cancer is denied approval. In a single cup of “natural” coffee, 19 of the 26 natural chemicals found cause a significant level of DNA damage, but only if enough is consumed, somewhere along the lines of 100 gallons per day for a year.The mere definition of “organic” varies from person to person, company to company, and nation to nation. Using sythetics allows us to grow more food using less of the planet’s resources. We can isolate the “bad parts” of a food and provide a much larger intake of the “good parts.” Going “organic” is nothing more than a marketing gimmick to make money, and has absolutely nothing to do with obesity or sickness in humans.


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