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On the Vail Daily Web site, readers can comment on each story or editorial they read there.Here we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Editor’s Blog, The Celtic seedI think it would be wonderful if you wrote about Tartan Day for your children’s heritage – that is not going to be observed nor taught in our schools.After all, as my friend says: Scots have made far greater contributions to our nation than the immigrants we have coming here today. … The final line of Senate Resolution 155 states: “Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Senate designates April 6 of each year as ‘National Tartan Day.'”www.tartan.tv/Web/Site/NewSite/Directory/TartanDay/TartanDay_Intro.aspRe: Editor’s Blog, The Celtic seed “I am a Scotsman,” Sir Walter Scott famously wrote. “Therefore I had to fight my way into the world.” So did any number of his compatriots over a period of just a few centuries, leaving their native country and traveling to every continent, carving out livelihoods and bringing ideas of freedom,… http://home.earthlink.net/~djmp/ScottishCulture.html “How The Scots Invented The Modern World,” by Arthur Herman, Crown Publishers, New York, 2001 The Scots are an interesting people because they were able to carry off what few other people ever have. Giving up their sovereignty, they nevertheless, nearly conquered the world with their ideas and energy. Nor is the true history of the Scots quite as modern myth-making paints it. Arthur Herman subtitles his book: “The true story of how Western Europe’s poorest nation created our world and everything in it.” If there is any truth in the movie Braveheart, then it is probably the backwardness and brutality of early life in Scotland. As late as 1700 there were still many people in northwestern Scotland who were literally living in the hunter-gatherer stage of civilization. …So, how did the Scots reverse the picture, reinvent themselves, spawn the Scottish Enlightenment, build the British Empire, and America to boot, and invent the very idea of modernity? That is the subject of Herman’s marvelous book. …America not so coolI’m shocked. Surely the author knows the answer to the question: “How could the government do so much with taxes being so little?”How about by oppressing the Third World? Invading a sovereign nation (Iraq) just because you want to control their oil? Negotiating “free trade” agreements with allies that clearly favour American interests (and thus aren’t free at all)?American reality isn’t reality. That much is absolutely clear. American reality can only exist so long as the rest of the world feeds its voracious demands for energy, goods and power.How deeply into a quagmire must we be pulled before the citizens of the USA wake up and understand how fragile their house of cards is?Oh – and I am an American. But thankfully, I don’t have to live there.Re: Stiff upper lips all aroundRock on Richard. It is what it is, isn’t it? H.M.Re: Rooted in the RockiesJust what is affordable, you ask? Well it is more than just lower real estate prices, much more. It is lower gas prices, lower food costs at the local grocery store, lower prices for different services. But nobody in Eagle County seems to mind the 30 percent hike that gas prices take by the time they get from Denver to Vail. Oh, I know what you are going to say when comparing to Denver, but take a look at Frisco, Dillon or Silverthorne their prices are about 15-20 percent lower on gas and also lower on just about everything else. Please don’t tell me that the 35-mile distance is to blame for that. If every 35 miles increased prices by 15 percent, you do the math. Price gouging in Eagle County is common! All the boutique store owners who cry a river every time there is a talk about bringing a decent store in the area are guilty of this, but nobody seems to mind it. We pay millions of dollars out of our county budget to do nothing with some swamps in Edwards, but nobody wants a store that will bring healthy business competition. And God forbid we get a price club store in Vail valley, that would be a true disaster. If I read this newspaper, I would think that no one wants an evil “big box” in their town, but I’ll remind you of this the next time I see YOU at the checkout line in Wal-Mart. The long lines and full parking lots there say otherwise.Affordable “anything” in Vail valley is a myth, and the decision makers are completely out of touch with reality. Here’s reality check for you: Not everyone in Vail valley drives a $50 000 SUV. Don’t try to stick “middle class” in “affordable” mobile homes, so you don’t see them from your million dollar houses, because when YOU need their services you’ll be in for a rude awakening. Get ready to mow you own lawn.I would like to keep Vail valley beautiful and pristine just as much as the next guy. I ski, hike, bike and like to raft in the Eagle River. But unless you can stop all development everywhere in this county, we will need to take care of the people who labor day after day in the hot sun of the freezing cold for a few dollars an hour. Healthy business competition is the only way you can keep prices in check for the boutique stores. It is not unreasonable to ask for gas, food and services prices that are in line with the rest of the state.A.P. from EdwardsRe: Boy well after being trapped by boulder”His companions started comparing the ordeal to what happened to Aron Ralston, the Aspen-based climber who sawed his own arm off after becoming trapped under a boulder in Utah.”Well, they shouldn’t, and hopefully they know that Aron Ralston is a complete idiot. Not telling anyone where you are going is breaking one of the major rules in backcountry safety. Ralston also has done some other amazingly dumb things like brag about climbing Colorado 14ers in winter by himself. If you are in a avalanche and you have companions around you with the proper gear and training, you have a very good chance of survival. You can figure out the chances if no one is around. I am glad that he is alive for his loved ones’ sake, but really surprised the moron isn’t dead already. … Re: Dog complaints have increasedWhy did I not see any vets, dog trainers or firms like Walk Your Dog mentioned as sponsors for the trails in a recent article in the Daily? These trails are more like dog trails than people trails!It is only a matter of time before we have a tragedy like a biker paralyzed (like what happened in Pitkin County) when hitting a dog running loose or a vicious dog attack on a child. I have seen many pit bulls and the other types of vicious breeds running loose on the trail. JUST TICKET THEM NOW!Re: Triple the pain, triple the pleasureI left the Vail Pass rest area around 2:30 and was descending on the bike path just past the gate separating the road from the bike path past the lake. After riding three passes I wasn’t sure if I was hallucinating, but approximately 50 feet in front of me, about a foot off the bike path, was a big brown bear. I was getting ready to slow down, not sure what to do, when a cyclist in front of me sped past him. (I don’t think he saw the bear until he was right next to it.) The bear then turned and ran back down the hill. It was the highlight of my ride. My first bear sighting in Colorado!Re: Triple the pain, triple the pleasureI was there, and this ride absolutely RAWKED the Houze!Re: Energy is biggest threat, Bill Clinton saysNo doubt your statement below was Freudian, given the source of the story and his penchant for “climaxing:” “The United States ought to recognize the future of clean energy not only as the means to avert climactic disaster…” I believe you meant to say “climatic disaster.”Re: Study: Immigrant births increasingHere is a solution. A real feasible, do not bash immigrants or illegals solution. http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_8676.shtml In part: “I look at it this way. My unhappiness stems not from the people that are here, and not from the work they do or do not do here, but from the cost handed to me as a taxpayer …”Vail, Colorado


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