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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 editorIt sounds to me like Karen Snyder really needs to get out of the house more. This is a frightening letter with its implications of Islam vs. Christianity. It terrifies me that people here in the U.S. believe our troops in Iraq-Afghanistan are fighting against Islam. Take just a few minutes a day to turn the channel from Fox News and you’ll realize that 99.9 percent of the people on this planet want nothing more than to be left alone in peace. I may be naive, but it seems to me that there are a lot more Christian missionaries spread around the world than there are Islamic. Tell me, who is trying to convert whom?Re: ‘A problem of monumental proportions’It is obvious that Peter Runyon is living in the past. The building moratorium in the Republic of Bolder resulted in much higher home prices for the middle class. Instead of spending general fund money on open space and being a lap dog for Menconi, the county should support the building of more middle class housing like Miller Ranch.Re: TipslineElizabeth Chicoine knows about the TAP program because she researched it. She interviewed Eagle County School District administrators, she interviewed teachers and parents. She paid attention to the survey a group of parents compiled two years ago. This survey asked teachers to comment on specific components of the TAP program and had a 60 percent response rate; 95 percent of the responses received were critical of the TAP program. She had the courage to publicly print her opinion to hopefully alert other parents who are unaware of the true costs of the TAP program. Mrs. Chicoine’s opinion is that the public school is not the best place for her children and the TAP program is one of the reasons for this. In fact, lots of other parents believe the public schools are not the right place for their children, and the private schools are capitalizing on this. Look at the expansions that are happening at these schools around our valley. Unfortunately, the ECSD is not operating on the idea of pleasing the customers and is losing involved families as a result.Re: Avon beats up on LindholmGood article, Michael C. Even though you have been out of town, you still know more about what’s going on than regular reporters. …Re: TipslineI just can’t believe some folks around here. The big flashing signs on Metcalf are just an indication of the sense of community going down the tubes fast. I had friends visiting from out of town and they were just beside themselves that people could be so self-serving. The town of Avon has yet to answer my question of who is complaining, and how many actual complaints there are. A community needs businesses and services to survive. Some of these require that trucks occasionally unload-load goods or products. Get it? This commercial district was here before 99 percent of the Wildridge residences were built. You drove past it all to purchase your house. You knew they were there, right? So why now are you all complaining? Must be the tremendous influx of the trust fund babies, people with too much money and time on their hands, so all they have to do in life is bitch. I have lived in Wildridge since 1990, and never had to wait more than a few minutes at the most for a truck. You complaining people are pathetic. Time to take a long look in the mirror and find some compassion, and figure out what a community is.Re: Letters to the editorFundamentalist Christianity and radical Islam are twin brethren preaching the same message: fire, death and destruction to unbelievers.Each hates the other, though they’re spawned from the same source: fear. Each refuses to take responsibility for the reality it creates, but want us to think all the world’s problems are the other guy’s fault. Each amasses leaders and a power base by professing to “keep us safe” and by so doing appeal to the victim in us all. The only difference is when the brethren tell us all that bloody misery will happen: Islamic jihad brings it on in this life, and Christianity’s Judgment Day throws down on infidels in the next.Re: Phil Jackson to speak in Eagle CountyThat is VERY affordable: $100 to see Phil speak AND dinner. I’d go if I lived there.Re: Editor’s Blog, Plumas County’s gainThe county administrator’s job is not to be popular, but to run the county efficiently. By all measures, Ingstad did that very well.Re: Building house in parkMenconi and Runyon only want to pay for open space even if it means charging county employees more for their health insurance if that’s what it takes. How stupid can you be to allow development of land meant to be a park? And the left-wing wackos like to say that Tom Stone is against open space and parks. Menconi acts like he is mentally unstable, and Runyon is just clueless in Colorado.Vail, Colorado


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