Wisdom from the Web
On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here are excerpts of those comments:Re: ‘To shift the blame for incompetent emergency services off of the governor of Lousiana and the mayor of New Orleans’The chain of responsibility for the protection of the citizens in New Orleans is:1. The mayor2. The New Orleans director of homeland security (a political appointee of the governor who reports to the governor)3. The governor4. The head of homeland security5. The presidentWhat did each do?1. The mayor, with 5 days advance, waited until two days before he announced a mandatory evacuation (at the behest of the President). Then he failed to provide transportation for those without transport even though he had hundreds of buses at his disposal. 2. The New Orleans director of homeland security failed to have any plan for a contingency that has been talked about for 50 years. Then he blames the feds for not doing what he should have done. (So much for political appointees.)3. The governor, despite a declaration of disaster by the President TWO DAYS BEFORE the storm hit, failed to take advantage of the offer of federal troops and aid until TWO DAYS AFTER the storm hit.4. The director of homeland security positioned assets in the area to be ready when the governor called for them. 5. The president urged a mandatory evacuation, and even declared a disaster.Re: Battle Mountain places well at Liberty BellThought you might be interested in knowing that Kelly King, who won the Liberty Bell, Division 3, is the daughter of Tracy and Scott King of Longmont. Tracy grew up in Vail and graduated from Battle Mountain in 1980. She was know as Tracy Hill then. Kelly is a ninth-grader and loves to run.Re: Skating for the SouthThe county was very irresponsible for sanctioning a skateboard event where they did not require that the participants did not have to wear safety helmets. I’m all for athletic charity events, but let’s show some leadership and make them safe! …Re: Youth Conservation Corps will carry onWe should thank Commissioner Tom Stone for the Youth Conservation Corps. He is often blasted by extreme environmentalists (like his fellow commissioners) who would like to paint him as anti-environment. What have Runyon and Menconi done to help out kids and the environment at the same time? Nothing! All they can do is spout rhetoric while Tom is getting things done. It will be hard to replace him. Hopefully they won’t kill the program when he is gone.Re: Wisdom from the WebWhat is it with the new Volkswagen Pasats and this pedestrian safety feature on the front of the car? Maybe they were watching people try to cross the streets at the famous Avon Roundabouts, and decided to do something about it.Re: Wisdom from the WebNow the experts are saying the demise of the delta protecting New Orleans from the gulf is what has contributed to the problems, basically removing protection. These deltas are created by the river depositing sediment and creating marsh land. So why does Ken Nuebacker always use the sedimentation card when he speaks of our rivers. The people of New Orleans certainly do not agree with him. I think it is just more excuses these people use on the public to protect their self-serving interests. Sedimentation has been a natural occurring process and it is part of the natural earth’s ecosystem. …Re: Wisdom from the WebHow nice would it be to open up a newspaper and not have any headlines about bombings, killings, protests, or any other crap in the Middle East. It has become a daily headline. Maybe just stop the articles and let them all kill each other, and if they mess with the USA, show them the MOAB.Re: Skating for the SouthCommissioner Menconi helped out to make this event possible, and I would like to see (anyone) do a better job. Plus everyone except for the age group 25 and over were wearing helmets. It raised over $5,000 – with no injuries. Vail, Colorado
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