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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: Climate report: Warmer, drier in the WestIt’s been proven that the so-called “historical norm” was based upon erroneous data since the data comes from the 20th century.After studying trees rings dating back 800 years, scientists realized that the 20th century was actually a fluke in that it was wetter than average. So I’m not surprised that the research group is saying that we are now 10.5 percent warmer and drier than average, especially if the average is based on erroneous data. Because there were no automobiles or factories 800 years ago, we can’t blame man entirely for our current “global warming” situation. The truth may be that our dynamic planet is just heading back towards a truly normal cycle.The deserts of the American Southwest didn’t get that way in the last 100 years, boys and girls.Re: The next nine monthsMr. Cohen’s argument that there are “12,000 seats,” or 25,000 more people, is bogus. By now he should understand that those “seats” are mostly visitors or second homes that have much economic impact on Eagle County but the toilet flushing is limited.Re: Packing chambersCurious as to why Chairman (or should I say “King”?) Menconi did not call for a special night session about the moratorium like he did for the Eaton parcel. Both decisions were made in advance anyway. Those two Democrats are leading us down the wrong path.Re: Letters to the editor, Respect the officeTheodore Roosevelt (a Republican) said in 1918: The president is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else. Re: Woman still missing in Holy CrossAs an avid hiker I can attest to encouraging my hiking companions to go forth and conquer when I have felt weak and I too have forged ahead when my companions have not. We may have the finest gear, food, water and emergency kits, but none of us are immune to Mother Nature’s unpredictability. Unless you have a competitive spirit you may not understand the thrill of accomplishment of high risk hobbies. Whether you engage in high risk activities such as climbing fourteeners or are of a more conservative nature, the only person you are responsible for is yourself. Of course, the buddy system is a good practice and oftentimes it’s not practiced because we often cheer on the ones we love to accomplish the task at hand when we cannot. This was a tragic incident that could not have been foreseen. It pains me to think people will blame Michelle’s dear friend for leaving her alone. We will never know what conversation transpired between these two, which led to the friend summiting the mountain and Michelle never to be seen again. I can only assume that she was physically fine when they parted ways and that they had every intention of reconnecting for the descent back to the car. We must not channel our anger towards the friend who will carry this burden for a lifetime. My deepest sympathies go out to the family for their loss and to the friend for the heavy heart now instilled within.I mourn the loss of a fellow sister who was an outdoor enthusiast, yet I have no plans to do anything different in my future. I will continue to hike, ride my motorcycle, sky dive and live life to the fullest, as I imagine this sister lived her life.Re: Lindstrom considering run for governorLindstrom for Governor has got to be the funniest thing I have ever heard. Surely you joke. He is a legend in his own mind. What a publicity stunt. I would bet you that the majority of people in Eagle County don’t even know who he is. Thanks for the comedy. …Please rerun this in the comics section of the paper.Re: Hikers surprised at missing woman’s routeWhat good does knowing the name do? Will blaming and shaming this individual help ease people’s pain? To what end do we want to push the subject? My heart goes out to Michelle’s friend for the anguish they must be feeling.Vail, Colorado


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