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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: Merry ChristkwanzahanuakamasAnd wishes for my friends:For my Democrat friends: Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures who contribute.For my Republican friends: Here’s wishing all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.Re: What’s YOUR source?I want to believe you, Butch, but too bad you had to close with that poll of Iraqi citizens. You, like Bush, conveniently neglect to mention what else that poll said: That fully two-thirds of Iraqis want us out NOW. Selective use of poll data is a standard ploy of this administration, but that from a local dirt pimp? Shocking. Chris MechRe: What’s YOUR source?Thank you, Butch, for a refreshing perspective. Someone has to stand up to the torrent of bias. You provide balance where otherwise there is none. The reaction of Chris Mech is typical of those who cannot tolerate any information that contradicts their preferred version of reality. It is also typical of such people to resort to name-calling. Such behavior is appalling, but not at all shocking or unexpected.Keep up the good work, Butch!Re: Wife of Houston minister delays flight to VailWhy is everyone so quick to judge her? I have flown many, many miles in the past 15 years. I can assure you, a lot of the time the flight attendant is the one with the bad attitude. Give the Osteens the benefit of the doubt. Yes, you do reap what you sow. If you sow dissension, that is exactly what YOU will reap.Re. TipslineRe: ” What is with most of the coaches in this valley? From peewees to middle school, then to high school kids, have heard from the coaches that they are either too small …”What it is is called reality.These coaches that acknowledge by middle and high school the star players and really “don’t give these smaller or less advanced kids a second look” are simply telling you, and the short, untalented and/or fat child the painful truth. Sorry, life is like that. Be 6 foot or taller, be in good physical shape and have talent and you have a chance – even in golf now! You cannot be fat or short for that sport, either!By middle school, sports are serious. No more mamby-pamby “we are all winners and get a trophy even if half of you never made one practice” wah, wah, wah approach.Your child is destined to fail in their own eyes if they are being misled. How sad for them. I would much rather have a realistic coach then have my child falsely believe they can do something that they will never obtain. My kid has fun anyway – loads of fun! Years of fun in fact. And my kid is a GREAT sportsman in attitude and ability. The team loves this child of mine. The coaches love this kid too and he plays a lot, but then he practices 100 percent heart and soul, day and night, too.I personally thank our coaches. And by the way, all kids by eighth grade are put through tryouts. Then it is gleaned to first, second and third string. Third string means you sit out a lot. Means no skill usually.And just so you know, my child is small. My child will NEVER play professionally, ever, ever, ever. Is my child good, actually very good at most sports? Yep. But again, reality is you better get a college education because of genetics.Re: Wife of Houston minister delays flight to VailThe story I saw said that Ms. Osteen acted very professionally. I’ve flown Continental before. Maybe it wasn’t the Osteen’s issue. Perhaps it was the flight attendant who had the problem. …


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