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Why should we shoulder the responsibility and the cost to the taxpayers from an overburdening of our country with the overwhelming issue of illegal immigrants? We are proud to be American and live a country where you as a citizen have rights to live, speak and pursue your dreams without persecution. The fact that we Americans are being forced to learn Spanish because the immigrants that live here are too lazy to learn our language is beyond my understanding. What about our inalienable rights? The immigration situation is grossly out of control and no one has any suggestions. These would work!

The following immigration laws are proposed:

1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.

2. All ballots will be in this nation’s primary language.

3. All government business will be conducted in our language.

4. Nonresidents will not have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

5. Noncitizens will never be able to hold political office.

6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or no government assistance programs. Any burden will be deported.

7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

8. If foreigners come here and buy land, options will be restricted. Certain parcels, including waterfront property, are reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

9. Foreigners may have no protests, no demonstrations, no waving a foreign flag, no political organizing, no bad mouthing our president or his policies. These will lead to deportation.

10. If you come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted and when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All assets will be taken from you.

Harsh you say?

The above laws are current immigration laws of Mexico.

Donna Manto, Gypsum

I feel it is unnecessary to change the airport name as a lifelong resident of Eagle County. I cringe whenever I hear Vail Valley. It is not only geographically incorrect, but politically incorrect and is also an insult. I found out some facts that may interest you.

I called several travel agencies here and in the Denver area, and the one my brother uses when he flies from Fairbanks, Alaska. When I asked what my choices were they referred me to Denver International Airport, Grand Junction and the Eagle County Airport (EGE).

Then I went online and Googled airports/Vail there were many sites to choose from. The ones on the right are the ones I tried first. At Bookit I put in Denver to “Vai” ” I somehow failed to put the L in Vail ” and it directed me to a pop-up that had the Eagle County Airport listed. Delta Airlines also came up as EGE, the Eagle County Airport. Expedia, Cheap Tickets, and every other online site I visited all had Eagle County listed. All the major airlines that fly here also had Eagle County listed.

Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself, then ask yourself if a name change is necessary. Why throw away money that we need somewhere else? By all means, do not consider Vail in any name change. Why should Vail and Vail Resorts benefit when they can’t even fix their parking and housing problems?

Lastly, when do we as a community start to lose our identity? There is no Vail Valley. We live in the Eagle Valley of Eagle County. Geography and political correctness is important to the area we live in. Do not degrade it any further. I would appreciate your response by return e-mail.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jim Gonzales, Minturn

If you live in or around the town of Eagle, you know that we have a traffic problem. In the morning, cars from south and west of town travel to Interstate 70 and head upvalley. After work, the same cars travel west on I-70 and head back to their homes south and west of Eagle. Our traffic problems occur because this traffic gets backed up, both morning and evening, at the Eby Creek Road and Highway 6 roundabout.

With this picture in mind, I headed for the Eagle Planning Commission meeting last Tuesday to learn more about the proposed I-70 east Eagle interchange. The town staff and an independent traffic consultant made an excellent presentation relating to the traffic impact of Eagle River Station and the proposed east Eagle interchange. In spite of the technical nature of the study, it was put forth in such a way that most of it was understandable. The part I didn’t understand was their conclusion that by building the east Eagle interchange, it would be possible to accommodate the additional traffic generated by Eagle River Station and still have an improvement in the level of service at the Highway 6 roundabout. How is it possible to add part of the traffic generated by 581 residential units, 555,000 square feet of retail space and a 150-room hotel to the already crowded Highway 6 roundabout and improve the situation? I don’t believe it is possible, just like I don’t believe that you can squeeze 50l pounds of potatoes into a 25-pound sack.

There seems to be a consensus that Trinity Red, the developer of Eagle River Station, would be paying to have the east Eagle interchange built. That is not the case. Trinity Red would only be responsible for arranging for the financing of that interchange through a bond offering. Those bonds would be paid back over the next 20 years with tax dollars collected from Eagle River Station. The taxpayers would pay for that interchange, not Trinity Red. If the taxpayers are going to pay for an interchange, why not put it between Eagle and Gypsum so it would be accessible by all of those cars coming from the south and west of Eagle and currently backing up at the Highway 6 roundabout? Eagle Ranch is only half built-out. When those remaining homes are finished this traffic nightmare is only going to get worse. An “airport exit” would alleviate much of that future pressure.

At some point, an east Eagle interchange may have merit. However, for now, it only represents a colossal expenditure of taxpayer funds with little or no benefit to the community.

Urge your elected officials in Eagle and Gypsum to figure out a way that those towns could cooperate to offer the bonds necessary for building the “airport exit.” If we’re going to pay to build an interchange, let’s put it where it will do some good!

Ron Brown, Eagle

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