Vail Daily column: 2015: The year that wasn’t … |

Vail Daily column: 2015: The year that wasn’t …

… good, by any definition of the word.

No year in its right mind starts out with a DOW drop of more than 300 points and a 4.9 earthquake in friggin’ Idaho, but 2015 did.

It also began with New Jersey conservative heads exploding as Gov. Chris Christie attended a Dallas Cowboy game and was seen hugging (GASP!) Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, reminding them of the disgusting time he was hugging president Obama a few years ago for some silly thing or another.

It wasn’t a good year for Fox News as they promoted the existence of “NoGo” zones in Europe, although none actually existed, and DeflateGate was the most exciting part of the Super Bowl, but on the other hand New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder and sent to prison for life and Vail received six feet of snow in sixteen days.

It wasn’t a good year for infidels either, as Muslim extremists in Paris murdered 12 in January and another 130 in November, and thousands of others in between. ISIS beheaded a few journalists, burned a few others alive, and then discovered the greatest spokesman ever for their ever-elusive caliphate: Donald Trump.

Speaking of delusional narcissists, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Hillary Clinton and a short bus of others announced bids for president, and it wasn’t a good year for the vast majority of them.

It certainly wasn’t a good year for innocent victims, but then again that particular category never has a good year.

A depressed pilot murdered 150 innocent passengers when he flew his commercial jet straight into the French Alps while a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed over 10,000 blameless individuals.

The thoughts and prayers of millions of Americans on Facebook did absolutely nothing to help relieve the pain and suffering of any survivors of course, but a lot of those same Americans slept better that night anyway.

Locally it was not a good year for developer wannabe’s as Eagle River Station proved once again to be nothing more than a second-hand pipe dream and the Village-At-Avon’s 20-year residential build-out passed the 17-year mark with zero residences completed.

But on the other hand Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin swept some major booty down the Birds of Prey during the World Championships, which qualifies for the “good” category.

Yet the New York Times left George W. Bush out of a picture with Obama at a Selma rally and conservative heads exploded. The president then reminded Americans about the travesties of all religions, not just Islam, and conservative heads exploded. He changed the name of Mount McKinley back to Denali, and conservative heads exploded.

The pope endorsed climate change and conservative Catholic heads exploded.

States chose to remove the confederate flag, the Supreme Court ruled once again in favor of ObamaCare and gay marriage, the head of the Spokane NAACP was revealed to be Caucasian and the Republican National Committee walked out on NBC for unfair questioning during a debate.

It really wasn’t a good year for a lot of folks, but especially for those of a conservative persuasion.

But look at it this way, at least none of us are Duggar children with Ashley Madison accounts.

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at

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