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Vail Daily Hits and Misses

Got a quick Hit or Miss about issues, decisions or goings-on in the valley? Send yours to to be included.

HIT: From a reader to veterans. He included this: “A veteran — whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve — is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for an amount of “up to and including my life.” That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it. — Author Unknown”

HIT: To hanging chads and in Vail, damaged ballots, along with a few absentee ones yet to arrive for prolonging the, um, excitement in seeing who will win that last seat on the Town Council between Dick Cleveland and Ludi Kurz.

HIT: To relatively high turnout during an “off” election year in Eagle County at 38 percent, and Eagle-Vail’s 47 percent.

HIT: To Operation Christmas Child and the churches participating in the annual gift shoebox project to benefit children around the world.

HIT: To I Am Pro Snow expressing support for responsible actions with climate change.

MISS: To municipalities, companies and advocates forgetting that measures such as bans on plastic bags and pretty talk pale to the rather large carbon footprint that ski towns leave by their mere existence, along with jets flying in with people who demand snowmelted streets, sidewalks and driveways, and big homes that stay heated even when no one is around. In short, don’t get too righteous about puny symbolic gestures while trying to ignore elephants.

MISS: To the ugly prospect of more state budget cuts while the economy booms. Irresponsible and selfish voting habits over the years went well beyond responsible and sane limitations on state budget growth. The Gordian knot strung together by TABOR, Amendment 23 and the Gallagher Amendment in particular needs to be cut if it can’t be untied. There are reasonable limits, which only make sense, and there’s insanity.

HIT: To pickleball courts at Golden Peak and the ability of the sport to inspire that absolutely silliest expressions of NIMBYism.

MISS: To the Denver Police for how one of their finest slammed a then-77-year-old blind Vail man on a counter, handcuff him way too tightly and later on release him in the wee hours to Colfax Avenue. Charges they filed against Phillip White were immediately dismissed, mainly because they were so obviously ridiculous. A jury recently found the police officer used excessive force and awarded White $400,000. The police department’s spokesman said they reviewed the case and just couldn’t find anything they did wrong. “We are always looking for ways to improve.” Uh, huh.

HIT: To continuing efforts to make the I-70 trip into and out of the mountains faster and safer.

HIT: To Ridley’s buying the poorly run Bella’s Market in Gypsum and, everyone hopes, restoring it to better days, like when it was Columbine.

MISS: To whatever left the Youth Foundation with a $150,000 shortfall in its budget this year. Between fundraising highlighted by the Star Dancing Gala and being under an arm of the Vail Valley Foundation, how could this even be?

HIT: To the Eagle County School Board and the Eagle County Board of Commissioners coming through with donations to help the Youth Foundation continue its important work for children.

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