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Letter: Vail doesn’t need no stinking wildlife

I don’t know what all the fuss is over protecting the animals or land in the Vail Valley. Vail doesn’t need bighorn sheep or elk, moose, mountain lions or bears — those animals are reserved for other resort communities like Jackson, Aspen or Telluride. I say if there’s a piece of land that we can build something on, build it, build it, build it. I mean, really, why would we want open space — other than to protect the animals (they aren’t providing any revenue) and car-free roads? That’s just unAmerican. 

I think that we should work on resembling the Front Range as closely as possible. Luckily we have commissioners, mayors and town managers throughout the valley that agree. I mean, let’s put fences at the dog park, shoot let’s put fences around all of our houses, and let’s make every community gated. Let’s crush the spirit of those that have been here 20, 30, 40 years and make this place as populated and commercialized as possible.

No, it’s not April Fools Day, though I wish this letter was an April Fools Joke. Unfortunately, this is becoming the reality of our valley. Yes, there are problems in our valley, but pushing everything most of us came here for out just doesn’t make sense. What will the Vail Valley be with 200,000 people? I hope I’m not here to see it and find out.

Joe Shankland


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