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Vail CO, Colorado

Now I get it

Matt Zalaznick,

After all the inaccurate, poorly written diatribes, I finally get it. You are right! Let’s pull all of our military and civilian personnel out of every country around the world and bring them all home. W.’s scam of a war was just that. A scam. We are not fighting for the freedom of those oppressed, we are just imperialists after more oil.

Forget Afghanistan, let the women go back to the second century. Forget Iraq, bring back some of the good old ruling power. Let Russia and its benign Prime Minister with the KGB background use his chemicals of choice with reporters who write the truth so so we can have the great USSR again.

Hell, let Iran develop the bomb and trade with Korea for more advanced ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) so they can knock out any country they want to, including the U.S.A. under W. and Darth Cheney.

According to the Defense Department’s annual “Base Structure Report” for fiscal year 2003 (the latest information I could find), which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and has another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories.

The military high command deploys to our overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. All this before the recent surge in deployment in Iraq.

We need these folks to help build a fence around the U.S. stretching from Canada to Mexico. Once we are truly isolated then the real fun can begin. If you, in your demented view of the future, believe that once we leave the radical islamists will give up their dream of forcing their religious views on the world, then you, your wife and newborn daughter are in grave danger. There will be another Sept. 11 but not in New York or Chicago, but in some shopping mall or football stadium in East Podunk. This will remind us that they (whoever they may be) can get us anywhere, now that we are a huddled masses isolated from the rest of the world hiding behind our fenced-in country.

Time to leave, because if your views are ever shared by whatever administration, Republican or Democrat, we are up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

Shame on you for continuing to foster the left-wing view that you so soundly embrace.

Arthur Blank II

Avon

A few complaints

I have always been a firm advocate of the old saw, “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than open it and remove all doubt.” Having said that, please indulge a few ramblings from a local of 30 years.

Overall the Vail Daily sports section seems to do a good job covering local sports.

However, the absence of coverage of the college hockey careers of local brothers John Paul and Mike Testwuide has been a glaring omission.

The Testwuide boys, sons of Paul and Janet ” who are two of the many incredible people who have made Vail what it is ” were born and raised in Vail, went through the Vail Junior Hockey program that was created 30 years ago by Vail Youth Hockey guru Merv Lapin, and have both gone on the play Division I college hockey, in-state.

John Paul is a sophomore at the University of Denver and Mike is a freshman at Colorado College. Both are significant contributors to their respective teams.

Last weekend (March 2 and 3) was the two-game series of the season between the two teams (the winner of the four-game series is awarded the Gold Pan Cup). It was brother against brother, battling in the corners, in front of the net. Shots … blocks … checks. Great hockey. Great story.

Result? Testwuides, 2 ” Vail Daily, 0.

Both players are currently in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, which hopefully will result in an invitation to the NCAA playoffs and ultimately the Frozen Four – the Final Four of college hockey. DU has won the Division 1 Hockey National Championship seven times, most recently, back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.

Moving on. The scale of the Avarice project ” oops, I mean the Arabelle project ” relative to the rest of Lionshead is obscene. We were all asleep at the wheel on that one. New York City is making over Vail.

Progress is inevitable, but for many of the people who made this town, the direction Vail is headed is not what brought us here and kept us here.

And finally, with all the grand plans for the Lionshead parking structure and West Lionshead parking structures being bandied about, I think I missed something.

Based on the number of cars parked on the South Frontage Road from East Vail to West Vail last Saturday (March 3) how many new structures are going to be built?

I’m no math major, but if the Town of Vail is serious about getting the cars off the Frontage Road now, and into the future, it appears that any plan currently being considered is grossly inadequate.

Thank you for your time.

I’m out.

Snowden Smith

Check your tires

Having been on the highway recently during some particularly wicked and icy conditions, I would like to comment on the topic of driving safety.

We have a rather overzealous contingent of state patrol officers who appear to think that speed is the sole determinant of safety.

As I was at the top of Vail Pass last Wednesday evening on a 20-minute trip that took two hours, I saw drivers hit their brakes going 5 miles an hour and then go into an uncontrolled slide.

I don’t think that was because they were traveling too fast for conditions. It was because their vehicles were equipped with bald tires. Apparently the pass was backed up because of a multiple-vehicle accident close to the East Vail exit.

There are so many factors other than absolute speed that contribute to safety during our winter conditions. Condition of your vehicle and tires is right up there.

Driver education, especially “on snow” driver education, is even more important.

I would love to see the Colorado State Patrol focus on helping people learn how to drive and how to keep up their vehicles so that they are safer in the snow.

Instead, they line I-70 like a parking lot giving out speeding tickets to anyone who dares exceed the speed limit. On an average trip from Eagle to Vail, one can see between three and five local and state patrol cars giving out speeding tickets.

Isn’t it time that the real issues underlying safety are addressed? We live in one of the most dangerous places to drive in the country.

Let’s really try to make it safer to drive here, not just collect revenue for the State Patrol.

If you get a chance, try to go to the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs with your teenage drivers. You will help them avoid their next accident, and possibly save their lives.

Take your car to your mechanic or the local tire shops and get really good snow tires. They, too, could save your life.

Finally, be careful out there.

Donna Spinelli

Eagle


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