Letters to the Editor
Vail CO, Colorado
All the details of the recent tragic death of two innocent teenagers are not yet known, but I feel much blame can be placed on the decision to initiate a high-speed chase.
The apparently guilty driver was obviously a hazard to anyone on the road, but as his identity and past behavior was known, what possibly was to be gained by the high-speed pursuit? Pushing the suspected impaired driver to drive faster? Would it not have been smarter to pick him up later?
Even in hindsight, I doubt the results could have been any worse.
Regrettably, this scenario throughout the U.S.A. is not unusual as the number of lives lost and serious injuries occurring annually as the result of high-speed chases, often initiated for minor vehicle offenses, are shocking. Yet rarely are the authorities or their pursuit policies faulted, much less penalized or revised, and they should be.
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There are proven better ways to more safely enforce our laws, and in this regard to make “Protect and Serve” more than a slogan, it will take a concerted public outcry to change intrenched policies and sometimes “macho” attitudes regarding when to initiate and when to terminate high-speed pursuit.
Edward J. Powers
Not just numbers
Condoleezza Rice (who has sacrificed nothing) recently informed us that getting rid of Saddam Hussein “was worth the sacrifice.”
Although it has now been more than 1,450 days since he stood on the deck of the aircraft carrier and proclaimed “Mission Accomplished,” George Bush just continues to tell us that we must be patient.
Do either of them fully understand that 3,250 deaths is not just a number?
They are 3,250 Americans who will never go home to their families! And 20,000 wounded is not just a number! They are 20,000 Americans, many of whom can no longer see their wives, or walk to the front door, or pick up their children.
Worth the sacrifice? Be patient? Where are these people coming from?
David Le Vine
No more jobs
I was reading the paper a few days ago and thought how great that the developers of the new parking structure in Lionshead were looking out for us by creating at least 750 new jobs.
Why hasn’t anyone else in our community thought of this great concept until now? Because, as we are all fully aware, there is an overwhelming abundance of employees here in the Vail Valley who are beating down our doors for jobs.
Also, these prospective employees are so happy to be here because of the abundance of low-cost housing and an affordable lifestyle.
And another developer promises to offer almost 1,800 new jobs with a new proposed retail complex in Eagle.
Three is better
No does mean no, yet here we go again. I voted against home rule the first time and I will vote against it again. Below are my reasons.
Having five commissioners adds significantly to the bureaucracy. It will slow down decision making, make it more difficult to get a clear direction for the county and it will increase the “pork barrel” projects in the county.
In the process of reaching a consensus, the parties involved generally have to make concessions (oftentimes, implied concessions) to other parties to obtain support for a project or idea. “If you support my deal, then I will support your deal.” This goes on in the U.S. Congress every day and adds billions to the U.S. government expenditures. Many pet projects will not necessarily be in the best interest of the county.
The time and money to educate (bring up to speed, if you prefer) five commissioners will increase significantly.
Many of the subjects the commissioners must deal with are extremely complex, and therefore, considerable education on subjects is required. This is going to cost the Eagle County staff considerable time and money.
The cost of this work has not been identified, but it is not trivial and will certainly increase over the years. If the education does not take place, then the county will end up with more bad legislation.
Beyond the county staff, consider the work required by folks partitioning the county for an action. The applicants now have to concern themselves with lobbying (educating) five people rather than three. Regardless of the subject this places a much bigger burden on all applicants.
Finally, having the commissioners selected through the political party system is wrong at the county level. We want the best candidates to run, not the candidate who has the best political connections.
Since the home rule committee did not accept “no” then please consider the above and be sure to vote “no” this second time around.