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Letters to the Editor

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Vail CO, Colorado

Speak up, officials

It is outrageous our elected government has attacked another nation without legitimate provocation. It is something we should all be ashamed of. Please do something. I know it’s hard to speak up while in office, but that’s why we elected you.

Paul McGowan


EPA and Ginn

As an assistant regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the region that includes Colorado and the Vail Valley, I am proud of EPA’s leadership in cleaning up the Eagle Mine, just outside of Minturn. For more than two decades, EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have worked closely with other agencies, organizations and citizens to protect human health and the environment from heavy metals left behind in the soil and water at the defunct Eagle Mine.

Significant cleanup activities have been completed at the Eagle Mine site, with the understanding that some contamination, while controlled, remains. Ginn Co., a Florida-based development company, has now purchased the Eagle Mine property and is interested in transforming a portion of it into a residential ski and golf community. This proposed development will require further cleanup at the property.

A recent article in the Vail Daily attributed a federal official as saying that EPA disapproves of the proposed Ginn golf course plan. This is an incorrect statement, and I want to take this opportunity to clarify our role. There are many places around the country where contaminated property has been cleaned up by EPA in a way that allows property to be reused and redeveloped safely. EPA’s primary role is to ensure that our already-completed remedy at the Eagle Mine site continues to protect human health and the environment over the long term, and is not adversely impacted by development. To achieve this goal, EPA has been and will continue to work closely with all interested stakeholders and will provide adequate oversight so that the Eagle Mine property continues to be protective both of future users and of environmental resources.

As this process moves forward, EPA will be seeking input from the public regarding the cleanup plan that the developer will be required to follow if the proposed development proceeds. EPA and the state of Colorado will oversee all cleanup work performed by Ginn, and all interested parties can be assured that the work will be complete and protective of future users of the property.

Carol Rushin

Assistant Regional


Office of Ecosystems

Protection and


EPA, Region 8

Whose majority?

Webster defines democracy as government by the people; especially rule of the majority.

The majority of the voters in Eagle County made it clear in the November election that they did not support taxing themselves for child care, yet our commissioners ignored the majority and voted on April 24 to fund child care with your tax dollars.

They based their vote on a few bleeding hearts who were mostly invited to speak, rather than following the wishes of the majority who said no.

Perhaps the present commissioners spent too much time in child care and never learned what no means?

Life is about choices from the time you are a small child.

As adults you can choose to move here and live within your means, or you can choose to live elsewhere.

You can choose the course of your life and many great folks who have accomplished much came from poor homes and overcame many obstacles without a government handout.

Passing out more welfare will just create more welfare leaches and another New Orleans.

It takes love and family to raise a child, not the government.

It’s been said that behind every great man is a great woman and I don’t believe they were referring to Kathleen Forinash and her social programs.

In Eagle County you have the choice to give your whole life to making the county a great community but when you get to the point in life where you need a little assistance to take care of yourself, you don’t have a choice.

You need to move to another county that cares for the elderly because in Eagle County our government is too busy supporting the illegal immigrants.

It was sad to listen to our commissioners justify their reason for voting to spend your tax dollars.

Peter Runyon said there were 7,500 people who voted against child care and 5,500 who supported it, but in the 7,500 who voted no he speculates that there were 2,500 who wanted to help take care of children but did not want to be taxed to do it. So he moved them over to the losers and made the minority the winners.

He thinks Eagle County is a rich, rich county with an enormous amount of wealth.

Maybe we should cut taxes so these people can afford their own child care.

Based on Peter’s thinking, I am sure there are many folks who voted for him, but now would not support him, so let’s just move those over to the other side and move Peter out along with Arn.

I will give him credit for suggesting that funds not be approved until the community match money was raised.

Menconi ignored that suggestion saying they would just spend the county reserve funds if the community did not contribute. Menconi was arrogant enough to suggest that he was elected twice so it did not matter that the voters said no.

Because Menconi supports this program, now he thinks the community believes in taking care of children.

Responsible parents believe in taking care of their own children.

Possibly Menconi and the others will believe in democracy when the majority of the voters vote to recall him.

I certainly will vote for it.

Mike Lederhause


Eagle wildlife support

Wow, the response to the Eagle Valley Habitat for Wildlife Web site, http://www.evhfw.org, has been nothing short of astounding!

Hundreds of people have heard our request for support in our effort to preserve wildlife habitat in the Brush Creek Valley, and we can’t say enough how much we appreciate this endorsement from so many people.

This is the beginning of a monumental undertaking that only a few years ago would have been impossible for more than a few reasons. Today, we feel there is hope for success based on one major difference, and it comes from all of us, the people who care about the future of Eagle and the Brush Creek Valley.

During the process of updating the Eagle Area Community Plan it has become evident that the most important issues for people in the area are protecting our quality of life as we know it today, preserving our small town character, and protecting our precious natural resources. There is a groundswell of support on these issues, and as all of us can attest, the talk all around town is, “Where in the world is our wonderful town headed?”

Had it not been for the tremendous show of support at the first open house with the Citizen’s Committee to Update the Eagle Area Community Plan, we would probably be sitting and waiting for yet another developer to appear before our local governments with their plans to alter forever our beautiful places.

But encouraged that so many people share our concerns for the over 600 elk that winter on Brush Creek, we are moving forward to secure open space where all wildlife can share a place to exist in this rapidly growing valley.

But we very much need everyone’s help again.

On Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion, the same Citizen’s Committee will hold the second public input meeting.

It is imperative that we all are there to once again reiterate our stand to preserve Eagle’s way of life, the Brush Creek environs, and send the message to the Town of Eagle’s planning department that we remain completely committed to those goals.

The new Eagle Area Community Plan, due to be completed late this summer, will hold the key to all of our futures.

We saw about 150 people turn out for the first incredibly successful meeting and we hope to see everyone back on May 23, plus many, many more.

The town heard loud and clear from the 10,000 comments received, the desires of so many to preserve and protect our area from over-development.

Let’s keep up the momentum, and we look forward to seeing you May 23!

And if you haven’t added your name to our letter of support, please visit our Web site, http://www.evhfw.org, and add your name to the still growing list.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our two excellent photographers, Wendy Griffith and Mike Crabtree for donating the use of their incredible wildlife photography, and to Dave Bishop of Bishop WebWorks in Edwards, our Web site builder.

Rosie Shearwood

Debbie Comerford

Eagle Valley

Habitat for Wildlife

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