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Earl Eaton

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream!” and we all know from Martin Luther King what a dream can do.

About 60 years ago I had a dream to find and develop a new ski area in Colorado. I started climbing mountains summer and winter looking and dreaming. After a few years I decided the best mountain I had looked at was what I called “that mountain on the west side of Vail Pass.”

So I kept climbing that mountain, summer and winter, looking and dreaming. When I would be on that mountain looking and dreaming I would say to myself, “If I could just get it developed.”

Then one day I was talking to another dreamer like myself by the name of Pete Seibert. I told Pete about that mountain on the west side of Vail Pass and that I thought would make a great ski area. Pete liked what I said and he wanted to see the mountain.

So he went over and climbed to the top of the mountain on skis, looking and dreaming. Pete liked what he saw. Pete had what it took to get some other good people interested.

In a few years we had a ski lift to the top of the mountain. Then we could ride up and ski down. That was a dream come true! Then that mountain on the west side of Vail Pass was named Vail Mountain.

Today that mountain on the west side of Vail Pass is the No. 1 ski area, not just in Colorado, but in North America, just because of a couple of dreamers and a lot of other good people.

That is what a dream can do.

Given today that that mountain on the west side of Vail Pass has not been developed to the full extent of my wildest dreams, and that if and when that happens, that dream mountain may become No. 1 in the world.

Earl Eaton

Eagle

Editor’s note: Eaton, 80, plans to compete in Saturday’s Pete Seibert Vail Mountain Marathon on his ski bike hopes to run the course five times.

Showcasing Vail

Our main goal and objective in producing Spring Back to Vail is to prominently showcase Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail. Conjointly, we are helping to create an event that positions Vail as a world-class resort attracting a diverse group of high-end discerning guests alongside a strong youth market, which is tomorrow’s long-term visitor.

The impetus behind this event, through the collaborative effort of Vail Resorts, Town of Vail, Highline Sports & Entertainment and the event’s many sponsors and supporters, is to provide a fun, safe and exciting platform, which attracts the Vail visitor at a time of year which is notoriously soft for the mountain and the merchants.

James Deighan for

Highline Management

Size matters?

I’m confused and a little upset I have been misled all my life. I have been unaware that there are so many problems with men and their “performance” factor.

“Ask your doctor if Viagra is for you.” How would he know? I have no sexual attraction toward him at all, or him of me.

Cialis, “When the time is right.” The time is always right. Does this mean I need to take this little pill every day?

Or is it every three days because it lasts for 36 hours. My God, what would a man do being in that condition for 36 hours? I personally would have trouble sleeping and I think it would be extremely embarrassing at the grocery store, or church or whatever.

Talk about the power of advertising. It’s making me feel a little inadequate. What was an accidental discovery (Viagra) and would actually benefit those unfortunate enough to need this miracle drug has become a requirement in order to procreate from here on to eternity. At least that is the impression I’ve gotten.

We are inundated with advertising. It’s everywhere: TV, newspapers, Internet, race cars, ball fields, info-mercials. Recently, there have been at least 10 new discoveries, all natural of course, that claim you will be bigger and better than ever before. I wonder what these natural ingredients are. I eat a lot of garlic and I hope garlic is one of them. Maybe I’ve been supplementing myself all along and didn’t even know it.

And what in the world are these “celebs” thinking that become spokesmen for these products? I’d be more impressed and convinced if a doctor or anyone with a laboratory jacket on

assured me it’s painless, harmless and miraculous. I just can’t take Mike Ditka seriously and watching him tout whatever he is trying to sell only forces me into a visual of the locker room and him showering with Dick Butkus. It just doesn’t work.

And then there are the money-back guarantees. Talk about a no-win situation. I can just imagine the guys in the mail room of the warehouse in Jersey you need to send the product back to for your refund. They’re having a good laugh over the questionnaire (and your response is confidential and will not be shared with anyone). It didn’t work and I would like my money back, please check one or more of the following: 1. I broke out in a rash. 2. I never had a chance to use it. 3. I just got out of the pool and it wouldn’t kick in. 4. My partner had a headache. 5. I don’t live near a beach.

I pity the father that needs to explain to his 7-year-old how he will know when he needs help. Maybe we should just incorporate it into school curriculum and have the teachers take care of it.

In all seriousness, though, once again the general public is being played the fool and once again are being told what we need and what is good for us. I for one like me just the way I am and I will continue to eat garlic and hope for the best.

Greg Ziccardi

Vail

Caucuses coming up

Eagle County caucuses are scheduled for Tuesday, April 13. Usually the caucuses are held in neighborhood locations throughout the county. Some are well attended and some are not.

Since this is a particularly important and interesting election year with the presidential race and the Senate race, with a primary in Colorado, we decided to schedule something special.

All the precinct caucuses in the Eagle River Valley will meet at the same location – together at the Chaparral Restaurant at the Cordillera Valley Club House, 101 Legends Drive in Edwards. An optional pre-caucus dinner will be held at 6 p.m. with an election preview, followed by voting at 7.

Voters must qualify and sign in to vote, as in all elections. Participants will divide into precincts and begin their caucus business at 7.

For those wishing to run for delegate to the Democratic National Convention, offer issues for the platform, have a vote in the county and state nominating process, and other matters, you must attend your caucus. Join us for good food and to discuss what is going on politically around the state and the country. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, call Debbie K. Marquez at 926-9096 or Stephen Richards at 328-6287.

Debbie Marquez

Co-chair, Eagle County

Democratic Party

Violating law

Re: The letter to the editor “Many assumptions,” Torres: Ms. Torres makes interesting points. Perhaps she needs to reread the editorial. Marty Lich and I addressed illegal aliens breaking into our country and illegally taking jobs in Vail Valley.

That number of illegals now includes an estimated 2,200 breaking across our borders 24/7. That number adds up to 13 million people who are federal felons within our country. It means they are in violation of the law. This is a country of laws. It’s the only way this society works.

We did not address legal immigrants. Again, it is against federal law to hire an illegal alien. Regardless if illegal aliens are taking jobs reportedly Americans won’t do, it’s still illegal. It’s illegal to be in our country illegally. It is a federal felony to remain here, work here or live here if you did not proceed through lawful channels to gain entry into our country. We celebrate the 1.3 million legal immigrants who come here and they are welcome in Vail Valley.

The fact is, those restaurants that hire illegal aliens are breaking the law. They’re also paying slave wages for maximizing their own profits. They’re paying under the table, and those illegal aliens are not paying taxes. But their kids are going to our schools. It costs us, legal and lawful residents of Colorado, $140.6 million to pay for illegal aliens’ kids in our K-12 annually.

When construction and restaurants hire illegal aliens, they support lawlessness, yet they enjoy a lawful society. That means they don’t mind it when robbers rob some other banks, as long as the robbers don’t

rob their banks. The fact is, when they pay standard wages, Americans WILL do those jobs. I was a ski bum for two years so I know Americans will do those jobs – I did them.

You say we lack facts? It cost Coloradans $140.6 million to educate illegal alien kids last year. Source: Colorado Board of Education. Illegal aliens cost American workers $133 billion in lost jobs and wages in 2003. Source: U.S. Department of Labor. Illegal alien criminals fill 29 percent of our prisons and cost Americans $1 billion annually. Source: U.S. Bureau of Prisons. ESL cost Americans $7.4 billion last year. Source: US Department of Education.

According to M.J. News, March issue, “Silent Predator: Tuberculosis,” 16,000 new cases of MDR tuberculosis (incurable strain) were brought into the United States by unscreened illegal aliens from Mexico since 2000.

According to a New York Times report by Sharon Lerner, 2/20/03, “Leprosy on the Rise in USA,” 7,000 new cases of leprosy have been introduced into the United States via illegal immigration in the past three years. It is now endemic to the East Coast for the first time ever.

How would you like to go to a restaurant where an infected illegal alien coughs, touches or sneezes on your food? It only takes one for you to catch a disease, especially hepatitis.

If you want more facts, my new book will be out in June: “Immigration’s Unarmed Invasion – Deadly Consequences.” You may check on all my sources to make sure my facts are straight.

Remember, illegal is illegal. Legal is legal. Ms. Lich and I wrote about illegal. And our facts are as you requested, straight.

Frosty Wooldridge

Louisville

Few days at hospital

On Monday afternoon, March 29, I decided it was time that I destroy myself in the Vail terrain park so I could spend a few days and nights at the Vail Valley Medical Center. Hospitals to me are like adult films to Jimmy Swaggart – you don’t even go there. Monday i had no choice.

I have been a guy that has definitely had his trips to the ER, each time leaving battered but bandaged. This time was a little different. Long story short, I wrecked pretty bad.

After X-rays, CAT scans, and every other test, I realized I’d be spending a little time in the at the good ol’ medical center, trying to get a punctured and partially collapsed lung back to working order. I was scared out of my mind, and breathing like my lung was half stuffed with socks full of pudding. What a pleasent surprise this neurotic, half wit, hospital phobe had in front of him.

I’ve spent my childhood and adult life in fear of this situation, and was punched in the face with the reality of what a fool I have been.

This letter is to say thank you. I want to thank the Vail Valley Medical Center for my time and my stay. I especially want to that the crew on the second floor of the PCU.

Dr. Reginald “Reg” Franciose, you might have made a clinically insane hospital-hater feel more comfortable than a first-timer does at the Mustang Ranch. Not only are you an honest and great doctor, but you are a guy’s guy, and I’d love to buy you a beer – and get you on a snowboard.

To the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., crew, Dan from Ottowa, Becky-hottie, the other Dan, and anyone i didn’t list by name, you guys rock. I felt like I was at a hotel with friends who just made sure I was cool. The day time crew, Kim and everyone else, you also rule.

I write this letter to to tell, thank, and inform. This is to let anyone with a fear know, don’t lose your junk, the PCU at the Vail Valley Medical Center will make you feel like you’re just chilling with an IV and oxygen.

I can’t thank you enough for the experience I have had. Although I hope I never see any one of you again under those circumstances, if I have to, I hope it can be with all of you. I do hope to see you around, maybe at 7:30 for a drink when the sun is up and you’re all getting off for the night.

Timmy Lewis

Room 216 “Shred Room,” PCU

Vail


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