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J.W. Barnett

OK, I surrender. For many of our fellow Eagle-Vail west-enders, this should ring a bell. Spring has sprung and along with it, a certain fox’s libido. Nine nights now and counting. How do I know? Because I can count the number of hours of sleep I have had over the past nine days on two hands.

Many years ago we were lucky to find a house that bordered the national forest. Through the years we have been fortunate to experience the thrill of watching deer browse on the hillside above the house and watch elk as they cross the hillsides.

We chuckled at the young bear who spent countless hours rocketing down the well-worn gypsum trough on his backside into our back yard only to stop, scramble up the hill and do it again. We have also experienced some tense evenings of dog walking in the fall as local bears came down to raid trash cans. Throughout it all, I never wanted to leave. Now my tune is changing.

Mr. Fox showed up before dawn on Easter morning. Our daughter thought it was the Easter Bunny making all of that racket. I had no idea what the incredibly eerie sound was and I was not too proud to snuggle further down into the covers as my husband (the mighty hunter) went outside to investigate. He came back chuckling. “It’s a fox.”

“Is it hurt?” I asked.

“No, I think he is just looking for love.”

OK, it’s spring, I understand or thought I did. Each night is different. His nocturnal concerts have ranged from two to four “performances” each night, from 30 minutes to an hour, tones from low yips to full-blown arias (sounding somewhat like Igor dragging a few bodies through a crypt). I’m a light sleeper, so just about the time I get back to sleep, he has started back up again. Even with the windows shut and a pillow over my head, his plaintive calls come through. Give it up, get up.

Last night was the worst, over three hours, starting at 10:30 p.m. OK, enough! We are dog-sitting, and so we decide since turning the back porch light on made no difference to this brazen fellow, maybe a dog will have some impact. Out on the porch she goes, a full-grown female chocolate lab, sweet-tempered Jessie. She looks, then sniffs, looks again and “Owooo,” she barks, louder and more ferociously with each breath. Foxie, lying not five feet from the edge of the deck’s rails, looks up. All of a sudden, his ears perk up, tail wags, and as he looks at Jessie, we think we can hear him contemplating: “Hmmm, she looks like a fox, kinda red, bigger than me, but who cares? She is a FEMALE!”

Yikes, Tom and Laurie, hurry back. We will keep Jessie indoors.

J.W. Barnett

New scoreboard

On April 15, a new scoreboard arrived for the Red Sandstone Elementary School’s gymnasium to replace the original 28-year-old gem. This feat would not have been accomplished without a tremendous group effort. Let me start first by thanking the school’s PTA. They conducted a schoolwide penny drive, which started us off by raising over $1,000. To Nancy Ricci, principal, and her outstanding staff, thank you.

Next a huge thank you to David Honda’s Sports Medicine and the Vail Recreation District for their generous contributions.

Finally, we needed individual friends to put us over our goal. Many thanks to each of the following: Michael Boyd, T.J. Conners, Peter Cook, Warren Graboyes, Victoria Graskamp, Julie Hansen, Tina Licciardi, Kent Logan, Alan Mandel and Jason Plante.

To everyone who made this happen, thank you.

Nino Licciardi

Board member

Vail Recreation District


Thank you, Mr. Pope, for your “Cacioppo e-mail” commentary, but you have put the cart before the horse. It’s time to put the Speakout-flier-boycott issue into its proper sequence.

The flier boycotting Speakout and its advertisers was issued by some “mystery people” (a few misguided individuals, as they are being referred to by the press). The boycott flier just shows up in the school district mailroom and gets sent out to district employees. At some point school district management becomes aware of this misuse of taxpayer funds to distribute the flier, and then the violations of the law begin.

The open records law was broken the instant the school district ordered that the flier be destroyed without first publicly disclosing it. The district’s deletion of the five e-mails was secondary to the initial crime of nondisclosure.

Citizens of this county should be asking why this flier was never disclosed to the public and why the school district would order its destruction. Mr. Cacioppo isn’t the only one who should have received an apology from the school district, Mr. Pope. All Speakout advertisers should also have received a written apology, phone call, whatever it took to convince them that the district as a whole had nothing to do with the flier distribution and that the district would do everything humanly possibly to find and punish those that did.

Aggie Chastain


Confusing mix

Immigration law is an extremely confusing mix of laws and regulations that change frequently. Misinformation regarding immigration laws can have devastating effects on the lives of foreign nationals and their families. In a letter to the editor that was published recently, Heather Lemon was incorrect in stating, “You need to have a green card for seven years before you can even apply for citizenship.”

Resident aliens (“green card” holders) who obtained permanent residence based on employment may apply for U.S. citizenship after they have had their green card for four years and nine months. Resident aliens who are married to U.S. citizens and obtained permanent residence based on marriage may apply for citizenship after they have had their green card for two years and nine months.

Chris Pooley

Law Office of Sienna LaRene & Chris Pooley


Mighty Mike

I read (Don Rogers’) comments in today’s paper (April

23) on Mike Cacioppo and felt that it was time to share my thoughts on what Mike means to me. I am sure that he feels that he is a lonely voice in the wilderness who speaks for truth, justice and the American way. I think that he is a misguided fool who suffers from low self-esteem and a need to be noticed in the community.

Over the years Mike has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars trying to prove that he is smart enough to take on anyone that disagrees with his right-wing libertarian drive. That would be bad enough if the only cost of his foolishness was our tax dollars, but it’s not. …

While our school board or county are wasting time dealing with Mighty Mike, they are not dealing with issues in our schools or county. That lack of focus costs everyone, especially our kids. If Mike wants to help our schools, maybe he should run for office and see if the community is interested in following in the direction that he would lead. I would vote for Willard the Rat before I’d vote for Mike.

Mike has no qualms about using the law to make points on procedural issues, but his real agenda is to establish his reputation so that he can bully people. If Mike had his way, public education would be a thing of the past. He stated that position to me during a discussion at my house a few years ago. Mike’s positions are clearly stated in his rag every week and his paranoia shines brightly. If people think that Mike starts these actions because of his deep respect for the law, they might want to check out his views on the Supreme Court, women’s rights, or immigration. His views would set aside the Constitution if he could have his way.

Let me say that I do not agree with those in the valley who pick up Mike’s papers and throw them away. Personally, I like to hawk a big loogie and smear it all over all of the stacks I see. That way I feel that I can spit on Mike, his paper, all of the people who read that garbage and all of his advertisers. Mike’s advertisers are a group that I try hard to avoid shopping with, but that’s just me.

As to your assertion that Mike occasionally gets something right, remember, even a blind squirrel finds some nuts.

Jon Becker


Oh, ignore him

Last Tuesday, the Vail Daily published three opinions on the commentary page. The first was by Richard Carnes, a weekly columnist; the second by John Brendza, superintendent of the Eagle County School District; the third by Steve Pope, publisher of the Vail Daily.

Richard’s column was about a little girl Madison, 3 years old, whose bright smile and care-free words inspired him. The girl is battling a malignant, inoperable tumor and will most likely not have the opportunity grow up and be a contributing citizen in our valley.

The other two opinions concerned Michael Cacioppo and his ongoing feud with the school district. Cacioppo is a wart, something virtually everyone deals with in their lifetime. He is merely a cosmetic inconvenience and like a wart, should be treated similarly – by acid (which seems to be the preferred choice), excision or he could just plain ignored (my choice).

Either way, he occupies a huge amount of air space, paper space, or just plain space. The third choice, to ignore him, would probably be the most effective.

Madison or Cacioppo? Kind of puts things in perspective. Life is just too damn short to spend time worrying about warts.

Carolyn Pope


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