Letters to the editor
Hi Vail Valley, excuse me, Eagle Valley. My name is Nick Moran. I’m from Austin, Texas. Now before I try to go and make friends here, I would like to say what I like about your valley, and it truly is yours, all yours and nobody else’s. First, I love the prices. I mean who wouldn’t want to pay 50 cents more per gallon of gas than in Denver? The way I figure it, this keeps me at home more and also promotes walking (but only on designated trails of course; leave no trace!). Second, the food is great, but where do you get a decent chicken fried steak around here? I hear Denny’s is um um good. Also, the road noise is mesmerizing. Nothing gets me to sleep like the jake brakes of a big rig blaring to a stop with a load of fine pinot noir from Oregon. I want to tell you a story, ok here it goes. I called my mom the other day to tell her about our, I mean your, big problem. She said, “Was somebody murdered?” I said, “No.” She said, “Did someone break into your car again and steal your CD player and your brand new King Cobra driver?” I said, “No, it’s far worse, Mom. Magnus has erected a huge pole in front of the gigantic boxes and rumor has it they’re going to put a flag on it.” “Oh, the humanity!” she bellowed over the phone, deafening my ear. “Calm down, Mom,” I said. I then began to console her by asking her if she remembered the tornadoes that ravaged central Texas, killing hundreds of sheep and chickens and leveling numerous trailer homes. I also mentioned the 93 consecutive days of over 100-degree temperature we had last year. (We call it the hotter than nine foot up a bull’s rear year.) I kept on comforting to no avail. Finally, she calmed down after I talked about the mosquitoes that could stand flat-footed and make love to a turkey. “Damn,” she said, “I did hate those Texas mosquitoes.” “See, Mom,” I said, “life is not so bad here in the Vail-Eagle-Gypsum-Minturn-Dowd Junction Valley. If we stand together and confront these problems as a team, we can finally enjoy our (I mean your) valley. Only our solidarity can overcome road noise so we can look to the future when a tunnel runs from East Vail to Gypsum, keeping those annoying 18-wheelers out of sight and out of earshot. Only our camaraderie and unity can triumph over large corporations taking over the valley, so we can look to a day when we can spend $5 on a package of brats at the town market instead of $2.99 at the enormous box. And only our shared aim and tender compassion towards all can keep everyone out of my valley and bring down the big damn flagpole that has ruined all of our lives.”In conclusion, I encourage all of you selling your homes and leaving this decimated valley to first take a trip to Texas. Melt in the sun, get ravaged by big box-sized mosquitoes, and eat a good chicken fried steak. Wait a minute, don’t eat there or you will want to stay. After this trip you might decide to postpone your move from the valley and stay awhile. Nick MoranVailAlpine GardensAs we begin our 18th year at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to remind our stalwart volunteers and inform our new friends of the fascinating history of the gardens.Marty Jones, the owner of the Wildflower Farm in Edwards, literally planted the seed in Helen Fritch’s ear that Vail was an ideal spot for an alpine garden. When June Simonton heard about the idea, she proposed Ford Park as the site, and the garden was included in the Ford Park Master Plan. By mid-September of 1986, the Vail Alpine Garden had over 100 members. In March 1988 the board of directors named the Alpine Garden in honor of Betty Ford “in appreciation for her many contributions to the Vail community.” In the spring of 1988 Mrs. Ford turned the first shovel of dirt for the mountain perennial garden. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens was formally dedicated on Aug. 11, 1989. A grand celebration followed with President and Mrs. Ford, board members, guests from Denver Botanic Gardens, Vail Valley Foundation, town of Vail, and many donors and volunteers in attendance.The schoolhouse was given to the town of Vail by Edith McLeod in memory of her husband, George, and son, Tracy, who were killed in a tragic auto accident. The Eagle County Historical Society moved the schoolhouse to Ford Park in the early 1980s.The Schoolhouse Museum and Gift Shop has been a charming addition and a source of interest where visitors can relive the history of the Vail Valley through old photographs.As the years passed, the building continued garden by garden as funds were raised. We now have six glorious gardens: Alpine, Rock, Alpine Tundra, Mountain Meditation, Mountain Perennial, Historic Schoolhouse, and, most recently, the Children’s Garden. Plans are in the early stages for an International Garden, as well.Over the years there have been numerous prestigious awards. 1996: Selected for an American Horticultural Society Award as one of the top 75 places to visit. 1997: Denver Botanic Gardens honored Helen Fritch with its Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticulture. 1998: The town of Vail bestowed the Mauri Nottingham Environmental Award on the Gardens, citing the work of Nicola Ripley, our Director of Horticulture, in the community Greenstar program, her xeriscape seminars and Adopt A Rare Plant Program.The gardens now boast over 50,000 visitors each summer. Along with being a lovely venue for weddings and celebrations, it is a place to relax, de-stress and meditate. It is also a place for learning about the native plants of Colorado and the fragile alpine ecosystem, and to educate children about the wonder of the natural world. It is a place to remember and be remembered.I hope you enjoyed our stroll down memory lane. Please join us as a member or volunteer. We need your support whether it is working in the gardens, selling in the Schoolhouse Gift Shop, giving tours as a docent, or working on one of our committees or special events.For information on programs, events and tours, please call 476-0103. See you in the gardens!June VanourekPresidentBetty Ford Alpine GardensHeaded homeAfter spending five years and 14,000 miles walking around the globe through 22 countries, Polly Letofsky will be completing her journey on Friday, July 30, when she spends the momentous day with friends walking down from Vail Pass along the recreation path and through Vail Village and Lionshead.She will be the first American woman to have completed a global walk and in doing so with the purpose of raising the awareness of breast cancer.Friends of Polly are organizing a homecoming parade from Ford Park through Vail Village and on to Lionshead, finishing at Billy’s Island Grill around 3:30 p.m.We would like our community to join her as she completes the final mile of her 14,000-mile adventure. Those interested may join the procession at the International Bridge in Vail Village at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30. We are also seeking sponsors for the reception at Billy’s.For further information, please contact Bob Moroney at 845-5657.Bob MoroneyAsinine warIn response to Mr. Steven Lee and his letter entitled “Anything but facts,” Mr. Steven asserts at the end of his letter that he “hopes that anyone that sees this movie will check out the assertions for themselves and not just believe more propaganda from Michael Moore.”I saw this movie one time last Sunday. I recall Michael Moore saying that George Bush was told about the situation five or six minutes after the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. The plane hit the north tower at 8:46 a.m. That would be 8:51 or 8:52 AM when Mr. Bush was told about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. He decided to continue with his children’s book reading anyway and was told almost immediately at 9:02 a.m. about the second plane hitting the south tower. According to Michael Moore, Mr. Bush sat there looking stupid for seven minutes.I also recall that Michael Moore mentioned that there was one congressman with a child serving in Iraq.It was obvious to me before I saw Michael Moore’s movie that George Bush was lying about the “facts” that led our country to war. He told everyone in his State of the Union address that there was a deal between Iraq and some African country that would allow Iraq to obtain nuclear materials for a bomb. This was an outright lie that he blamed on bad intelligence. This is but one lie among many. Mr. Bush should be held personally responsible for anything that comes out of his mouth. It is obvious that Iraq was-is not a serious threat to our nation. I feel sorry for all the people that have died and have been crippled due to George Bush’s asinine war. He should be ashamed of himself and all the people that enabled him to go to war should be ashamed of themselves, too. Bill MontagAvon
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