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Will JarrettEagle County

I have been reading the Vail Daily for several years. As a former executive editor and newspaper owner, I was impressed with the coverage, especially the sober and accurate reporting of the Kobe Bryant case by Randy Wyrick. Your staff did a much more responsible job dealing with the delicate matters of the alleged rape than any other news outlet in the country. (I scanned the Internet and read what the large metros were reporting).But this summer something has happened to your local coverage that raises some questions in my mind. I believe Matt Zalaznick’s (recent) column provided me with some answers.Going back to the coverage of the flag controversy, I thought the angle of the Dandy family being “hounded and chased” out of the parking lot was over the top and overplayed at the top of the front page.Then there were all the insinuations that the huge American flag was being used for advertising purposes. Well, if that’s un-American, I would direct you and your publisher to the prolific use of the American flag in numerous advertisements inside the Vail Daily and on the slick jacket containing all the advertisements inside that had some combination of the Stars and Stripes. Why is this permissible for the Vail Daily and not for Mr. Magnus Lindholm (a man I’ve never met)?Mr. Wyrick even used Uncle Sam to promote his photo hunt. I don’t object to that but find some hypocrisy in the whole matter.Anyway, Mr. Zalaznick’s column “outed” himself. Far from being a detached professional city editor, he goes on a rant about “Fahrenheit 9/ll”exposing Bush and his war cabinet. He continues on about how some patriotism “smothers everything around it.” He fawns all over Michael Moore and the Dandy family. This clearly is his First Amendment right, but he exposes his biases and compromises his alleged non-partisanship as a journalist who is responsible for covering an entire community, not just those who agree with him and Michael Moore.Mr. Zalaznick, in his column, saves his worst for the last paragraph:”They’ve (Bush-Cheney and minions) created a new paranoid atmosphere in America in which those who speak out are not just debated, but defamed, demolished and decapitated.”No, Mr. Rogers and Mr. Zalaznick, this is sick writing. Those who are being decapitated are Americans Mr. Berg and Mr. Johnson by the terrorists in the Middle East. We readers who have been puzzled by the new direction of the Vail Daily now have been exposed to the mind of Mr. Zalaznick and know the answer.Will Jarrett Right on(Matt Zalaznick’s) commentary on the ugly era in America is right on. It is good to know someone in the local press feels secure enough to voice these comments. I sent a message to several people today who had similar thoughts and it is below. I think everyone needs to read that, and the Constitution and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address AND THEN MAKE SURE THEY VOTE IN NOVEMBER!From The Declaration of Independence:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.VoteSandra DonnellyEdwards’ ‘common’The article by Tamara Miller in (last) Sunday’s paper was for the most part a good summation of the current status of the “gravel pit land” in Edwards. However, I feel that a bit of clarification is in order.Indeed I “circulated” a petition at one, but only one, Homestead owners meeting which, significantly, was signed by all 25 people in attendance. I then presented it to Rick Hermes so that he would understand the extent of community resistance he was likely to face during the future upzoning process. My concern arose when I discovered that Mr. Hermes had requested 321,000 gallons of water per day from the Upper Eagle Water Authority for his pending development. That’s a lot of toilets flushing.If you will check that petition you will find the phrase “… we wish to include, as a part of any such development, some community centered facilities such as a river front park, a bike path, an art center, a university satellite campus (there has been some interest shown by Stanford University) and open space.” I point this out to refute the implication in the article that I’m only in favor of open space.It is my firm belief that this piece of land offers a unique opportunity to create a true center to the Edwards area. Under normal development patterns, this land would have been the first to be developed, but because of the existence of the gravel pit and the wisdom of the owner, Bruce Eaton, it was held back. We now have the opportunity to create a “common” in the center of the town around which everything else radiates. This “common” will be focus that will bring us together as a community.Finally, it should be noted that if Mr. Hermes decides release his option on the property, there is a group of local leaders and organizations ready to step in and form a coalition to implement what I have outlined above and which the citizens of Eagle County seem to favor.Peter RunyonCandidate for Eagle County CommissionerReal STARSThe Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek would like to express our sincere thanks to Tony Mauro and the entire KZYR staff for bringing in the Crash Test Dummies for an amazing acoustic performance on July 12! The evening raised more than $3,500 for our STARS program (Support The Arts Reaching Students) that benefits Eagle County school children.Through STARS, the Vilar Center provides free transportation and tickets to between 3,000-5,000 students each year for daytime performances and in-school workshops. This series was developed to promote artistic and cultural expression in youths through early exposure to live performing arts. Without generous contributions like this from our community, programs like STARS would cease to exist.We would also like to thank the Crash Test Dummies for their excellent acoustic tour and everyone who came out for the concert and supported STARS through the purchase of their tickets.Vilar Center Staff