Letters to the editor
In response to Mr. Zalaznick’s comparison of the Sept. 11th attacks on the U.S. to “having their flag and mountain scenery hijacked in the Wal-Mart parking lot for use as a fluttering bill board.” This is a great example of how out of touch with reality some people in this valley really are. Killing thousands of people is similar to raising a huge American flag proportional to the buildings surrounding it on someone’s own property? Where does this thinking come from? Everyone loves the huge chairlifts and the huge homes, but a large flag is going too far? Matt, if you are going to write a column for the local paper please attempt to at least make objects of comparison within the same universe with each other. You appear to be a fan of Michael Moore and apparently have picked up his habit of spinning things way out of context for the purpose of creating controversy.As far as the poor family that got removed from private property? That’s also part of our great country. Private property! Meaning, if you are on someone else’s private property and they don’t want you there, you must leave. Did you forget that one, Matt? …Kelly ConleyEagleRight 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.”Vote.Sandra DonnellyThey came throughI would like to highly recommend Doctors on Call in Avon to any out-of-towner not sure where to go for immediate, professional attention.(Recently) around 10:30 a.m., I experienced an acute allergic reaction – hives, burning, sweating, inner mouth swelling, etc. Initially I went to a neighboring medical office. I clearly, calmly stated my symptoms and requested immediate assistance, as I had this same reaction just two weeks prior and I knew where it was going. There were two girls behind the desk. The receptionist said perhaps she could work me in at 2 p.m. I explained that I have had this reaction four-five times in my life, and that by 2 p.m. I likely would not be breathing. She said perhaps she could work me in at 1 p.m.I was awed that two grown people working in a medical facility would lack such basic common sense skills. I had heard of Doctors on Call but was unable to locate them. I was ready to call 911 when I learned Doctors on Call was only a block away. With two kids in tow, I walked over. I stated my symptoms and was IMMEDIATELY put in a room by a nurse, immediately assessed by Dr. Guy Kovacevich, and immediately given two injections that fully addressed my symptoms.Doctors on Call responded with nothing less than absolute professionalism on all levels.Had it been my child upon visiting the first facility, I’m afraid the Mama Bear would have come out in me while waiting for a 911 response.Again, a heartfelt thank you to those at Doctors on Call.Susan CalhounTexasQuieter surfaceI have been reading in the Vail Daily the many letters to the editors as well as main line stories concerning the traffic noise on I-70 through the Vail Valley. As a resident, I can certainly attest that this vehicle noise is a major problem affecting a great many people in the area. I have read many proposals that have been put forth, barriers, tunnels, etc., and now lining up truck trailers along I-70 to absorb the noise.I also live in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Arizona Highway Department has been utilizing a new road bed to greatly reduce highway noise on freeway 101, which almost circles Phoenix; and on freeway 51, which cuts through the center of the city. I can attest that driving on this new surface is amazing. I am told it is made up of old tires, glass and asphalt. Depending on the vehicle you’re driving, road noise all but seemingly disappears. The noise difference is dramatic when going from the old regular surface to this new road surface. Hopefully, the Colorado Highway Department has looked into Arizona’s successful experiment and has plans for Colorado utilization. It would be a natural to help solve the Vail Valley noise problem. Certainly the mayors of the communities in the Vail Valley should become aware of this surfacing.Conrad ChristensenAvonChance to serveRotary clubs now present in Vail, Eagle and Edwards bode well for Eagle County, for the main objective of Rotary International is service – in the community and throughout the world. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.”In addition to our newest Rotary club in Edwards, just six weeks ago Pitkin County chartered Club Rotario Roaring Fork, a Spanish-speaking club. As volunteers, members of Rotary plan and complete projects that build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. There are some 1.2 million Rotary members in almost 33,000 clubs in 169 countries.Where does Rotary’s strength come from? We believe in the brotherhood of man. Rotary International itself offers a preview of a world at peace – a world of friendship and tolerance. Clubs are formed without regard to either political or religious affiliation.Paul P. Harris, Rotary’s founder stated, “Rotary … is a way of life … good, natural, wholesome, friendly … . The world is full of potential Rotarians who are not Rotarians in fact … . If you have the love of your fellow men in your hearts, my friends, you are potential Rotarians.”Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India, stated, “No Rotarian whose motto is service above self, I think, should call himself a Rotarian if he does not make time to serve. … If we love, we begin to serve.”Are you interested in belonging to this unique organization? Are you interested in helping to make a difference in our community and communities worldwide? Call 926-6098 for further information.Dr. Edward “Eddie” BlenderEdwards
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