Letters to the editor
Don (Rogers), your editorial on the Bubble (Friday, July 16) was off base a bit. This is not just about money. It is about the growing pains our valley-wide community is experiencing and the need for valley-wide solutions.The Bubble was a temporary project, but where did you come up with two years? The current use permit on the golf course driving range has one more year to go, which makes it at least a three-year plan. If we had permanently planted the refrigeration system at the start of the project (astro turf would have covered it during the summer), we would have saved much of the set up and take down costs.Where were your numbers on the geography of our population base when there was talk about building the gymnastics facility? It doesn’t matter. Vail has been the leader in supplying the recreational needs of our community for years. It has only been recently that other groups have been created to bear some of the burden. We are not talking about “a few hockey club parents.” There are several adult hockey programs that are involved. These are the groups that play and then go into Vail for a beer and a burger. The figure skating club is involved. This is the group that brings about 150 families to Vail every July for their annual competition. And there are junior hockey programs involved, some that come up from Eagle to rent ice at the Bubble. All bring families into Vail for tournaments throughout the year.During the past two weeks, a number of interested skating people have been meeting with the VRD to determine just what the actual need for ice time is. One of the challenges we have is that we are working two equations – one for Dobson and one for the Bubble. The Bubble will almost certainly never make financial sense on its own. We need to look at one financial model for ice and include the Bubble and Dobson. If we can’t make Dobson work on its own, then the Bubble will be needed to supply the extra demand for ice time.Too many families now live in one town, work in a different town and play in yet another. Other facilities are coming on line downvalley as the population warrants them. To some extent there is already an informal system working now with the VRD combining efforts with WECMRD and others on recreational programs outside of its district. As you look closer at the Bubble, you can see the need for a comprehensive recreational program for Eagle County.Stephen ConnollyEditor’s note: The editorial position was that the first two years were enough, and the bubble has continued two years too long since then. Liberal tacticsMatt Zalaznick admires Michael Moore. Perhaps because both exaggerate and distort so much. Zalaznick says that “Bush-Cheney and their minions” have “created a new, paranoid atmosphere in America in which those who speak out are not just debated, but defamed, demolished and decapitated.” He offers no examples. Anyone familiar with what is in the media today knows this is just plain false. David Kopel has done a more balanced analysis of Michael Moore’s movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.” It can be found at http://www.i2i.org/. Sandra Donnelly thinks Matt Zalaznick was right on. Her letter was mostly a quotation from the Declaration of Independence, about when it is OK to overthrow the government. Are things really that bad under Bush-Cheney, or is Donnelly also exaggerating? Isn’t all this typical of the left’s rhetoric? They can’t just deal with things as they are. They have to scare people with distortions. They rely on appeals to emotions, not to reason.Talk about the Declaration of Independence – I am reminded of one of its complaints about King George III: “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people and eat out their substance.” Now, who is more likely to do that sort of thing, liberals or conservatives? Terry QuinnChanging partiesNot long ago I asked a friend who was a long-standing Republican to analyze why he chose that affiliation. We’ve known each other forever and we discuss political issues and we generally manage to find the common ground for agreement.I suggested that he make a list of all the various issues that he personally considered to be important, and then objectively decide whether he tended to agree with the Democratic or the Republican position regarding each of them. I knew that among other things, he was a staunch environmentalist, a believer in equal rights for all people, a fiscal conservative and a firm believer in corporate responsibility. I also knew that he very much disliked paying taxes. But in total, I thought that he might be surprised by his own unbiased decisions identifying the party that provided the more acceptable position on each of those issues that he considered to be important. Well, it turned out that neither party had a clear advantage on some of the issues. For example, he judged that both parties merely paid lip service towards fiscal responsibility. But regarding the others, his preferences were dominated by the Democratic positions. He did believe that his tax burden would be less under a Republican administration, but that turned out to be one of the very few issues … in which he preferred the Republican philosophy. So, he will now be inclined to vote for Democrats because he thinks that they would provide us with a better government, while he continues to moan about paying taxes that are “more than his fair share.” David LeVine
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