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Letters to the editor

Paula Fothergill and Ken Neubecker

The Eaton Ranch parcel holds the key to a revitalized Eagle River corridor in the upper valley. We have an opportunity to create a substantial greenway along the river from downtown Edwards all the way to and perhaps through the Squaw Creek parcel recently purchased for the Vail Christian High School. Too much of the Eagle River corridor has been crowded with development, destroying vital riparian areas, limiting access and creating direct conduits for damaging pollutants to enter the river.This reach along the river, through the Eaton property, the B&B property and the Brett Ranch subdivision is a prime candidate for stream and riparian restoration. The recently completed Eagle River Inventory and Assessment by CSU and the Eagle River Watershed Council identifies this stretch for a restoration project that could greatly improve miles of the Eagle River. The DOW and Trout Unlimited have also looked at potential restoration work here for a long time. A restored and protected river corridor is immensely important for birds and other wildlife in the area as well. A broad river greenway here would provide much needed access to the Eagle River corridor for recreation. Such an opportunity to create new options for biking, walking and boating, not to mention fishing, is invaluable and almost unprecedented for this part of the valley. Our economy is built on recreation and our closeness to natural surroundings. Providing for this in the heart of our urbanized valley is vital.All of these opportunities dim or are lost completely with large scale riverside development.We should also be concerned with the river corridor further down valley. Right now a long stretch of river corridor is very much threatened by possible development near Eagle. The Red Mountain Ranch development would cover the open fields between I-70 and the river, from Red Canyon all the way to Eagle, with asphalt, unneeded commercial space, including more big box stores, and residential sites. The public might soon lose access to many miles of the Eagle River that we enjoy today through a DOW lease. The land east of Eagle might soon become another Village at Avon, and that’s even more frightening than development of the Eaton Ranch.The county need(ed) to step up and help preserve open space like the Eaton Ranch. Whether it is the entire parcel or the river corridor outside the B&B gravel pit, this is an opportunity that Eagle County simply cannot afford to pass up. The county and all of us need to also think about the lands west of Eaton Ranch, through the extensive wetlands and wide floodplain down to Lake Creek and beyond.We all also need to act for the entire Eagle River corridor and work to protect the river and lands down valley that have not yet been as heavily urbanized as Edwards and Avon. If we wait too long and do nothing we will lose the remaining Eagle River corridor, with little opportunity for redemption in the future as we now have in the Eaton Parcel.Paula Fothergill Ken NeubeckerFerdinand Hayden Chapter of Trout UnlimitedHad to leaveOur family would like to thank the wonderful residents of Eagle and the down valley area. We have fallen on very hard times lately, a lot of it due to the very tough economy here in the valley. Being middle class here is very difficult as it is, and when you lose your jobs, you lose period. Time to give up, surrender and leave. Because of our situation, the townsfolk held a chili cook-off for us at the Brush Creek Saloon recently to raise money for us to move out of state. I have never been the recipient of such generosity and love, and we cannot thank all of you enough.I have been waitressing and tending bar in Eagle for six years and wouldn’t trade the relationships I’ve developed for anything. The best people in the valley are down here. (Except for you Michele and D!) Also, we would like to thank the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gypsum and its wonderful members whom without our children would not have had a Christmas. Your love and prayers and generosity have truly saved us and this ward will always be ours no matter where we go. All of you wonderful people will go with us to our new home, in our hearts forever. We will miss you all so much, and are forever grateful to have such wonderful friends. We only hope that we will be so lucky as to find people such as yourselves in Oregon, and hope we can help someone else someday as you all have helped us. There are definitely some true blue people left in this valley if you look in the right places. God bless you all!Dori and Dave HubbardTelling other sideHaving talked personally with Dana Brosig upon her return from Iraq and then followed with great interest Cliff Thompson’s interview with her, I am delighted that finally there is a glimmer of hope that the news media in the United States will begin to focus on what is clearly a preponderance of good news about the situation Iraq.It took several hundred years of massive conflict in the United States for true democracy to emerge: from our own bloody revolution from tyranny in the later part of the 18th century, followed a few decades later by the War of 1812, the Civil War in the 1860s and many more decades of trial and error and civil strife. To think that democracy will emerge and prevail overnight in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East without a considerable amount of in-fighting and bloodshed is a pipe dream. But democracy will prevail, for the human condition demands it, and tyranny worldwide will eventually be defeated by the powerful combined forces of right and might.I have grown weary of and am disgusted by the steady diet of bad news and whining the phony mavens of misery in New York and Hollywood who pull the “news-entertainment” levers endeavor to push down our throats each and every day. These men and women are the real bad guys, and in their quest for obscene profits have figured out that bad news and violence draws the audiences required to see the adds for the many dreadful products most of us really do not need or want. The products that apparently sell for the ads continue, and the masses continue to stream into the movie theaters in droves to cheer the make-believe violence, apparently oblivious to the great damage these mediums (television and the movies) are doing to the worldwide reputation of the United States and the collective impression of its people. Dana’s account of her experiences in Iraq was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise very polluted atmosphere. This reader thanks you and appreciates your giving her story such prominence.Peter BerghEdwardsVail, Colorado

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