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Annah Scully

The Vail Performing Arts Academy wishes to recognize those who made the Turn The Tide Review, a fund-raiser Jan. 15 to benefit the tsunami relief effort, a stunning success and wonderful demonstration of the compassion and generosity our community generates. “Turn The Tide” exceeded all expectations and raised $6,000, all which will be added into the Eagle County Super Bowl of Giving for the American Red Cross Tsunami Fund.VPAA Director Colin Meiring, like the rest of us, watched the aftermath of the devastation that occurred Dec. 26 and felt consumed with feelings of despair and hopelessness. He called me and expressed his great desire to do something to help using what we in this community have in abundance – talent and compassion. In a flash, VPAA Director Beth Swearingen and I, along with Colin, we’re on a mission to create a show that would showcase our local students of the arts and dance, as well as give local pros a chance to do what they do best for the cause. We were faced with the daunting task of putting this all together within less than a week. Given the nature of our community, we were confident we could pull it off. Sure enough, obstacles began to melt away as Vail Mountain School’s headmaster, Peter Abussi, and VMS Performing Arts Director Don Watson offered the use of their new state-of-the-art stage and their services. Forty students, ages 8 to 18, from The Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Advanced Jazz students from the Vail Valley Academy of Dance willingly gave up their Saturday to rehearse and perform. Local professionals and many volunteers enthusiastically jumped on board. The Vail Daily, always a tremendous supporter of community causes, readily got the word the out with terrific promotion. Tony Mauro and KZYR helped with radio spots. Patti, Roger, Riley and Sean Pack took care of last minute details, and when the doors of the theater opened last Saturday, the show was set and ready without a hitch.Parent volunteers helped collect donations and the house filled with locals and visitors from all ends of the valley. The curtain opened and a high-energy, delightful showcase of acts ensued. The dynamic student performers who truly earned their ovations included:Molly Allard, Remsen Allard, Brea Barker, Roseanna Bitetto, Ande Brill, Pearl Burkham, Elle Cahill, Alex Cooper, Jessie Cooper, Joey Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Alexa Corcoran, Tara Dalbow, Trevor Davidson, Ian Dunlevie, Jake Dutmer, Elle Friedman, Sophie Friedman, Nikki Frye, Kira Geddes, Miles Gordon, Ansley Jones, Annabelle Kinney, Jillian Kiss, Kate Manley, Lindsay Olin, Sean Pack, Mara Pfineisle, Maria Scully, Jamie Simmonds, Meredith Steinke, Sara Stookey, Beckha Stough, Kayla Strahan, Josie Sutner, Aaron Szindler, Emma Szindler, Haley Vest, Jonathan Windham. The local entertainers that graciously offered their remarkable talent included: Don Watson, Beth Swearingen, Colin Meiring, Mickey Poage, Maxine Graboyes, Kathy Morrow, Phil Long.The ultimate highlight of the evening was the extraordinary compassion reflected in the donations from those who attended. Because of profound gestures such as these, we can be assured that hope is alive. Thank you to all who made “Turn The Tide” possible, and please continue to support the noble efforts to heal this global catastrophe.Annah ScullyExecutive ProducerVail Performing Arts AcademyRose-colored glassesOne usually assumes that the physical phenomena known as light is actually the absence of darkness. To appreciate that the molecules of our atmosphere vibrate at the speed of light, we look at the rainbow and we are told of varying rates of speed of the suns light at different air densities, providing the different colors of the visible spectrum. We learn about sunrise and sunset colors of beauty by diffraction of light rays through varying densities of air depending upon the distance and varying air density with altitude, and humidity as a barometric function of moisture saturation varying with temperature.We control our vision with eyeglasses in assorted hues and physically controlled optical transmission properties, something popularly known as polarization, or light waves passed in two dimensions instead of three.”Rose-colored glasses” is a euphemism for those optimistically gifted to see the brighter side of life. Open space issues appear to be a polarizing topic that minimizes our vision in one or two of our several decision-making dimensions.Extrinsic values of the Eagle County Master Plan and Economic Development clash with the intrinsic values of the beauty of open space.Why should either vantage be enjoyed by the intellectual pursuit of purpose?Then we engage the county master plan with subsequent infrastructure development costs associated with a planned unit development.Observing that no new pristine riparian areas are currently being developed (only the slightly-raped areas remain to be reclaimed), it may be slightly ludicrous to debate an open space easement decision regardless of the political bickering over finances.The next question to be raised might be if there is any other viable proposal to enhance the quality of the Edwards to Lake Creek geography. I think not.Steve ZorichakVailSomething in waterThe full measure of the mentally debilitating effects of mag chloride in Eagle County’s drinking water supply are now as clear as the stuff coming out of your tap. And you thought it was your car that was wasting away? Well, a critical mass of mental MC sufferers assembled at the commissioners emergency meeting at the county building (recently) with the goal of spending every cent of your open space money, and more. And they did while I witnessed.Eagle County’s most famous elder statesman, Rod Slifer, started cheering the crowd when he spoke insisting we overspend the county’s open space budget by millions without so much as even a fair market appraisal for this Eaton purchase. Frankly, I thought I was listening to Rod Serling because only in the “Twilight Zone” could the owner of the largest real estate company be suggesting we purchase land with no appraisal.Blame it on the 40-plus years of Rod’s MC exposure. Please help us, Beth.Next up to speak was a remarkably attractive lady who said she just moved here from Manhattan. “For the open space,” said she. I suspect she was really trying to move to California, but having arrived in Eagle County was notified that Arnold, “the Governator,” had removed Gray Davis’s “Vacancy” sign for transplanted spend-o-holics. Last time I checked, NYC didn’t have a balanced budget. Now we don’t, either.Then the Beaver Creek Metro District weighed in correctly pointing out that their home owners are disproportionately represented by property taxes sent to the county. This is true. Speaking on behalf of the BC home owner, their representative made it abundantly clear the best way to make things better for their property owners was to spend all our open space money and millions more. Somebody pinch me. I guess they like paying property taxes in BC. No wonder Harry moved out of Beaver Creek. Now, clearly impaired by debilitating MC, he was unable to see that the sheer magnitude of the county’s financial reserves was proof that we are all being overtaxed in the first place, so he played to the crowd and called for millions more in spending. The crowd cheered. I reached for the Rolaids.I guess it’s all about your vision. Blurred, nubilous or myopic, it’s easy to visualize where the county’s finances are headed. That would be same place that MC crud goes when I wash it off my car, although I can’t recommend using your tongue with a warm glass of water to remove it. Debilitating effects be damned, others apparently do.Remarkably, some support for fiscal restraint came from a highly unlikely source. The local newspaper. Hey, isn’t this the same source that was responsible for getting some of these financial wizards elected? How Don and Steve were able to determine that there is something very wrong with this deal, we will never know. I can only figure there must be something uniquely different about the water in the Vail Daily’s water cooler vs. what the rest of the electorate consumes.When voting time finally came for the commissioners, the majority of them responded the way most elected officials do in the face of assembled, orchestrated “mob-ocracy.” They gave the masses what they wanted.For now, there is little hope of a synaptically active electorate that will require a county government capable of meeting the open space needs of the community in a way that acknowledges we don’t always have the money for the things we want. That takes guts, and only one of them seems to be up to the task. Where does Tom get his water?To see we have one commissioner (Forest Gump?) writing to the paper suggesting the way to solve this county’s open space “wants vs. needs” conundrum is to simply bond for more long-term debt, I realized the county is now being run by Commissioners Hopeless, Clueless and Formerly in Charge. Now I’m waiting to see if Commissioner Runyon’s consumption of county tap water will cause post-election Alzheimer’s. Say, I seem to remember he could count to five before the election. Now I still see only see three commissioners. In the meantime, I’ll continue to take my water from a bottle.Peter BuckleyAvonVail Colorado

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