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Denise Calvin

On Dec. 3, a fire broke out at a home in Vail. The Vail Fire Department showed up and had the whole situation under control in no time. The fire department not only put the fire out but, but helped with getting the house back in order. I did ask if there was a punch list for the aftermath of a fire. Instead of a list they gave me their time. The Vail Fire Department is amazing. For the past few months, any time I had a question regarding the house they were always there in person or on the phone with an answer. I thought the fire department only put out fires, but they did above and beyond that. I also want to thank these people for their help with getting the house back in order: Vail Fire Department, Mike McGee, Jim Spell, J.R. Rulapaugh, and Mike Vaughan; Steam Master, Gary Gilman and Adam Kiss; Jerry Sibley, Chuck Talley; Sundance Plumbing, Ken Netzeband; Hodge Services, George Hodge; State Farm Insurance. Denise Calvin Solid baseI would like to commend the Vail Valley Foundation as well as the Eagle County School District in making full time kindergarten a little more affordable in the Vail Valley and for offering more scholarships to those that can’t afford it. As it seems, all studies show that children with a solid base from kindergarten tend to excel in future years of schooling. But I would like to challenge the district and those that are so capable of raising money to take that energy and money and recruit other school districts in the state to make full-time kindergarten a state mandate, so that future kindergartens will not have to pay. Give our students in Colorado a better educational start and the ability to compete with their peers at the college level.Kathy CaltonEagleVR soaks seniorsCongratulations to Bob Boris for his excellent letter on senior ski passes. My wife and I have been owners in Vail since 1976 and skiing here since Vail opened with our children and grandchildren. Until Adam Aron arrived, we felt appreciated by Vail Resorts. Now it’s all greed and arrogance. With VR’s current level of profit and stock price improvement there is no logical reason to soak the seniors. The Front Range skier deals are further evidence of discrimination against seniors by Adam Aron and his staff.I challenge Mr. Aron to address this subject forthrightly in print. In view of the profit improvement, the only conscientious thing for him to do is to roll back these increases and refund the difference to show client appreciation. Are you up to those challenges, Mr. Aron? We don’t want some promise for relief next year – some of us might not be here!Jim MillerVailTrust this novelThis paper prints a steady stream of one-side-only environmental news. What I recommend is that those with open minds read a fascinating book by Michael Crichton called “State of Fear.” Through investigative (and not advocacy) reporting, he concludes that “hysteria” is not too harsh a word to describe most environmentalists today. Here are a just a few of the tidbits from his new book that he had to share: — The current near-hysterical preoccupation with safety and the environment is at best a waste of resources and a crimp on the human spirit, and at worst an invitation to totalitarianism. Public education is desperately needed. — Most environmental “principles” (such as sustainable development or the precautionary principle) have the effect of preserving the economic advantages of those who stand to benefit from it. It’s a nice way of saying, “We got ours. Now you can’t have yours. You’ll cause too much pollution.” (This one reminds me of what a Daily reader said recently about Harry Frampton. How true!) He states with great logic: “Nothing is more inherently political than our shared environment, and nothing is more ill served by allegiance to a single political party. Precisely because the environment is shared it cannot be managed by one faction according to its own economic or aesthetic preferences.” This book is just full of information at the end about where to find information about environmental studies, and more. Art Johnson Avon Rotary does goodMembers of the Rotary Club of Vail-Eagle Valley have rea-son to celebrate. To date, over 200 needy children in Eagle County with no insured access to health care have received assistance through the Rotary Children’s Health Initiative.About four years ago, the project was designed by a committee composed of our Eagle County volunteer health care community and supported by a $25,000 grant from Rotary International. Recent additional funding has come from the Vail Rotary Club ($10,000), Q-West ($10,000), the Board of County Commissioners and private donors.The Vail Club has chosen the Rotary Children’s Health Initiative as their Centennial Project. Founded in 1905, Rotary celebrates its centennial this year.Through countywide health screenings Rotary volunteers have assisted local county agencies in identifying children in need of help. Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary is proud and grateful to the many health care providers in our community who have responded to requests for assistance for these children.In fact, Vail-Eagle Valley will be honoring the participating health care providers at a reception at the Edwards Medical Center (ground floor conference room) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.Rotary International is a worldwide humanitarian service organization with 33,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Founded Feb. 23, 1905 in Chicago, members of Rotary are business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world. For more information about Rotary in Eagle County, call Patti Blender at 926-6098.Eddie BlenderEdwardsVail, Colorado


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