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Daily Staff Writer

The Vail Daily knows of no person or persons whom Merrill Hastings “coerced” into the signing of letters sent to the Greater Eagle Fire Department as printed in the Letters to the Editor column Tuesday, March 8, and we hereby apologize to Mr. Hastings for our publication of such a false and misleading statement. Grist for the millThe Ginn Co. might have written for themselves Wednesday’s Vail Daily article about what good neighbors they are in Florida. A more intrepid report might have uncovered that the Ginn Co. is not universally loved and admired, and that they are profiting enormously at the expense of the quality of life of much of Florida.In 2002, for instance, residents of Flagler Beach turned down by a margin of 3-to-1 a Ginn Co. proposal to annex and develop 2,000 acres.Reading the Daytona Beach News-Journal Online, where a brief search yielded that little tidbit, one cannot help but notice the parallels between what is occurring there on the beach and what is happening here in the southern Rockies: A citizenry watching their lifestyle and their environment disappear as the sprawl engulfs everything they love while rich developers get even richer, leaving the taxpayers to foot the bill for the messes they’ve made.There is hope: That there won’t be enough water to support Ginn’s outrageous scheme; that the EPA will put its foot down; that the residents of Minturn and Red Cliff, realizing what great communities they have and that this proposal will most certainly will spell the death of them, will rise up against this stupidity and pack Ginn off somewhere where he can’t do any more damage.To Ginn, Gilman and Minturn are simply more grist for the development mill. What will be produced is more homes that no one who lives here can afford, more sprawl, more fragmented habitat, more traffic, and more messes for the taxpayers to clean up. The Ginn Co., in the meantime, having made its massive profits here, will move on like a hungry ghost, its appetite insatiable, to the next opportunity to turn the living into the dead, to turn another good community like Minturn into another millionaires’ ghetto, where the gate guards house as empty as a landscape that was once alive and full.Jonathan StauferVailPay attentionIn response to “Mountain Manners” (Feb. 28), by Jon Silver, as a longtime skier in the valley I enjoyed and agree with all of what Mr. Silver had to say except for one thing. It is the idea that pole clicking is a bad idea if someone is deaf or listening to music. Mr. Silver, I am not deaf. However, I do listen to music often while I’m skiing, but I only wear one headphone and I always appreciate the “on your right/left” or the “pole clicking” as a warning for faster riders to pass me on Vail’s long and sometimes narrow catwalks. My advice to all snowriders listening to music: Keep your head on a swivel, and watch out for other people or listen to music with one headphone in so you can hear the warnings from other riders around you. Too often on Vail mountain have I been cut off by riders who do not hear my warnings, whether by pole clicking or verbal direction, and I have to slow my progress so these people can freely listen to their music, oblivious to their surroundings. Yes, they may be the “downhill” skier, but they still have a responsibility to themselves and everyone else on the mountain to pay attention to what’s going on around them.Reid GrieblingAvonWhat, no guard rail?As a retired federal highway engineer, I was quite surprised during my recent first trip to Vail to see almost a complete lack of protective guard rail on I-70. There is no guard rail between the east and westbound lanes, nor is there any protection between I-70 and the frontage roads. Considering the snowy climate and the large amount of vehicular traffic, this situation will surely lead to a major catastrophe. It is just a matter of time! To make matters worse, I understand there is to be a major renovation of the town, inevitably leading to even more traffic. Take advice from an old pro who knows. Guard rails should immediately be installed separating all opposing lanes of traffic in this beautiful but crowded traffic corridor. It’s been done almost everywhere else in the country where such a dangerous situation like this exists.James Weller Sr.Great Neck, N.Y.Vail, Colorado


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