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Brighton Khumalo

I am a pedestrian and would like to remined all the drivers out there that please give right of way to pedestrians when crossing roads at roundabouts and at pedestrian crossings in Vail and Avon.I have had close calls where one car stops and in the middle of crossing the road, some other car just happens to want run me over as if I have no right to cross the road. Please give way to pedestrians.Brighton KhumaloAvonDon’t blame us Your recent article “Tech pushes envelope of ethics of hunting” (March 7) left the wrong impression of hunters’ roles in dealing with new technology. Most of the technological innovations mentioned were developed and marketed by companies for the sole purpose of increasing profits. In many, if not most cases, hunters not only do not want or need these products, but hunters and hunting organizations have recommended to state managers to ban them. For instance, in Colorado, one of the restrictions on bow hunting equipment states, “Scopes, electronic or battery-powered devices cannot be incorporated into or attached to bow.” This and many other restrictions were not only supported by the Colorado Bowhunters Association (CBA) but also recommended to the DOW and CWC. In fact, the equipment regulations adopted by the CWC, in some cases, are not as restrictive as the CBA recommended.The picture and description of the “high-tech bow” was also misleading. Cams are not “for maintaining firing position.” They are primarily for increasing arrow speed, and offer various degrees of reduced holding weight at full draw. Most advantages of compound bows are offset by attributes that make them less efficient than recurves or longbows in some situations. While compound bows may look different from recurves or longbows, functionally they are very similar.The amount of space given to John Lockwood’s irresponsible live-shot Internet “hunt” was unwarranted. No hunting group supports such an aberration of hunting, and many are working to outlaw it.While there does tend to be a push for technological improvements in hunting equipment, it is generally manufacturers that cross the line when it comes to promoting unethical gadgets, and responsible hunters who try to hold the line by attempting to restrict their use.Michael DziekanLyonsWannabeesFor the Siebert and Eaton Wannabees,To exploit natural beauty with pretty treesIt could be prudent and advantageous toPick a mountain not completely riddled throughWith nine hundred miles of tunnelsAnd piles of toxic nasty chemicals.Sacrificing years of Superfund cleanupThe Eagle River will again be torn up.Pricing of a billion dollars is pretty ambitiousAnd should make the tax collectors appetite say delicious.And the two-lane road to Leadville will becomeA 20-plus year traffic jam for some.Steve ZorichakVailPeople do careWe would like to express our thanks and gratitude to some very special people of Eagle County, Deb Ramsey (Eagle Valley Middle School teacher),Jon Asper (Jon Jon, chief of the Eagle Fire Department), Kasey (Eagle Valley Middle School counselor).There are times in life when people still do things for others and expect nothing in return. Well, that’s what these three have done. But our family would very much like them to know how thankful we are for them and what they have done for our son. They are truly special people.Our family moved here in September of 2004, my youngest son was to start school, but was soon transferred to Eagle Valley Middle School, and was put with a teacher that was thought to be better for him. Mrs. Ramsey had to overcome a lot when she took my son, and still does. As the time has gone on, my son has considered Mrs. Ramsey a second mother and has become very close to her. She also put him in touch with Chief Jon Asper at the Eagle Fire Department. This man has become a mentor and also a strong male role model for my son. My son has come to love this man almost as a father and has also become very protective of Chief. Kasey soon came into the picture and has given her time and a listening ear to my son. Oftentimes teens need someone besides family to turn to. These people have given my son a new life, self esteem. He believes in himself and has a direction in his life, and also has found a reason to live. The black cloud is lifting from his eyes.My son attends school, helps at the fire department and also has a job, and all this is due to three people that could see inside of this kid that wouldn’t let anyone get close to him. They have had a lot of obstacles to overcome and people to stand up against. They have taken the time and energy to care. They have given everything of them selves. We could go on of the many things the three of them have accomplished with my son, but I hope the readers understand what I’m saying. I’m saying a very heartfelt thanks to all the them, and I’m also saying for people not to give up on our teens. Some of the old ways are better, giving of yourself, your time, being real, and also letting them know that someone is really standing in their corner. Things can be a lot different. Don’t give up on them!Thank you so much for loving my son!John and Robin BernardGypsumPretty simpleI’d like to ask Don Rogers what the qualifications are to have a weekly column in the newspaper? So if you break the law, you can personally slam the Vail Police Department with your side of the story?I’m referring to Kaye Ferry and the Hanson Ranch Road incident. As a civic leader she should have known that Hanson Ranch Road is a construction site with only one car width open to drive through. Also, this intersection has always been designated as a non-skier drop-off. So why are you whining, Kaye? About the ticket that you so deserved? Next time take an extra minute in your car and drive to one of the many designated skier drop-off areas that are provided for everyone to use.Lou MeskimanVailNo so high a priceWith gas prices at over $7 a gallon in the UK, the world has not stopped. Now, we tend to drive vehicles that give good gas mileage and help the planet a little. If your vehicle does not give 40 to 50 miles per gallon, then it’s your cost. For example, if you’re a 4×4 or even worse, a Hummer, driver and you are getting 10 miles per gallon around town, then you’re actually paying the equivalent of European prices on a per mile basis. Tom NawojczykAvon and the UKKyoto fraudThe imbalance of the Kyoto Protocol reveals it to be nothing more than an attempt at global social engineering – a political fraud designed to impede the economies of the USA and other successful nations. Rather than trying to improve conditions in failing nations, Kyoto would drag everyone to the lowest common denominator – typical socialist stupidity.Thomas AndersonEdwardsNo mistakes?I’ve decided that I’m going to be a guide. I’m going to teach a class on automobile awareness. The class will be held this coming Saturday in the Center Lane of I-70 at 9 p.m. Everyone should wear dark clothes and be prepared for a real asphalt experience.The following week, get ready for a real backcountry experience as I take you to a well-known avalanche area for some Level 2 avalanche training. The class will be held at the infamous Five Fingers. (Remember that name.) Please bring your beacons, shovels and probes. Music will be provided by the Grammy Award winning band, Green Day, who will be playing their hit song, “American Idiot.” You will know the words by heart by the time we are done digging snow pits to check for snow stability. If you think that sounds crazy, then read on: Dick Jackson, an IFMGA/AMGA certified guide says that “no mistakes were made” when a 32-year-old named John Jensen was swept to his death by an avalanche at the Five Fingers on March 6. The victim was attending an avalanche awareness class offered for $295 by Jackson’s company, Aspen Expeditions.Imagine that, “no mistakes were made” and one guy is now dead. For your information, Mr. Jackson, an accident is actually the end result of a chain of mistakes. In fact, several mistakes were made that day, starting with the selection of a training area well known for avalanches. If you would have selected a safer place to conduct your class, the chain would have been broken and maybe John Jensen would still be alive. Jon SilverBoulderVail, Colorado

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