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Gregg Wiener

To Raymond A. Bleesz and his herd of pests living in Singletree, other areas of the valley. I will start with a bold statement. Beat it! I can’t believe you actually think that you can rally support from not only the residents but the county or even the Division of Wildlife to help mitigate this so-called pest problem you have.I ask, Are you serious? How long have you lived in your … home up there on the hill? Have you forgotten you’re in their sanctuary? Have you forgotten they have been so much longer than you or I could ever imagine? You call them PESTS! Maybe you should look in the mirror at who the pest really is. You are right, it is time steps are taken to decide which is more important – your pretty flowers, trees or wildlife. The constant growth of this valley has had a tremendous impact on the wildlife since the very first day we showed up. Do you know how many migratory corridors were shut off by the interstate? Why do you think the elk sit down there just east of the middle school in Edwards? Because they have nowhere better to go. They’re trapped there trying to get to their calving grounds in and around, Singletree which they have been doing long before you or any development was ever thought of. So again I ask you who the pest is.So I give you this idea of relocation.Hhow about we get the county, DOW and everyone else you mentioned for this monumental relocation program and we relocate you to a community more suitable to your ignorant needs. If you don’t like it, beat it! Go somewhere else where people more like you have pushed all the deer and elk out of their home. So maybe next time choose something a little more serious to complain about, like the rising cost of fuel or the outrageous price of real estate or just go away or I’ll come eat your flowers, poop in your yard and you will then have something worthy to complain about.Gregg WienerEdwardsDefends assessorLet’s clear the air concerning the Eagle County assessor!I have a property valuation consulting firm representing clients in numerous counties in Colorado. In the course of conducting my business, I work with many assessor’s offices throughout the state. Communications is the prime element required for success from all concerned. In my dealings with Ms. Mack and the Eagle County Assessor’s Office, I have come away with the confidence that they are there to serve the public in a most courteous and professional manner. In the past few weeks, it has been brought to my attention, in both heresay and in writing, that some mudslinging and rock-throwing pertaining to Ms. Joyce Mack and the Eagle County Assessor’s Office was taking place. These comments could not be any further from reality or the truth.The property owners of Eagle County should count their blessings in having Ms. Mack as their assessor. She has made statements that “she is there to fairly represent the property owners” and she backs it up with like actions. She, or one of her staff, will always find time to answer questions or explain the county’s position on property appraisal matters and procedures, in a friendly, non-adversarial point of view. Malcolm SmithCarbondalePrayers for popeIt is difficult enough selecting the right present for a newly married couple, or newly ordained priest/deacon; but what do you get for a new Pope? Why prayers, of course!Shortly after Pope Benedict was installed, the students of St. Clare’s School in Edwards did just that in the form of a spiritual bouquet. During their religion classes, each of the school’s 153 students was asked to make a bouquet card for the Holy Father – all of which have been set to the Vatican.For the intentions of the Holy Father, the students have promised to offer over 93 individual rosaries, 35 novenas, 300 Masses, and in excess of over 3,500 prayers.Jay VocelkaEagleSmokers, ughThis past weekend my husband, along with a group a friends and myself took part in the Community Pride Clean Up. We cleaned a portion of 6 in front of Arrowhead and part of the main road in Edwards between the rest stop and 70. It was absolutely appalling how much trash was out there. While taking part in the clean up it became clear to me who the BIGGEST litterbugs are – SMOKERS. I am sure that there are a few that are innocent but by the number of cigarette butts I cleaned up most of you are guilty. I cleaned up more cigarette butts than I could of or cared to count. I do not understand why smokers feel they are entitle to use the earth as an ashtray. I also don’t understand why you can put the contents of a cigarette in your body but not in your car. It is VERY inconsiderate of you to think the rest of us in the world don’t mind living among your remnants. All cars come equipped with an ashtray. Please use them.Denise Rahe EdwardsHat’s off to CDOTThe path for bicycles, chairs, and tricycles was completed, along with the beautifully designed I-70 over Vail Pass, many years ago. Connecting with the Ten Mile Canyon path and Frisco to Breckenridge paths, allowing a continuous path to West Vail, probably a 50-mile total. With the Dowds Junction bridge over the Eagle River opening, access to nearly 20 more miles of broken paths to Edwards means nearly 70 miles of safe bicycling and hiking for the recreational users. An amazing accomplishment in my way of thinking. The towns and counties provided the fabric, and the Colorado Department of Transportation supplied the thread to tie it all together, with the state doing most of the maintenance.Events such as the Sonnenalp-sponsored summer bike ride for amateurs and the long-distance benefit rides for large groups would be impossible to hold without CDOT help, including the state troopers controlling traffic and marshalling the riders. With a percentage of ECO Transit Authority funds designated for path construction, access to the Glenwood Canyon path is in the near future.A major tribute should be paid to the coalition of riders, hikers, towns and counties for all of the cooperative efforts. But nothing would have been accomplished without the enthusiastic cooperation and participation in design, construction and maintenance of CDOT. My hat is off to all who made this possible. (I enjoy riding the downhill portions.)Steve ZorichakVailPart of life hereI have trouble deciding how to respond to the outrageous letter written by … Raymond Beesz. At first I thought, “What a moron,” and dismissed the letter as the unconscious rantings of another disillusioned transplant. As the letter steeped awhile in my mind, however, I became incensed. Having read the article Beesz wrote in the Daily back in March, I could not help but be amazed that somebody whose family had suffered so much by the cruelty mankind can afflict would actually make the argument that the wildlife, among which he chose to live, should be exterminated or relocated.People have chosen to live in this valley for a variety of reasons. One generally accepted principle of mountain living, however, is that we cohabitate with the native wildlife. Whenever development is approved by the relevant governing authority, wildlife mitigation plans are required to lessen the impact we have on their rangeland and their natural migration routes. When Beesz purchased his Singletree home, he bought into a community that through the development approval process had agreed and acknowledged they were living with wildlife, not despite it. Beesz seems to think that we should provide nothing more than a route through which wild animals may travel. If they have the audacity to live among us, there must be dire consequences. He ignores the fact that he lives not in a sheltered urban community, but in a mountain valley where many other developments have similarly made allowances for the fact that wild animals roam the streets, parks, open space, and yes, even the yards of property owners. Some mountain communities have even been required to designate their golf courses as protected elk habitat during winter months due to the fact that the courses were built on top of age-old elk winter habitat. Beesz wrote in March about his relatives’ plight in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. I was very interested in his family’s story and found the piece intriguing and moving. My expectation was that the person writing the story would be one with an unusually strong sense of compassion and tolerance – not just towards his fellow man, but towards the world in which he is a part. This includes the natural world in which he chose to live. Mr. Beesz, we all deal with the occasionally unpleasant consequences of living among the wildlife in the Eagle Valley. We understand if we let our cats out of the house at night, we are putting them into the food chain, and not at the top! We protect small gardens from the animals who turn them into a salad bar using various methods of barricade. We lock down our trash cans to keep bears eating what they find in the woods rather than next to our house. It is the unwritten deal you made when you moved here. If you want to renege on that deal, please feel free to move your family and your store to a place where you can tolerate your surroundings rather than feeling the need to dominate all creatures surrounding you. The majority of the rest of us love the wildlife we encounter and accept the challenges they create.Taralyn WaltersAvonVail, Colorado


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