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Darrell D. Taylor - "Mr. Minturn"

After reading the letter from Mr. James Dorsey (June 25), I felt that a couple of points needed to be made clear.Poor people are not responsible for a disproportionate percentage of crime. Many good and hard working people of all races have had savings, investments and retirement plans stolen right out from underneath them, not by the poor but by the very rich. These victims never see their money again, and those who took it never spend a day in jail.A poor person of any race would have to steal a lot of cars, TVs or whatever to equal the billions that have been stolen by white-collar thieves. There are more law-abiding poor than the opposite.Mr. Dorsey states that in the Vail Valley many of the poor are Hispanic. Why is that so? Could it be that well-to-do whites don’t want to pay these poor souls enough to break out of the poverty ranks? Heck, if you paid “them” more money they might move in next door, and then what would you do? Move away, I bet.When was the last time you gave your maid a raise? Did you give your yardman a hefty Christmas bonus this year? I don’t recall seeing you at the Hunger Project meetings held in Minturn. I missed seeing you at the free Christmas dinners we had for all the residents of the lower valley over the years.Latinos, by the way, don’t work any harder than anyone else. We all work hard. The difference is in what we get paid for our labor. White people pay people of color less money, period. Just compare the mostly white economic base of Avon against those of Minturn, Red Cliff or Leadville. Avon wins hands down.When I read the musings of Vail residents in the Vail Daily, it occurs to me that many residents have been living in a deep valley for much too long. Think of it as wearing geographical blinders. It affects the way you think and the way you view the world.You need to get out of the valley more often. Read books. I would suggest reading “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison,” by Jeffrey H. Reiman. Get to know a Republican.Crime isn’t about being poor. Crime is about being a bad person. Rich, poor or in between, if it’s in you to commit a crime, you will. That’s all there is to it, grasshopper.Darrell D. Taylor “Mr. Minturn”San Antonio, TexasGreat runThe Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club wishes to say a heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors, groups and individuals who contributed to the 16th annual RUN FOR THE FUTURE Held in Eagle, Colorado Sunday June 26, 2005Thanks to our major sponsors:American Gypsum, Alpine Bank, American National Bank, Century Tel, Colorado Business Bank, Eagle County, Eagle Ranch, Eagle Valley Printing & Graphics, GH Daniels & Assoc., High Country Shirtworks, KTUN/KSKE Radio, Mountain Trends Real Estate, Vail Daily/Eagle Valley Enterprise, Vail Resorts Development, Vail Valley Jet CenterThanks to all of our sponsors: Brush Creek Electric, Buka’s Deli, Cambria Coffee, Camilletti Insurance, Castle Peak Auto, Cascade Village Theaters, Castle Peak Veterinary, Canyon Insurance, City Market, Columbine Market, Copy Plus, Eagle Valley Chamber, Eagle Valley Vision, Edward Jones-Charlie Wick,Farmers Insurance, First American Heritage Title, First Bank, KidtopiaMaximum Comfort/Maximum Fitness, Michel’s Bakery, Native Electric, Signature Signs, Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, State Farm-Will Comerford, Steammaster, Team Black Bear/Keller Williams, Town of Eagle,Town of Gypsum, Vail Valley Medical Center, WECMRD, Wells Fargo Bank, Western Slope Bar SupplyThanks to the Eagle Valley High School Art Department and Sue March for design of our logo, and especially for the winning entry designed by Heather Mann.Race day facilities and supplies provided by: First American Heritage Title Co., Maximum Comfort/Maximum Fitness, CMC/Red Canyon High School, KTUN/KSKE RadioFood and refreshments provided by: Cambria Coffee, City Market, Columbine Market, Michel’s Bakery.Water stops organized by: American National Bank-Kevin Brubeck.Special thanks to: Town of Eagle Police, Eagle Fire Department, Western Eagle County Ambulance District.Special thanks to Mike Shea and Barbara Hogoboom for organizing the race, and all of the Western Eagle Valley Rotary. Special thanks to Phil Hancock for heading up the fundraising efforts.Thanks to our timing staff: Mike Shea, Lupe Sebastian.Western Eagle Valley Rotary ClubHelp the worldIn our world today, a child dies every three seconds from extreme poverty. One billion people live on less than one dollar a day. Nearly 40 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS. Every year 10 million children will die from preventable causes and over 100 million are unable to attend school. (Statistics from http://www.ONE.org) These statistics are staggering, and they highlight the emergency of global poverty. Poverty is not only an international crisis but one in the United States, as well. According to World Vision, 12 million children in the U.S. live below the poverty line. Every day in America, more than 2,600 children are born into poverty and 27 will die as a result of poverty. This grim reality of our world is overwhelming but not hopeless. The hope lies in the resources, wealth and will that we have as a blessed nation. Addressing and overcoming the devastating effects of poverty is possible, if we can motivate and ignite the moral will of our nation and other nations around the world. As of today, the United States spends less than 1 percent of its budget on fighting global poverty and AIDS. Although the United States committed itself to the Millennium Development Goals of cutting global poverty in half by 2015, along with 189 other nations, we have made little progress towards these goals. I believe our nation can do better.I believe that with blessings and wealth come responsibility. The United States has a responsibility to use our wealth for the common good, to lift up those in poverty in our own country and around the globe. It is good and right to share our abundance so that others can emerge from the cycle of poverty and have their basic needs of education, health care, clean water and food met. Yet it is not merely about responsibility. It is about the joy and fulfillment that comes from serving others and lifting up our fellow men and women. There is something noble and dignifying when one shares resources for the betterment of others. As a nation, we can experience this kind of fulfillment if we would attend to the current global crisis.There is a movement in our country and around the world to unite and address this emergency. It is called the ONE Campaign: The Campaign to Make Poverty History. The ONE Campaign is calling our nation’s leaders to: 1) Cancel 100 percent of the debt owed by the world’s poorest countries. Each year these countries spend more on debt repayment than on meeting the needs of their people. 2) Devote an additional ONE percent (one cent for every dollar spent by the federal government) of the federal budget to helping the world’s poorest people help themselves. By doing this, the United States would demonstrate our continuing commitment to the Millennium Goals. And 3) Make trade fair by addressing unjust international trade laws. A fair trade system would allow poor countries to earn their way out of poverty by participating more fully in the world economy.The ONE Campaign needs all our voices to make known to our administration and to the world leaders that we desire an end to global impoverishment. Please lend your voice to the movement by visiting http://www.ONE.org. Your voice can bring dignity to millions of people. Patty PellEagleShallow viewWhat a shallow view of what makes America “cool” Mr. Carnes has. To Mr. Carnes, America the beautiful is about cheap gas, big cars, big houses, big meals, X-box and slurpees. A strange definition of “democratic liberties.”American reality is that our true “democratic liberties” (freedoms) are what’s cool. They make the rest of the world envious. Preservation of those liberties is what’s important. This extremist liberal (I don’t own a green card) agrees that America is a pretty cool place in spite of the materialistic view Mr. Carnes portrays.Kirk AkerEdwardsMinturn waterOver the years some fiction has crept into the story of the legal battle over Minturn’s water rights that took place several years ago. The fiction was recently added to a column written concerning the Ginn development.Back in the 1980s the town manager had shopped the idea of selling water rights. However nothing was pursued and Minturn, before the lawsuit was filed, had assured the Vail Consortium that it would guarantee that Minturn would not sell their rights at any time. The issue was that Minturn’s water rights were senior to the consortium’s and were not subject to minimum-stream-flow requirements as theirs were. Back in the 1970s, the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (a member of the Vail Consortium) asked Minturn to join giving the district a much-needed customer base to secure the construction of the Avon treatment plant. The end result was that instead of putting the water in the stream north of town, it happened in Avon, thus causing a minimum-stream-flow problem for the consortium in the length of river between. That was the main issue.Secondly, in an article published some time ago, it was stated that the lawsuit was decided in court. That was not the case. The lawsuit was settled out of court and not in any way were the issues that were disputed legitimized by a court decision. Unfortunately as a member of the Minturn Town Council at the time, the terms of the settlement do not allow me to discuss the settlement.The bottom line is that as Machiavellian as it may have been, the consortium acted in their interest, and Minturn responded as best they could.Earle BidezMinturn FundraiserThank you, Vail community, friends, family and the Gallegos Corporation for their generous contributions to the BMHS Husky Hockey Team during the Fourth of July Parade. The money raised will be used to pay for coaches, ice time, and travel to CHSAA scheduled games.Kristena WyattHusky Hockey Booster ClubVail, Colorado


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