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Ivylyn Scott

I’m glad I don’t still live in Vail. I never thought I could say that because Vail is what brought me here and I still love Vail, even though I’ve moved downvalley. But I have just returned from a Vail Town Council meeting when public input on the topic of management of the Vail visitor centers lasted over an hour in a standing-room-only setting. At least 95 percent of the comments were in favor of the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau, who has managed the centers for years, continuing with their management. Yet the Town Council voted to give the contract to another bidder, a virtually unknown entity. One might expect the VVCTB employees and members to speak in favor of their group, which indeed they did. But the overwhelming majority of the Vail business persons and residents who spoke also supported the VVCTB. Does Vail’s Town Council listen to its constituents?I should note that the two most experienced business persons on the council, Kent Logan and Rod Slifer, made the wise business decision, noting that now, in the midst of all the construction and change in Vail, is not the time for a change in management of the visitor centers. Unfortunately, they were outnumbered. Perhaps Vail voters should elect more truly experienced business persons to their Town Council.Ivylyn ScottEdwardsSolutionsResponse to Jim Dorsey’s letter to the editor concerning U.S. health care, Insurance and pharmaceutical drugs:OK, so here are some possible solutions to the health-care problem and overpriced drugs in the U.S.:(1) Eliminate insurance companies, and allow citizens to pay direct “premiums” to hospitals or medical facilities of their choice. Under this premise, the institutions would receive money from citizens to provide health care ìcoverageî for its members. They would still admit those not covered by the hospital, but the hospitals would collect payments, not from insurance companies, but from similar institutions. No more middle guy. (2) Get your prescription drugs from Canada. Easy. Canada runs one of the strictest regulated drug programs in the world and sells drugs for half the price sold in the U.S. (No Canada does not sell junk, which is commonly what U.S. news agencies report. Canada sells exactly the same products sold in the U.S.) The state of Wisconsin, for example, provides a Web site that has information about purchasing drugs from Canada http://www.drugsavings.wi.gov/ or http://www.universaldrugstore.comAccording to the Canadian government, ordering drugs from Canada is not illegal. Perhaps a statute that says purchasing drugs manufactured in Canada is illegal exists – I am still looking for it. Anyway, I just thought I would provide some possible solutions to the health-care problem and overpriced drugs in the U.S. I guess I am tired of reading complaints over and over again. Who knows, maybe someday obscure ideas such as these just might work.Colby ScudderDon’t pick this flowerWhile I know that there are certainly more pressing issues out there, I am writing on behalf of our extraordinary state flower the columbine. I think it would be of great service to our community if you would please periodically run informational ads informing our guests (and some ignorant locals for that matter) that it is not only selfish to pick them, it’s illegal. Time and time again I come across some person on the trail all swollen with pride hauling their grand bouquets of these exquisite flowers out of the forest. It completely kills my high country buzz to see my favorite trails picked dry by folks that just don’t know better. I believe that the Daily has the ability to educate many if you made the effort during the summer months. Most people that I’ve come across who have done “the dirty deed” seemed to be unaware that columbines were protected by state law. I know that many other back country enthusiasts like myself would value your efforts in protecting this fine flora. Lori CottonEdwardsSupport of trailsThe ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee would like to thank all the individuals, organizations and businesses that participated in this year’s Colorado Bike Month and National Trails Month held in June. Kicking off on June 1 with Go Green, a revegetation work day at Dowd Junction trail, and wrapping up the month with the very productive East Eagle Boneyard Trail work day, locals stepped up to the plate to be part of the creation of trail systems and maintenance. Thank you to all the citizens that gave up their free time to volunteer at the events which in addition to Go Green Day and Boneyard Trail building, included the Vail Pass Trail Clean-up, which yielded record amounts of trash, the best attended Bike to Work Day event yet, and a new award contest for valley residents, the Commuter of the Year Award. Sponsors and Donors were also a major part of the success of these events. The list of supporters includes Vail Resorts, Coors Light, The Antlers, Town of Vail, Clif Bar, Colorado Bike Service, Pedal Power, Mountain Pedaler, Moontime Cyclery, Sonnenalp of Vail, Loaded Joe’s, Edwards Village Market, City Market Vail, Westside Café, McDonald’s, Flying Burrito, Cambria Coffee, Columbine Market, Starbucks, Town of Gypsum, Colorado Department of Transportation, ECO Trails, Eagle County, Bureau of Land Management, IMBA, Grand Junction Pipe and REI.Thanks to all for a successful and encouraging month. Interest in alternative transportation and recreation is thriving here as is community volunteerism and commitment. July kicks off the Trail Action Group trail work days, see trailactiongroup.com, and Sunday, Aug. 28, is the Sonnenalp Foundation’s annual Casual Classic bike ride, as a fundraiser for ECO Trails.Dick ClevelandECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee ChairmanVail, Colorado


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