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I felt it necessary to comment on the story on May 27 concerning the pine needle scale afflicting the spruce trees. It appears that even though a less poisonous method of eliminating this pest is available (by using the twice stabbed lady beetle or certain wasps), the method being chosen is the toxic one. What I have learned over the years (and the information is available to everyone willing to read, a good start would be “Silent Spring,” by Rachael Carson) is the following: 1. Immediate test results for toxicity aren’t always a true measurement of how toxic chemicals affect the environment. 2. Toxins (meaning herbicides and pesticides) can accumulate in your body over years. 3. Toxic chemicals can react with other chemicals already in the environment and become even deadlier. 4. Young children can be more susceptible to cancer causing toxins because their cells are growing and developing. 5. The offending pests can become resistant to the pesticides and require heavier dosages in the future. 6. Toxins don’t discriminate good from bad and often kill good plants and insects that keep the area in balance.7. Nontoxic methods do take a little longer to get rid of the offending pest but often, in the long run, can do a better job in controlling the problem and actually cost less to the taxpayer. These are only a few of the dangers to consider. Maybe if there was no other way to eradicate this pest we should consider sacrificing the health of our children, our pets, ourselves and our environment by spraying poisonous substances to kill things, but does it make sense if there is a safer alternative to chose? Ghiqui Hoffman is right to be concerned about the risks to people and pets. We are all aware of what giving a little tiny bit of arsenic to someone can do over a period of time. We would all be better off if we developed a long term vision versus the fix it quick attitude that permeates our nation. Marlene Luczkow Eagle

Dear Editor, Citizens, Eagle County Commissioners and Eagle County Planning Department:There is a new development on the horizon applying to the Eagle County Planning Department for an RV park in Dotsero. This new RV park will bring lodging, a convenient store, swimming pool and an RV park for travelers. If fact, something like this in Dotsero will be a welcome addition. What I do object to is the name. Here we go again. There is no Vail Valley! There may be a Gore Valley, Gore Creek, Eagle Valley, Eagle River, Brush Creek, and Gypsum Creek but there is no Vail Creek or Vail Valley. There is a Vail Pass and a Vail Mountain, but there is no “Vail Valley”! Please do not let the developers name this RV Park “Vail Valley RV Park.” Developer, you should know better and do!Dotsero is about as far from Vail as you can get without going to Garfield County. I know that the term “Vail Valley” is a marketing tool to get tourists to this beautiful valley. However, what happens when the tourist with his RV stops in Dotsero and there is no “Vail.” Market it as it is! As the saying goes, If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck! It if is Dotsero it must be Dotsero! What’s wrong with Dotsero RV Park? Works for me!Pam SchultzGypsum

I lost a good friend in Doug Gordon on Saturday in a rafting accident on the Eagle River. He will be missed by many. Doug was one man that made the world a better place. I am so glad the I became his friend.When I saw May 28 paper, I was appalled ,furious and disappointed at the photo of my dear friend lying on the river bank, covered in a blanket.I found it very tasteless and disrespectful to him, his friends and most of all his broken hearted family.I do understand and respect the right of freedom of the press, but I think the Daily went overboard in reporting the story. Most of us longtime local residents in this valley are connected in some way or another. News travels fast, good or bad. I would have been glad to supply you with a photo of Doug with a smile, the way he should be remembered, instead of that tasteless display of journalism.Next time think of the human factor involved in a story. That’s what makes good reporting. James Buckelew Gypsum Vail, Colorado


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