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Voting for EdwardsI’m voting for Tom Edwards in the Republican Primary. Here’s why:1. Tom has a proven record of community service. He has a reputation as a Gypsum town councilman and Home Rule Committee member of doing his homework, collaborating with others and thinking through decisions that could have unintended consequences. His experience in Gypsum will reinforce the importance of the county working cooperatively with all communities in Eagle County.2. Tom will be a full-time commissioner. He’s a retired architect and doesn’t run another business on the side as do the other two candidates. I believe the taxpayers should expect the office of county commissioner to be a full time job. After all, this year’s elected commissioner will draw a salary of $72,000 plus fringe benefits of at least 25 percent, and, if current policy continues, the dedicated use of a county vehicle. It’s a full-time salary and should be a full-time job.3. Tom has a balanced view on county issues. He understands the importance of land development and open space decisions, weighing property rights against the overall priorities of Eagle County citizens, young and old alike. At the same, however, he is sensitive to the wellbeing of the taxpayer.Tom Edwards is not your typical politician. He’s not burdened by a particular ideology. Instead, he is a practical problem solver, listening carefully to others and collaborating creatively to find solutions. In these days of complex challenges involving growth, housing, transportation, water and beetle infestation, Eagle County needs a commissioner with Tom’s competency. On Tuesday, Aug 8, please get out and vote for Tom Edwards.Dave MottWolcott Pollution worriesSteve Pope’s commentary of July 24, “Moving beyond Crossroads” reminds us that “the debate was about a building and a direction for the town.” My letter, which followed, was about the “inconvenient truth” of a massive building, over development and pollution that ensues.Again, we are led by young councilmen and planners who come from non-mountainous regions. Thus I urged all concerned to see the mistakes made by others, in the European Alps. In my home town, one can see the brown cloud trapped in the narrow valley. What good is it to lure the kids in concerts and hoopla, if all we leave them is pollution and health problems?We need our town planners and environmental commission to seek realistic impact projection from impartial authorities. For example, we need to learn the inconvenient truth from the Colorado Department of Public Health, Mr. G. Pierce, mountain environment specialist. Please see: Denver Post, Wednesday July 26, section 1A, titled “AIR,” by Nancy Loftholm.Excerpts: “Mesa and mountains keep Grand Junction pollution from drifting away …” “G.J. has its own cloud that contains its own brew of toxins, on average as high as and sometime HIGHER than Denver …” “I would say people would be REAL SURPRISED by that …” “Air quality researchers have been taken aback, too …” Denver has 30 times more traffic, 2.6 millions more people than G.J. …”WHY? G.J. is at higher altitude, higher altitude creates more UV radiations, which increase certain toxins.”G.J. is also hemmed in by mountains and mesas that hold dirty air to about a 5-mile radius rather than dispersing it over … And if weather condition is right, the smoggy air is trapped in the Grand Valley by cloud cover that acts like a lid on a Tupperware bowl.””It is not visible from downtown, but it is obvious from higher terrain, from the West, there is a dome over the valley,” said Dr. Rob Kurtzman.What do we do when we know better? We urge (beg, cajole, buy him a beer) Mr. Knobel to rescale Solaris, to set an exemplary rightful precedent or never say again. We are working for the good and the future of the Vail youth. Anne Marie Perrin MuellerWest is nextHezbollah, means “the party of G-D.” How ironic. Do you believe that the G-D who created Israel would then guide Islam to destroy it? Sounds like one hell of a party.The indiscriminate killing of Jews and Christians, Americans and Israelis and others is as unacceptable in the 21st century as it should have been in the two previous centuries.Yes, the two previous, not the one. The wanton killing of Jews by Arabs in small communities has always existed. What was the Arab problem then? There were no Palestinians until Mr. Arafat invented them to become pawns in the Arab world quest for world domination. Since the glory days of Islam, there has been no intellectual or industrial advancement other than oil which was developed by westerners. What we giveth we can taketh, and that is happening. New forms of energy are being developed and technology marches on. Where is a lot of this coming from?You guessed it, Israel. As Neil Sandler wrote in Business Week: “With oil prices hovering around $70 a barrel, Israel is pondering the use of its huge reserves of oil shale. Thanks to a technical breakthrough, it should be possible to extract fuel oil from shale for less than $20 a barrel, which could allow Israel eventually to cut its crude oil imports by up to one-third.” As technology progresses, you can bet it will be here in western Colorado. This and other oil technologies (Canada’s sand oil, Alaska, the Gulf) will dwarf Middle East oil. Islam is under the gun to overrun us before we bankrupt them. If that happens, Islam is back in the 14th century, all because Islam cannot accept taking care of business instead of waging war. They will not modernize their societies and join the world. I fear the bottom line will be some form of World War III encompassing a new European crusade (as before) and a constant awareness here in the U.S. of Hezbollah infiltration. It is important to remember that this is not an Israeli-Arab war but, at this time just a skirmish to see if Islam can destroy Israel, and the Western world is next.Arthur KittayEagleJust a thoughtBob Branden, I know you probably get a bigger kick out of an opposing e-mail, but this is just an idea. In regards to “As the PMs clamor for the removal of the Ten Commandments from our courtrooms,” my father brought up a point that comes to mind in relation to the whole separation of church and state that I have considered. “Have you ever thought that maybe God is separating Himself instead of the other way around?”Nice to see you in the paper! Kellie C. RiccaGreat careHow fortunate we are to live in a place with such amazing health care available to us, in a setting so conducive to healing. And while orthopedics may have greater visibility, our options for cancer treatment are impressive too. Six years after a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at a large teaching hospital in Chicago, I was faced with a reocurrence. Among the many fears and stress of facing cancer again was the issue of treatment in essentially a rural area. Now living in Summit County, I feared I would have to travel to Denver, or return to Chicago and face much greater out-of-pocket expenses. I was relieved to discover I could stay west of the Eisenhower tunnel. Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail and Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards gave me a rare combination of skilled medical care and concerned, individual attention. All the people who helped me truly did help me, and treated me as a person, not just another case. Andy Ball gathered all my medical records so I wouldn’t have to deal with it; Cathy Mast was always available to explain anything I didn’t understand; Dr. Kolhouse found a way to reassure me and make me smile; and my surgeons, Dr. Downey, who sort of “took me apart” to remove the cancer and went above and beyond what surgeons usually do for followup, and Dr. Thaxton, who I know will put me back together, better than ever. And throughout everything, instead of being in a setting that confronted me with traffic and noise and crowded streets, I have been able to recover with blue skies, sunshine and mountain peaks to remind me that I, too, can be strong and continue to soar. My wish is that one day we no longer need cancer centers or cancer treatment. Until then, I am grateful we have such wonderful care, so close by. Cathy Houdek Dillon Worth supportingWe are fortunate to live in a community as diverse as the Vail Valley.We are a community that is dependent on the “working class,” the younger members of our community, many who need two incomes to support the standard of living they need to suport their families. There are those of us who are fortunate enough to have worked hard and are now retired and can afford the joys of living in the Vail Valley. But where would this valley be without our younger friends who still go to work every day to keep this community alive and functioning? Child care is an important assest to every community, expecially one as diverse as the Vail Valley. I have been a board bember of the foundation of trustees for the Family Learning Center in Edwards for six years and understand first hand how difficult it is to maintain a child-care facility and charge a reasonable and affordable rate. QUALITY child care should be important to every community. It is an asset to our community. Where would the Vail Valley be if the younger people had to leave because they could no longer afford to live here? We all benefit from child-care facilities such as the Family Learning Center, which is just one of the many wonderful facilities this Valley has to offer. Please support the child care tax, it is little enough to pay to keep our community alive and strong. Jeri CampisiVail, COlorado


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