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Lots of questionsSometimes, I admit, first impressions may be deceiving – those received on a recent night at the P&Z meeting were simply overwhelming, and portended a new dawn for this little town of Eagle. To define my nature and perspective in order to clarify the following remarks, I must say that I hate shopping; I am at an age where “change” comes with some trepidation; I have financial and emotional interests in the old town; and I do not suffer fools lightly – so take that in mind when digesting my observations of Eagle River Station.Although I need more information from the developer in order to “voice” an objection or accolade, I was concerned about the tremendous amount of “infill” of this 100 acre parcel; almost every square foot is either asphalt or structure (“gray space”) – very little was dedicated to green or open space that offers a complementary blend with the public domain that surrounds Eagle; what with the size and location of the hotel complex, one would think that Eagle itself was an international destination; and too, staff’s comment that the water shed from the gray space would have an adverse impact on the quality of the Eagle River was very astute; water is “life,” “shopping” ain’t!”Tradition, tradition, tradition” seems to be the siren and bellwether call of TrinityRED in promoting this project; the developer maintains that the design and architecture is in keeping with that of old Eagle, yet, the developer displayed examples of sprawling malls and shopping centers from elsewhere (Kansas City, Ft. Wayne, etc.) to market its concept of a “life-style” that would fit Eagle also – nonsense! Eagle would become just another rental asset in RED’s portfolio of projects, no different than the rest. The massive amount of rental income derived from the boxes of ERS would siphon off to Phoenix and Kansas City (the corporate offices of RED), rather than be cycled or injected into the local economy like that of the extant and owner operated businesses in the community. The “life-style” that RED promotes is simply not “traditional” and compatible with the historical Eagle ambiance.The traffic expert’s opinion that the project would not adversely affect the existing congestion on Eby Creek Road is the most incredible statement of all that I heard (if I heard everything he said); he must have made this statement with tongue in cheek when he also stated that ERS would bring an additional 27,000 new regional shoppers to Eagle on a daily basis – that’s five times the population of Eagle! Were we to assume that the 27,000 new shoppers would access ERS from the new east interchange, and then leave only by that route without heading west on 6, Chambers or I-70 to exit on Eby Creek Rd., then perhaps some credence could be given to this opinion. The ERS developer was right when it declared that this project would be vehicular orientated and provide a good shopping experience – this is precisely what the new “life-style” of Eagle will become were it approved. Construction of bike and pedestrian paths throughout the project would have only a placebo affect, and in no way would ameliorate the “vehicular” profile of the development.The developer now has changed its “pitch” from being separate and apart from old Eagle, to becoming a part of it; and to accomplish this feat, it proposes to build a trolley system so local folks don’t have to drive their cars to the massive parking lot of ERS or vice-versa. You can’t have it both ways! If this trolley system is the only umbilical cord to Eagle proper, then it is patronizing to say the least and disingenuous at most to declare that ERS is a part of Eagle. What with the numerous round-abouts the project brings, the barrier that Eby Creek Rd. presents, and ERS’s characteristic out-of-state ownership, ERS will be separate, apart and an entity unto itself.The labor problem that this project would foment is self-evident, and needs no further comment, other than we would be fools to believe the “white-wash” that ERS paints on this issue. Can Eagle suffer that?Fredric ButlerEagle OptimisticFirst of all, I appreciated the letter by Roger Brown congratulating Sarah Fisher and wishing the very best. It was a classy letter and having read Mr. Brown’s book, it was just what I would have expected.Second, I’m optimistic regarding Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats of the House. She’ll have her hands full keeping the “old curmudgeons” looking straight forward instead of examining the mistakes of the past. The agendas of Charley Rangel, John Murtha, John Dingell and some others have been ignored or “squashed” for quite a while; and for them to seek a little revenge would be pretty natural. But nothing will be gained by that effort, and both our country and the Democratic Party need them to do otherwise. I believe that Nancy Pelosi understands that, and will be successful in achieving positive results.Third, I hope that the Baker-Hamilton committee will suggest a comprehensive plan regarding our role in the Middle East so that we can withdraw our troops with great honor. They deserve nothing less! I trust that those who simply advocate “staying the course”, and those who believe in quickly “getting out” will accept the inevitable compromises and help bring about a rational solution. Finally, hats off to the person who wrote in to “Wisdom from the Web” and said “Let’s all shake hands and go skiing. Yee ha”!David Le VineAvonAssessor thanksI am writing this letter as the newly elected Eagle County Assessor. I want to thank the individuals who helped be directly with my campaign, by making phone calls, placing signs, and doing honk and waves at various locations around the county. I also want to the thank Dan Gibbs and Sara Fisher for their help in walking and distributing pamphlets, and most importantly I thank the voters who have elected me and entrusted me with this office. I am looking forward to working with the citizens of Eagle County over the next four years. I enjoyed and appreciated meeting so many of you as I campaigned over the past few months. It served as a great reminder of the incredible place we live and the good people who live here. I will serve you to the best of my ability and I again thank you for your support and trust in me. Mark ChapinEagleRooting for kidsWhile lending support for 1A at a polling place located at a local elementary school, two young girls (around 6 years old) came up to me and, with pride, wanted to share their excellent reading skills. One said, “I can read that. It says ‘Vote Yes on 1A.'” The other girl asked, “What does that mean?” Before I could provide a very adult response, her friend promptly (and confidently) answered, “It means they are rooting for the kids.” Then, they turned around and went back to priorities–playing and running around. No worries. Life is good. The adults are rooting for us. Now let’s go be kids.Out of the mouths of babes … That “moment” captured, I believe, the essence of the intent of 1A. So, although 1A was defeated, the need for support of our young children remains.To be continued….In the meantime, please keep “rooting for the kids.”Kim HilderbrandGlenwood SpringsVail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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