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Supports slideI’d like to express my support of the Beaver Creek Resort Co., Vail Resorts, and Beaver Creek merchants and homeowners with whom I’ve spoken who very much want an alpine slide within their resort community.For several years now, I’ve enjoyed an incredible working relationship with regard to various projects with both the resort company and Beaver Creek homeowners. From philanthropic efforts to supporting major issues valley-wide, this is a community that despite its unique resort nature and large second-home owner emphasis, has positively responded to the call to improve quality of life both inside and outside their semi-gated community. On a personal note, as a longtime local resident, every year I’m only more impressed with how the resort company has integrated a family-oriented experience for both destination guests, as well as local residents. Beaver Creek remains a leader in the world of successful yet highly competitive resort communities. From its retail and restaurant offerings to its special events to its year-round family-oriented activities, operations both on and off mountain continue to evolve, ensuring that property values remain strong, businesses thrive and both the local and destination guest return with open pocketbooks and smiles.The Beaver Creek community’s positive evolution continues with a proposed alpine slide on Vail Resorts’ privately-owned property. I have been immensely impressed with the mitigation efforts by Vail Resorts to ensure that the concerns of some Beaver Creek homeowners have been met: from noise to safety to environmental protection. The Haymeadow area is an optimal location for an alpine slide for several reasons but most importantly, it is an area already impacted by year-round activity. An alpine slide will be a tremendous guest and public benefit at Beaver Creek, and one that will assuredly be enjoyed not only by children but parents and grandparents, as well.Thank you in advance to the Eagle County commissioners for their thoughtful consideration.Kristin Kenney WilliamsEdwardsMore for kidsTo slide or not to slide, that is the question. Working from Don Rogers’ Shakespearian analogy, much a do about nothing, I give you just one more letter before Tuesday’s commissioner’s decision. To be (a resort), or not to be (a resort), that is the question. We are a resort! Not a country club or a golf community. We are open to the public 365 days a year and hope to attract the public each and every one of them. Hmmm, 2,000 homeowners, or hundreds of thousands winter and summer guests? How to keep the balance? We, as in all mountain resorts, are trying to balance our summer and winter seasons, and the slide will definitely help with that. But more importantly the Beaver Creek community is trying its hardest to listen to its members, and its guests. For years we have been told over and over again we need more for kids to do. This slide is part of an answer to that issue. I respect that some of the homeowners have a different opinion on this and we will just have to disagree. But keep in mind that the surveys of our winter and summer guests, which numbers are huge, continually tell us to build more for the kids to do. So we did: the children’s museum, our new arcade, and the ice rink. Is the alpine slide the hill I would die on? I do not know. But considering we have no ice rink cover for summer day skating because homeowners objected to it; a rodeo that each year creeps closer and closer to being a Vail rodeo instead of being on the Beaver Creek mountain as it was planned because homeowners objected to it; and most remembered, no ability to have large business groups like Merrill Lynch return because homeowners objected to having a tent on the back lawn for four to five weeks. When you combine all of these, I hope it becomes a lot clearer why the merchant core would like to see the county commissioners do what they were elected to do. I will say again that I hope our elected officials – the county commissioners – can see through the emotions surrounding this subject and listen to their paid, professional staff planners and attorney. No matter how many people show up at any meeting or not, the decision should be based on the facts and the regulations, nothing else.Brian NolanBeaver Creek Merchants AssociationUK Huskies boosterI am writing to congratulate Dave Cope and BMHS soccer. I told Dave that I was the biggest Huskies fan living in Asia last year (which was true!). This year I had to laugh because I’m living in Manchester. Everyone here is cheering on Manchester City or Manchester United and even though I was deemed an honorary Mancunian last night and even though the football (soccer) here is some of the best in the world, the only team I was really keeping tabs on and cheering for this fall was Battle Mountain! Well done! Mike Cacioppo Jr.Manchester, UK Photo questionIn the article about the Eagle River, the caption to the picture reads, “An aerial view shows how the Eagle’s banks in Edwards have been stripped of trees and bushes, adding to erosion problems.” I might just be on crack, but I grew up here and I never remember a time when the river near the trailer park ever has been heavily wooded or had an abundance of bushes either, In fact, as a young child when driving home from Glenwood, I used to confuse Gypsum with Edwards because of how the river was wide and barren and the town was a gas station! Kimberly WagnerCordilleraEditor’s note: Our understanding was that the sheep and cattle ranches over the past century or more contributed to the lack of vegetation – something that may well have predated the birth of Ms. Wagner.No K-Fed pieces!Unbelievable. Do we really need another print commentary about Kevin Federline?For reference, articles like this make Jesus cry. I guess I will be looking forward to your spam-kabob recipe section in the future.Christopher MullallyGlenwood SpringsHad their chanceIn Letters to the Editor Nov. 18,, Derek Lucas writes that “Not even a Week following the election” the Democrats are getting ready to screw things up. Derek. Derek. Derek. The neo-cons who masquerade as Republicans took over the White House six years ago. How long should we wait to hold them to account for the mess we are in?This war has been a dream for these people since at least January of 1998, while Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. 9/11 was in 2001, remember? Proof? Go to http://www.newamericancentury.org. Click on “Letters.” Read a letter from some of the creeps who act or acted as Bush’s brain, Rumsfeld, William Kristol, Wolfowitz, and Bolton. After reading that, tell us about this great way to fight terrorists. Tell us how the war is in response to 9/11.The brilliant 700-mile wall now under construction and currently not yet funded, runs across a 2,000-mile border. (I understand Bush is also planning a dam a third of the way across the width of the Mississippi.) Maybe it will benefit our democracy if, before future such-unchecked endeavors are launched, that for the first time in six years we will actually have a government with a system of checks and balances as the Constitution warrants.Then there is Bush’s rubber-stamp Congress, which hasn’t exercised any will to oversee and investigate illegal wiretapping, torture, and the missing $9-plus billion of taxpayer funds squandered in Iraq. I guess we should have kept this same group of self-proclaimed Christians who write pornographic notes to underage pages and commit numerous other “sins” while ranting about gay marriage and a women’s right to choose.And economics? These people have long ago abandoned the conservative principles of less taxation AND less spending.The “strong economy” includes taking Clinton’s budget surplus and turning it into the biggest deficit in history. Borrowing money instead of taxing the rich. This short-term economic “gain” from lowering the taxes on the top 5 percent of income earners and asking for no sacrifice for the war effort shows complete disregard for future generations. Paying back this federal credit card bill will come to roost long after these weasels are out of power.It seems that the few who cling to the Cheney-Bush BS are just incapable of any sacrifice or forethought for the sake of our children. Deficit spending is endemic of the delayed gratification that needs to be exercised for the benefit of future generations. It surfaces when it comes to the way these people fail to take climate change seriously. Job creation. Yeah. At McDonald’s, while these trilobites keep the minimum wage at a real-dollar equivalent 29 percent less than when it was last raised. (A time frame in which Congress (Democratic and Republican) has raised their salary nine times.As far as Iran goes, Bush long ago squandered any credibility with the American people and the rest of the world with the far-fetched BS about the danger Iraq posed to our security. He is truly the boy who cried wolf. If the weapons inspectors (who obviously did their job!) were still in place, and Bush hadn’t needlessly sent our kids into harm’s way, we’d be in a much better place to deal with these real threats. His respect around the world is zilch. Even Blair, just today, as much as admitted that the Iraq scenario has been a total disaster. (See CNN.com) Get a grip. This gang has had their chance. They blew it beyond comprehension. Randy Pelton’Moderate’ revolution?The Daily recently quoted Heather Lemon and Ron Wolfe about the need for Republicans to reject “extremists” and follow the “moderate” path. Like commentators on the state and national level, these two are vague about what that means. The congressional majority that the Republicans just lost came about in 1994, when the party program was the Contract With America. It was specific, basic, conservative and popular with voters. What terms might be in the “moderate” Contract With America for the next election?It is a common tactic for those who oppose conservatives to place them on the fringe of the political spectrum. This goes back as far as 1964, when “moderate” Republicans like Nelson Rockefeller and William Scranton joined liberal Democrats in portraying Barry Goldwater as some kind of nut. Looking back at how history has treated Goldwater, as opposed to his adversary, Lyndon Johnson, it appears that the moderates were wrong then, as they are now. The recent election does not show a rejection of conservative values by most voters. The key issues were Iraq and corruption. When the Bush 43 administration proposed taking military action against Saddam Hussein, liberals and moderates in Congress supported it. Now, war weariness has set in. But I don’t see that any conservative principles have led to the current discontent.Success has many parents; failure is an orphan. Perhaps Lemon or Wolfe can outline a “moderate” plan for where we go now with Iraq. Corruption, personified by Jack Abramoff, is always with us; but it gets worse the more government activities expand. Are earmarked appropriations a conservative thing? Are there no moderates or liberals who took junkets and contributions provided by lobbyists and special interests? Conservative principles call for limited government. Moderates have to ask themselves: Are we promoting the big government that aggravates the corruption problem? What are the “moderate” positions on:1. Partial birth abortion, which just had oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court?2. Gun control measures like the “assault weapons” ban? Probably due back on the congressional agenda once House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes charge.3. Social Security and Medicare, which are going to go bankrupt in a decade or two unless there are major reforms? What is the moderate solution?4. Illegal immigration? Terry QuinnEagleVail Daily, Vail Colorado CO


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