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Vail Daily, Vail Colorado COAn opportunityEagle Valley Station is proposed within a llama’s spittin’ distance of our home just east of Eagle. We think this pastoral parcel is destined to change. A lot of people would like to use that land. Making hay just doesn’t pay. It is easy to imagine 200,000 folks in the county. Should we stop them? To respond fairly, think first: Should someone have stopped you from coming here? We’ve seen some folks habitually reject all development proposals. For a government to do so is bad faith and it destroys value. It’s borderline thievery. Let’s keep the bad faith and theft to a minimum.To stop development ethically, one really has to buy the land. Who is pumping their fist in the air, ready to start writing $10 million-$50 million checks to do that? No one. We have an opportunity to preserve more open space and get what we hope will be a tasteful and lively development. If we can ensure that the project spins off more public revenue than it consumes, we can harness the tax profit to buy open space, conservation easements, and public access up Brush Creek, Eby Creek, even the River Road. That’d tickle a lot of people.High density is key to making a little land pay to preserve a lot of land. Let’s mix some pragmatism into a vision of unspoiled landscapes. Andrea, Yvette and Vince EmmerEagleWhite Christmas This Christmas season kids from all over the globe will sit in front of their television sets, eagerly watching the weather forecast, hoping to hear an utterance of their favorite winter word, snow. It’s the bane of drivers everywhere, and the delight of skiers and snowboarders. It’s both hated and adorned from end to end of this country. But on one special day, people everywhere join together in hopes that they will see just enough of this wet, slippery substance to make their Christmas more special.Where I grew up in New Jersey, a white Christmas was usually a pipe dream. In reality, it was more often 50 degrees than 30 degrees on Dec. 25. Snow on Christmas was just a fantasy you grew to live with. And when it finally did snow 4 inches, the schools closed and towns shut down, which wasn’t a bad consolation prize to a kid. But it still was no white Christmas. In August I moved out to Colorado and it didn’t take long for cold weather to grip the area. There were many September mornings that I walked outside, looked at my snow-covered car and muttered a few choice words. At the same time I was shivering and digging my car out, my cousins would be at school looking out of the window and wondering in great anticipation about the next time they could get on the mountain. Getting stuck on a side street in Denver last week didn’t help cultivate my love for snow either. It took 25 minutes and three people to get my entrenched car free. I was grateful, and lucky to have a few kind people stop and help me. If it wasn’t for them I’d still be digging at a feverish pace with my ice scraper. While driving home a few of those choice words that I’ve grumbled before were bouncing around the cabin of my car, and I couldn’t wait to get away from the white stuff. However, when I walked outside today, something was different. On my way to clear my car I stopped for a few seconds to take a look around. It took a few moments, and then it hit me. Tomorrow is Christmas, and it’s snowing! Something I’ve wished for as a kid for so many years was finally happening. Forgetting all the previous mornings I spent chiseling out my car, almost getting stranded on the Vail Pass and the previous night’s fiasco, I stood there, smiled and just took it all in.It’s no big secret that I come from a different place and think about snow differently. In fact, when it comes to the outdoors, my family in Colorado and myself could not be further apart. But this holiday season I joined with my Western relatives and people all over the country, and wished for a white Christmas. It may not seem like a lot to some people who have lived through many snow filled holidays, but to someone who is 2,000 miles away from home, and grew up only seeing white Christmas’ on television, a few magical white flakes on Christmas morning can make all the difference.Derek LucasOverspendingThis president just doesn’t get it! Iraq isn’t enough for him. Now we need a bigger Army so we can fight bigger, longer wars and cause more destruction and have more loyal Americans die. Improving homeland security is certainly a proper goal, but acquiring more battleships and tanks and bombs is nonsense. Currently, our spending by the Department of Defense is equal to the defense spending by all of the other nations of the world added together. Furthermore, our own annual expenditure of $460 billion does not even include homeland security or the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those facts really suggest that maybe we’re spending too much even now. We certainly don’t need to add to our budget deficit by increasing the size of our armed forces or adding to our arsenal of weapons.What we really need is a restoration of our prior reputation for objectivity, honesty and morality. Only then will we be able to command attention when we suggest peaceful solutions to problems throughout the world. We very badly need to restore the credibility that we earned over many years and which this administration has destroyed. Furthermore, we need a State Department that is actively searching for peaceful negotiations, not one that haughtily proclaims that we will not speak with Iran or Syria. No matter whether they are friend or foe, Ms. Rice and her department have no business alienating the leaders of sovereign countries. At some point in time we must all get along!To quote Albert Einstein, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”David Le VineShould be ashamedLast Thursday evening I drove by our new community park, Little Beach Park, and discovered someone had cut down a pine tree there. I am sure some inconsiderate, lazy, person thought it would make a great Christmas tree. I just want this person to know this park is a result of the efforts of a lot of my neighbors. This is a park we are proud of and our children enjoy. The person who cut down this tree should be ashamed of themselves and hopefully will come back and do the right thing. Lorenzo W. MartinezChief of PoliceMinturn


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