Letters to the Editor

Smeltzer: Annual Summit Senior Rummage Sale a success

August 22, 2014 — 

The Annual Summit Senior Rummage Sale and Silent Auction was held last week at the Summit County Senior and Community Center in Frisco. The sale is a perfect balance of reallocation of goods and services. Those needing to clean out and simplify, donate, and those looking for a special find or great deal come here. Keeping useable items out of the landfill while raising funds for grants that go back to the community, it’s a true community compost.

This sale takes months of planning and organizing all by volunteers in our community. Volunteers run the show, gathering and storing sale items, organizing donations, set up & tear down, sales, coming together for a few short days to make it happen. The generosity of volunteers with their energy and time and the community businesses which donate goods and services help to raise over $40,000 in grant money. It’s events like this that make me proud to be a part of this community. Many thanks and gratitude to my fellow volunteers, sponsoring businesses, donors and the community, together made this year’s sale another success story.

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Bell: With marijuana-on-Main issue, Breckenridge playing with fire

August 21, 2014 — 

On the marijuana on Main St. debate, the pro argument centers on the inequity created by allowing some businesses to operate on Main while others are banned. On the surface this is a valid point; however, it either ignores or downplays the adverse impact on the community over the long run.

In the 15 years that I’ve lived in the community, the town has seen tremendous growth. That growth has not come by accident, rather by a significant amount of planning and cultivation of an image that has been greeted with a remarkable response. We often take for granted the unique charm that has been crafted over many years by town planners, staff, and community members.

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Power: Summit County recpath a deadly accident waiting to happen

August 14, 2014 — 

I’ve lived in Summit County since 1988. I’ve been cycling the rec path since then. I’m on the path roughly 20 hours, or 350 miles, a week.

We all know the problems caused by reckless bike rental companies that drop off unsuspecting tourists at the top of Vail Pass. We all know the problems caused by off-leash dogs as the path runs through Frisco. I myself have been in the ER twice due to accidents caused by tourists who don’t know how to ride a bike.

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Hertzberg: Who’s Jimmy Carter calling a ‘nutcase’?

August 14, 2014 — 

To be denigrated by our former President Jimmy Carter as a “nutcase” because I disagree with his position on human-caused global warming, is discouraging (Summit Daily News, August 14). But my judgment is solid and is based on an evaluation of the totality of the data. For the analysis of the issue from some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, go to www.climateconference.heartland.org/ . The real data contradict the ignorant “consensus” that human emission of CO2 is the driver of weather and climate. You will then find out who the real “nutcases” are.

Dr. Martin Hertzberg

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Dudick: The Breckenridge marijuana equation

August 12, 2014 — 

I think the Breckenridge Town Council is heading in the wrong direction on the marijuana question and the permutation of issues surrounding it.

First, I voted for 64 and have no problem whatsoever with legal recreational use of marijuana.

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Horbach: Marijuana undermines Breckenridge’s family friendly atmosphere

August 8, 2014 — 

A Colorado contact high for Nebraska

Re: Breckenridge debate on allowing marijuana shops on Main Street.

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Barr: Nebraska should follow Colorado’s lead on marijuana

August 7, 2014 — 

Nebraska blues result of criminalizing pot

Re: Larry Horbach’s August 6 letter to the editor.

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Beavers: Breckenridge ain’t Disneyland bubba

August 7, 2014 — 

After reading Larry Horbach’s recent letter, I was a little confused. Part-time resident? Really dude? I’m happy that these types can’t vote in our local elections. Young children? This isn’t Disneyland? It’s dangerous for most adults. Board the purple Goofey Tram for Peak 8! Hemp? I’m not even going to go into this bit of history. Really dude? Attorney general? Really dude? Frustration at the border? State of Colorado officals should have refused his entry into the state. If this is the type of guest Breckenridge is attracting then stay over there Larry. I guess you hit the big time with your timeshare at Beaver Run! Being a Frisco home owner, and full-time resident I take joy that people like Larry, will never be able to afford real estate in Frisco.

Michael Beavers

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Decker: Garbage along Lake Dillon a dam shame

August 5, 2014 — 

I spent about an hour today walking the lakeshore off the Dillon Dam Road with my dog. He and I often stop here when we don’t have time for a longer hike, usually before I head to work for the day. Every time we’ve come to the lake at this spot, I’ve carried a trash bag with me because of the disgustingly, obscenely large amount of trash and filth in such a pretty place.

It starts with the broken glass, which is everywhere (big shards, little shards, half bottles, random fragments of smashed Christmas ornaments for some reason.) The glass debris field starts at the main parking area near the Frisco end of the road and is strewn all the way down to the lake.

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Shepherd: Support the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act

August 1, 2014 — 

We stood quietly. The bull moose with his grand spreading antlers stopped his willow munching to look at us. The zoom on our cameras cut the distance between us. After a few minutes we left the moose in peace and returned to our campsite. A day earlier we’d sat quietly on top of Pacific Peak watching a pika dart between nearby boulders. A marmot watched us from a farther perch. Later we walked through an alpine meadow below Pacific Peak that was awash in wildflowers, dazzling our eyes. Each of these scenes had brought smiles to our faces. Each deserves protection, so that future generations of visitors to the Tenmile Range can smile too. I gladly support Congressman Jared Polis’ proposal to protect Tenmile Range among other wonderful areas featured in his Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act. It sets a good balance between conservation and recreation. Recreation is what brought us to Summit County for the visit; the memories of the moose, pika, marmot and wildflowers are what will bring us back time and time again.

Like so many other visitors to Eagle and Summit counties, in one short visit not only did we have the pleasure of experiencing solitude in the High Country, surrounded by the sounds of birds, the gurgling of clean mountain streams and the breeze carrying fragrances of wildflowers, but we also enjoyed shopping and eating in two mountain towns, one in each county. Protecting those approximately 60,000 acres of federal land with a mix of wilderness and other designations is crucial to sustaining the thriving tourist economy of Eagle and Summit counties’ mountain towns. Please join me in supporting this Preservation Act.

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Brockmeier: Browns Canyon something Democrats and Republicans can agree on

July 31, 2014 — 

Browns Canyon something Democrats and Republicans can agree on

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Bainbridge: The Summit County Senior Center defies expectations

July 29, 2014 — 

When my husband and I retired and moved here in 2010 we started looking around about how to get connected to the community. There were the obvious avenues, church, neighbors, etc, and then someone brought up the Senior Center. My husband wouldn’t “hear of this.” His picture of a Senior Center, and mine, quite frankly, was defined by elderly folks drinking coffee, hanging over the newspaper while their loved ones ran an errand. Perhaps we could visualize a card game in a back room, but not much more than that. We thought of it as a holding place.

Little did we know that this picture is certainly not the Summit County Senior Center.

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Kinkennon: A recreation management area is right for our community, wilderness

July 25, 2014 — 

A recreation management area is right for our community, wilderness

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Dobbs: Vail Pass recpath newbies need to know rules of the road

July 25, 2014 — 

There are companies that take tourists to the top of Vail Pass in a van— from both sides, Summit County and Vail — then let them coast back down on a bike. That’s fine; it’s more of an amusement park ride than a workout, but I don’t begrudge visitors from the lower levels of our planet the thrill of flying down The Pass.

But as one of the many riders in the area who does actually climb both sides of The Pass on my bike before reaping the reward of a fast descent, I do begrudge the poor level of instruction tourists get from some of the drivers and guides who set them free to make their way to the bottom. Three times in a single day this month, I came close to a collision because no one had told these downhill riders the “rules of the road”… or, no one had told them loud enough… or, no one had told them twice!

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Mast: Angels on Quandary Peak

July 23, 2014 — 

Angels on Quandary Peak

Yesterday I was hiking to Quandary Peak with my family ... our first 14er attempt. We were all in awe of the beauty and grandeur of the summit view. Pristine is all I could say! But I was overwhelmed to observe the best of the human spirit on our descent.

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Pacot: Ayn Rand Republicans on the Colorado ballot

July 21, 2014 — 

Ayn Rand Republicans on the Colorado ballot

“The goal of the ‘liberals’—as it emerges from the record of the past decades—was to smuggle this country into welfare statism by means of single, concrete, specific measures, enlarging the power of the government a step at a time, never permitting these steps to be summed up into principles, never permitting their direction to be identified or the basic issue to be named. Thus statism was to come, not by vote or by violence, but by slow rot—by a long process of evasion and epistemological corruption, leading to a fait accompli.” – Ayn Rand

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Bird: Republicans policies play out in Kansas

July 21, 2014 — 

Republicans policies play out in Kansas

To butress the letter by Andrew Cohen’s July 17 letter regarding Kim McGahey’s “rose colored view” of the Republican Party, one need only look east to Kansas. Governor Brownback embracing the philosophies of the right wing party and the Koch brothers is ruining the Kansas economy. Thus far losing the state revenue, closing schools and hurting hospitals and more. His underfunding of education has led to the federal government stepping in to remedy the situation. At least 100 Republicans have vowed to support the Democratic candidate for Governor where the polls show Brownback trailing badly and threatening to turn Kansas Democratic. Brownbacks right wing philosophies of cutting taxes has backfired badly. Offering a no tax policy to any new business entering Kansas, the result was many larger companies have applied to be taxed as small companies giving the Governor a false sense of growth and revenue losses.

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Ward: Preventing clear cutting has been a 30-year mistake

July 19, 2014 — 

Preventing clear-cutting has been a 30-year mistake

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Cohen: Response to a Republican’s revisionist history

July 16, 2014 — 

I am writing in response to the opinion of Kim McGahey in the July 12 paper.

His article was full of “truthiness” as described by a brilliant conservative commentator. So many points are absurdly incorrect as to make one wonder where he is making up his facts from. He states the Republican party is an open/big tent party, citing a few women and minority candidates as proofs of this. Currently Republicans are 89% white compared to 60% of Democrats. Only 5% of all blacks consider themselves Republicans as opposed to 64% for Democrats. Hispanics are 13% Republican vs 32% Democratic.

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Harrison: Summit County bikers and the rules of the road

July 16, 2014 — 

Recently, as I was crossing the street on my way to work as usual, I almost got run over by a man on his bicycle. Bikes are certainly not out of the ordinary in Breckenridge, but what got me was that the man yelled at me as if it was my fault. I would like to remind all those happy bikers out there that as stated on the Town of Breckenridge website, “Both bicyclists and motorists are expected to follow the Colorado state traffic rules and regulations within Town limits.” And yes, that means stopping at stop signs, or at least slowing down to look for cars and pedestrians. So to the cranky bicyclist, you might want to re-read your driver’s ed manual.

Susan Harrison

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Flavell: Tread lightly on Tenderfoot Mountain

July 15, 2014 — 

For many years, I’ve walked my pooch along the peaceful path that winds through wildflowers and soul-soothing views, known as the Tenderfoot Trail. Tonight my heart grows heavy with the realization that construction of 21 miles of dirt bike/ATV trails behind the Tenderfoot Trail, on Tenderfoot Mountain, is to commence in the coming days. While I can tolerate the buzz of motors and my walks in the woods will continue, my concern is for the effects on the elk herd that make Tenderfoot Mountain its home as well as the general destruction of forest that is inevitable.

My husband and son have enjoyed many years of dirt-biking in many different places in Colorado and we know that there is constant conflict between human use and wildlife protection whenever recreational paths are proposed. While toys with motors aren’t my thing, I can respect those who enjoy them and so ... I humbly and respectfully ask all those who are planning on using the Tenderfoot Mountain trails to please, as far as possible, leave no trace, keep a respectful distance from animals, appreciate the amazing gift we have in Tenderfoot Mountain — it’s a special place.

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Regan: Don’t spike the football just yet, Senator Udall

July 15, 2014 — 

Re: “Lake Hill housing bill heads to White House for signature,” by Joe Moylan, July 11:

The Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act is long overdue and appears to be great news for the people of Summit County, especially those who work so hard to make this community great but can’t afford to live here. However, contrary to the tone of the article, I do not see this as a tremendous legislative accomplishment by Sens. Udall and Bennet and U.S. Rep. Polis. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the legislation. The Senate unanimously passed the legislation. Three squirrels probably could have gotten this legislation passed.

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Van Gorder: Protect Colorado winters from climate change

July 15, 2014 — 

Protect winter from climate change

Summit County businesses and ski resorts were fortunate this last ski season. Strong snowfall in the Rockies and drought around the country steered record numbers of skiers to our shops and slopes. Many Colorado mountain communities, including Breckenridge, posted record sales-tax revenue for this past ski season.

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Shelton: Dupuy misunderstands basic facts of Hobby Lobby case

July 11, 2014 — 

Dupuy misunderstands basic facts of Hobby Lobby case

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Summit County commissioners: Montezuma flood brought out the best in us

July 10, 2014 — 

Montezuma flood brought out the best in us

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Morey: Don’t leave dogs in the car, Summit County

July 9, 2014 — 

Every year when the mercury rises, canine companions are at risk for heatstroke or death when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die in as little as 15 minutes. Staying cool is extra tough for dogs because they can only reduce their internal temperature by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

Parked cars are fast-acting deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in mere minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

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Johnston: An ideology of guns and Jesus don’t mix

July 8, 2014 — 

Re: “Serving up a big helping of Second Amendment,” Monday, June 30:

I wonder what happens at Shooters when a customer complains about the food or the service or doesn’t leave a big enough tip. More importantly, I have to wonder what brand of Christianity Lauren Boebert embraces. Not the brand that Jesus Christ lived and died for, that’s for sure.

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Longcamp: Tina Dupuy distorts the Hobby Lobby debate

July 8, 2014 — 

Because Tina Dupuy seems to live and write in a fantasy world with little connection with reality, I seldom read her column. However, Wednesday she wrote on such an important subject that I read it and felt her false statements should be countered with factual information. First, she states that the Supreme Court’s ruling means that Hobby Lobby will “deny working women of childbearing age birth control coverage though the company’s insurance plan.” In fact, 16 of the 20 methods of birth control required by the Affordable Care Act still will be covered. Prior to the ACA, Hobby Lobby voluntarily covered birth control prescriptions. When (Hobby Lobby owners) the Greens learned that four such methods terminated new human life rather than prevent conception, they concluded they could not in good conscience provide these four. All other forms of birth control are still provided by their insurance. The non-covered prescriptions are not denied them and may be filled at the employee’s expense.

Second, this conviction, while religious for the Greens, is not limited to Evangelical Christians or just those with religious objections. Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Muslims and others who recognize science, also reject them, knowing that at fertilization a new human life has begun and is terminated, not prevented, by these four methods.

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McGahey: Remembering the Peak 1 patriots of 1989

July 4, 2014 — 

Twenty five years ago on July 4, 1989, I convinced my good friend Bill Gorham to climb up Peak 1 from Frisco to put an American Flag on the summit. I was 16 years old and he was 15. We had no hiking poles, vans for hiking shoes, garbage bags for rain jackets, duffel bags as backpacks. We carried our water in emptied out 2 liter Coke bottles, a huge walkie talkie which we used to communicate to our parents on the hour (as it was before the age of cell phones) and I was carrying an American flag and a small bag of cement.

Our adventure began in Frisco in Mountain Side, hiking up the trail towards Masontown. From Masontown, instead of taking the trail from Mount Royal, which we had no idea existed, we climbed directly up Mount Victoria’s avalanche path. It was extremely steep and tough going as every step resulted in a few inches of sliding back down. Once we reached the wind-torn summit of Mount Victoria, it was much easier, but still a long trek over to the rocky hills and multiple false summits up to the top of Peak 1.

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Hood: Town of Montezuma, Summit County rise to the occasion

July 1, 2014 — 

When times get tough, people come together and you really learn what a community is made of. A small flood wreaked havoc on Montezuma Road. The damage was significant. What happened next was unbelievable. Many county entities quickly got to work to solve a myriad of problems. The sheriff’s department was on the scene to coordinate this nightmare. Summit County Road and Bridge had their equipment up the road in a flash. There were many people behind the scenes trying to figure out solutions, such as where to put a temporary bridge and how to get one here quickly. Phone lines were repaired. The new mayor of Montezuma was thrown into the deep end and came up swimming! Lines of communication were formed. Landowners were consulted and agreements were made. Traffic plans were in place. The Red Cross sheltered some folks. The Summit Stage drivers were angels of mercy, helping cart bicycles, groceries, and residents while offering additional shuttles whenever possible. The BOCC, Thad Knoll, and Aaron Byrne from the Summit County Landfill have been working with us to combat some logistical issues for our Montezuma business. Key to the Rockies provided us with a refuge for our family.

We just wanted to say thanks. Many people worked very long hours to get us back to our homes. There is still a lot of work to do. We really appreciate all your efforts.

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