Letters to the Editor
Are you tired of not having cell service in the Lower Blue Valley? Are you tired of AT&T repeatedly backing out of its promise to build a cell tower north of Silverthorne? Go to FOLBR.org to sign our letter! Thanks to our County Commissioners, led by Karn Stiegelmeier, Congressman Jared Polis is ready to go to bat for us; but he needs a lot of citizens behind his efforts.
Over the past decade, FOLBR (Friends of the Lower Blue River) has tried intensively to establish cell service in the currently dead areas of the Lower Blue Valley. We have worked with AT&T to find the single best site for a tower. (This tower was to be shared with other cell companies, including Verizon.) The landowner and AT&T signed a lease agreement many months ago, having the solid support of the Summit County government. Now AT&T — once again — has cancelled indefinitely plans to build our tower.Learn more »
Re: Mike’s Littwin’s column, “The Bernie Sanders pope praises and rebukes Congress”
Leave it to Mike Littwin to sing the praises of a pope raised in leftist Argentina. (That country has done so well, no?) I doubt Littwin would have had much to say about his visit had the pope come out against Islamists drowning, raping, persecuting and slaughtering Christians in the Middle East rather than discussing putting guilty murderers to death for their crimes. The pope made no mention of the sentence of death by stoning of the 13-year-old girl for the “crime” of getting raped by 3 men in Somalia. You would think those items would be at the forefront of thoughts by the supposed leader of the Christian world.Learn more »
Re: Cesar Munoz’ diatribe on my challenge to Carrie Brown-Wolf’s flinging accusations that racism was behind Trump’s call for a border wall: Seems he can fling it, too. That’s the crux of my argument, Mr. Munoz, calling someone a racist because you disagree on policy is why we are so polarized today. Stop it!
He points out that the current immigration process “takes 10 years for a work VISA.” You don’t like a law — so just ignore it? Where does that logic get us?Learn more »
Re: “National boundaries are a fact of life” by David Gray
No need to paraphrase. I won’t be vague, Mr. Gray. Those who trumpet Donald’s call for a wall are “xenophobic racists” or ignorant. (See my letter to the editor, July 23, 2015.)Learn more »
My partner and I took our adopted 14-month-old son Felix to Breckenridge over Labor Day weekend. Everything was pleasant and lovely except for this black ribbon of death you mountain people call a bike path. It seemed like every time we stopped to enjoy the scenery, we were at the mercy of careening lycra-clad cyclists who blazed by within inches of us.
At a particularly pretty spot near lake Dillon, we asked riders to take our photo, but to no avail — until finally a fellow who went by the name of “Highball” took some splendid shots, and we shared some snacks. Thank goodness someone saw us in need. I’ll come back, but not on any bicycle, thank you very much.Learn more »
I wish to commend Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, for his well thought out article, “How to Rev the Growth Engine” in the September 17 edition of the Wall Street Journal. I don’t know Mr. Dimon’s political beliefs, nor do I care. Good ideas should be adopted by our leaders and those that seek higher office regardless of their source or political bias.
For too long our government leaders have addressed the problem du jour with no central focus. They end up pleasing no one and losing the trust of the people. The result has been something like Robert E. Lee’s comment regarding the Confederate Congress, “they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving.”Learn more »
I recently hiked the Acorn Creek area proposed for inclusion in the Continental Divide Wilderness legislation proposed by Congressmen Bennet and Polis. After seeing this incredible area, it becomes apparent why we need to preserve this area. It reminds me what a privilege it is to live in Summit County near our astounding wilderness areas that we are able to enjoy.
This legislation would not just mean more opportunities for outdoor recreation. I frequently hike trails in Summit County and ask hikers where they come from. More than half are visitors from outside the county and come specifically to enjoy our vast variety of trails and wilderness areas, which are a great boost to our small businesses and economy.Learn more »
McDonald’s pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.
Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production — including cage-free — also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with 5-6 others, in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.Learn more »
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Re: the proposed parking structure in Breckenridge.
I believe that more than 80% of the traffic into and out of Breckenridge is from the north. Why on earth would we want to cram all those cars into the south end of a very narrow town? Perhaps the “traffic experts” who advised on this matter never tried to drive ththrough town on a typical weekend, during ski season, and of late, in the summer. As it is, its almost impossible to turn across traffic at City Market, N. French, Watson (especially for buses), or Village Rd. As for the proposed round-about at 4 O’Clock Rd., I hope the design will come from someone other than the one who gave us the choke-point that passes for the current round-about at N. Park and Main.Learn more »
I just returned from Summit County after a month stay. I have been vacationing in Summit County during the summer months for over 10 years. During this stay, I saw no deer, moose, bighorn sheep or any wildlife except chipmunks. I did however see a hunter in full dress on a trail that had myself and many others (including children) enjoying the Summit County beauty. On one trailhead, a sign had been placed to remind hunters to be sure of their shot.
Hunters make up 5-6% of the American population, which means 95% do not hunt. I understand that hunters are very vocal and you will never be able to stop them but you might want to curb hunting unless you simply do not want any wildlife in the area.Learn more »
Thank you to Carrie Brown-Wolf for continuing to bring the suicide and mental health conversation into the light (September 9, “Tipping Points and Suicide”). Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the US and the leading cause of most suicide attempts. In the last year, more than 40,000 people have taken their own lives and an estimated 1 million suicide attempts have been made. September is Suicide Prevention Month and all of Summit County is invited to share in the education and awareness campaign activities scheduled in our schools and community. We are raising awareness about warning signs and symptoms and debunking societal myths around depression and suicide. We are implementing community, school staff, workforce, and health care provider evidence-based trainings and working toward understanding risk factors and screening for youth and adults. Let’s take care of our family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances by reaching out with compassion and understanding. For more information about being a partner in the Healthy Future Initiative Suicide Prevention programs and activities, please contact Laurie Blackwell at 668-9196.
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As a patient at High Country Healthcare and having recently had experience with Centura — through their ownership of St. Anthony’s Hospital in Frisco — I’m concerned by this announcement.
Recently, I visited my doctor at HCH, was advised to immediately get an MRI and was referred to St. Anthony’s ... immediately, as in drive-there-directly-from-HCH-and-get-it-done-right-away. Good news is that all tests revealed no serious health issues.Learn more »
Recently, Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier gave an informative presentation, sponsored by our local Sierra Club Headwaters Group, on the Colorado Water Plan. The plan, now being finalized among groups of stakeholders throughout Colorado, will determine the future of water here.
Since the Front Range has many more people than other parts of the state, they have more political clout than other regions – unless the state hears from many of us, from other regions, regarding the plan. For example, many people there want to keep diverting water from the Western Slope to the Front Range, so it can continue growing in population, watering its lawns and golf courses and postponing the implementation of stronger water conservation and efficiency standards. Diverting water, in the form of TransMountainDiversions (TMDs), however, will have negative impacts on our mountain communities since it will take water from here and divert it to the Front Range.Learn more »
I have been watching the Ruby Placer Annexation campaign and have been appalled at the fabrications and outright lies that are being circulated by its opposition. I had intended to not respond to the misrepresentations, but now that the opposition’s lies are about me and my family, I must set the record straight about a few things.
My family and I do not — nor have we ever had — any ownership interest in this property and/or this development. There is no scenario, regardless of the outcome of the vote, where I or any member of my family would directly benefit financially from this property or development. When the opposition says otherwise, they are lying.Learn more »
Vote “no” on Ruby Placer annexation
A “yes” vote will let Blue River annex property in Summit County and give the developer the right to build 68 residential units.Learn more »
There are so many hypocrisies in the article that I am not sure where to begin.Learn more »
It is time to sell to the public, and facts seem to be in short supply. However, a quick review of the documents on the town of Blue River website show a much different picture than what is being presented by the developer and landowner. Everything I will cover below can be found publicly, take a look for yourself.
Developer claim: “Ruby Placer is a residential community- there will be no commercial property.”Learn more »
This is in response to “Fear-mongering and deception” by Mark Kromholz. Mr. Krombolz did not provide his data source for the labor statistics that he quoted in his article but they seem to conflict with the official numbers reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
All of the labor statistics contained in my letter can be found on the BLS website. Mr. Kromholz appears to overstate his labor statistics. In 2008, when Mr. Obama took office, the civilian labor force totaled 154.4 million workers and today the BLS reported that number is 157.1 million. The increase of 2.7 million during Mr. Obama’s term in office differs significantly from Mr. Kromholz claim of 12.8 million jobs created. Also when Mr. Obama took office, the BLS reported an unemployment rate of 7.8%, not 9%. Today the BLS reported an unemployment rate of 5.1% (down from 5.3% in July), not Mr. Kromholz’s 5.5% rate.Learn more »
This is in response to “An exchange of ideas” by Kim McGahey, Summit Republican Party chairman’s letter on Friday, August 28. I wasn’t there at the bank when you were “harassed” by a local blind liberal, but I would like to clarify some generalized statements you made in your letter:
Yes, the Dow lost about 2,000 points from when the market closed on Monday, August 17 to the close on Tuesday, August 25. But then, it gained 1,000 points two days later. There is a lot of volatility in the markets of late but don’t forget the Dow has doubled from when Obama took office to the close on Monday, August 31, 2015.Learn more »
I appreciate all the variety of opinions presented in the Summit Daily each week, some I occasionally even agree with. The segments written under the umbrella of “Writers on the Range” are often related to my passion, which is the outdoors.
However, I rarely have been so offended nor disagreed with a column as much as I did parts of Alex Simon’s on Saturday, Aug. 29 (“Just don’t call him a hunter”). What he calls a sportsman is absolutely not what they represent.Learn more »
On September 15, the town of Blue River will vote in a special election on whether to annex the Ruby Placer development into the town. After public open forums over the last 14 months about this annexation, at the July board of trustee’s meeting, we voted for a resolution that supports Ruby Placer being annexed into the town. We feel this development will enhance our community on many levels and will not only benefit homeowners who live in Ruby Placer, but also the entire town. These benefits provided by the owners include:
1. Building a community center for the town;Learn more »
With the new school year just beginning, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies, and lunches. Yes, school lunches!
In past years, the USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not surprisingly, one-third of children have become overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.Learn more »
I applaud the forward looking views of the town in planning to improve parking before it is a crisis.
However, it would be more equitable if the proposed tax to build expanded parking in Breckenridge (i.e., F-Lot structure, etc.) targets those who typically bring automobiles into Summit County while visiting and parking to ski.Learn more »
I’d like to thank Sen. Mike Bennet following his announcement that he’ll be working in the senate to permanently protect 58,000 acres in the Eagle and Summit Counties. In doing so, he has reaffirmed his commitment, alongside U.S. Representative Jared Polis, to conservation and the protection of our natural environment.
As anyone who has visited Colorado knows, we are blessed with a beautiful state and an abundance of recreational opportunities from hunting, skiing, and hiking to mountain biking. I’m especially supportive of this effort because it has been a community driven process ensuring all existing uses will be permitted when enacted as law.Learn more »
I was flabbergasted by the large ad on page 17 in the August 26 edition.
The Green Solution — Colorado’s best mountain dispensary (their words, not mine) — used a picture of a mountain climber to promote their cannabis products with the tags: Better Concentrates, Better Flower, Better Climbing.Learn more »
I attended the Breckenridge town council meeting Tuesday evening. I came to the meeting frustrated with the Vail Resorts corporation for bullying my town and frustrated with town leadership for thinking a simple solution to a problem was more taxes. When two parties begin airing their differences in public, the odds of finding mutually agreeable solutions are low. The town council and Vail Resorts defied those odds. I commend them both.
The town of Breckenridge and Vail Resorts are joined at the hip. A deal in which one side wins all and the other loses would have caused long-term paralysis. This agreement is not perfect, but it’s sustainable, it works. The town is getting less tax revenue by restricting the tax to the winter ski season and will not tax season ticket holders. Vail in turn is guaranteeing a minimum of $3.5 million annually in tax revenue, reducing the financial risk to the town. All threats and finger pointing have ended.Learn more »
It goes without saying that police officers, firefighters and rescue personnel do not get enough recognition for their commitment to serve and protect us.
Last week, at four in the morning, I was driving myself to the emergency department in Frisco with a major headache. A half a mile from the hospital, I was pulled over by Officer Aaron Trainor. He quickly realized my situation and followed me to the ER, contacting them to let them know I was coming.Learn more »
For the second year in a row, the USA Pro Challenge and the town of Breckenridge has ignored the rights of the property owners of The Blazing Saddles Commercial and Condominium Association.
Your guests, vendors and race organizers — without seeking permission — have caused numerous problems for our residents and businesses. Our parking lot is the last big lot on Park Avenue. We pay for it and use it for our residents and business customers.Learn more »
The town of Blue River will provide ballots for a special election regarding the Ruby Placer annexation. Many residents of Blue River have worked hard to give fellow residents a right to vote on the future on our town.
Our town trustees have worked hard at denying our right to vote with emergency annexation of Ruby Placer. Emergency ordinances do not allow a vote — hence, you have no voice on important matters.Learn more »