Letters to the Editor
Health care costs impact Summit’s small businesses
As small business owners, the consistently rising and unpredictable costs of health care are a worry when we are planning out our budgets and seeking to provide for our families and encouraging our employees to plan, as well.Learn more »
All votes matter
This is in response to the Frisco town councilman’s decision to not accept the position he recently won: I think it should only be proper that the town hold a special election to fill this vacant seat.Learn more »
Eating is an environmental act
With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.Learn more »
Dear Madame Secretary Penny Pritzker
As a billionaire, current Commerce Secretary and regular speaker at the Aspen Institute, you stated yesterday on NPR that President Obama wants the feds to encourage “competition.”Learn more »
Summit fights against the status quo
Summit County has one of the highest health-insurance premiums in the nation. We hear it in the news daily and feel it in our wallets every time we go to the doctor or buy medication at the pharmacy.Learn more »
More than a bathroom battle
I’m writing to offer a very different perspective on North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law than that of Morgan Liddick in his April 5 On Your Right column, “Bathrooms: The New Battlefield.”Learn more »
The war machine clatters onLearn more »
Challenging Marmins’ claimsLearn more »
Mayor Mamula has a ring to itLearn more »
Along came MarminsLearn more »
Taking issue with Marmins’ campaign claimsLearn more »
Debunking Marmins’ positionsLearn more »
Please vote for Nadalin, Camp, Shattuck and KieberLearn more »
Coloradans can affect healthcare changeLearn more »
Tanya Shattuck for town councilLearn more »
Support Dudick for town councilLearn more »
Liberty does not stand alone as a valueLearn more »
Vote for Burley in town council raceLearn more »
Nadalin, Camp, Shattuck and Kieber deserve your voteLearn more »
SILVERTHORNE TOWN COUNCIL
Support for JoAnne NadalinLearn more »
The events that unfolded at the Trump rallies this last week were absolutely indicative of what our society has degenerated into, the absolute intolerance of the progressive/liberal/socialist/totalitarian left on display and resorting to any means (virtually none of them honorable) to stop the exercise of any speech they disagree with.
Those of us that have sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution find this not only offensive, but an actual denial of those freedoms that we have put our lives on the line and at risk to defend.Learn more »
If you search the phrase “vail resorts commitment to environment” you’ll get many hits, mostly to press releases in which Vail sings its own praises. This commitment doesn’t extend to making sure our landfills aren’t unnecessarily being filled with glass.
I’m a full time resident at Keystone, and suddenly the recycle bins in all condos say no glass. In the resort, there are still recycle cans that don’t ban glass, so I would take my glass there. But people who work here tell me they are being dumped into the trash — plastic and glass. They told me the blame goes to Waste Management, that they reject the glass.Learn more »
We can be grateful to live in a community that has a long tradition of great leadership. In the Breckenridge Town Council election, Wendy Wolfe is the only incumbent running for re-election. She along with the mayor, council and town staff can be justly proud of their accomplishments in the past four years. We are fortunate to have a slate of qualified candidates, but when you are casting your vote, I urge you to cast one vote for Wendy Wolfe to affirm the progress that has been made and the direction for the work ahead on major issues facing the town. Wendy Wolfe has earned our support. Wendy has worked hard, is always prepared, and has pushed for the passage of many issues that have shaped our community in a positive way. She pushed hard for the shared funding solution between the town and ski resort that led to the success of November’s 2A vote. In 2017 a funding stream of $7 million annually will be available to address parking, transportation, and congestion. Wendy served on the capital campaign committee for the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center that raised over $2 million to make the project a true community effort. If you are like me, and love the entrance to town with its rock walls, landscaped median, banners and flower baskets, you can thank Wendy for her hard work and input. Wendy will continue to work the current irons in the fire producing needed workforce housing and quality affordable child care for working families. Wendy understands that our community needs to be successful, but not at the cost of losing our quality of life we all love so dearly; and to get there our marketing needs to be strategic and focused. Please vote Wendy Wolfe for town council.
Larry CrispellLearn more »
I am writing to endorse JoAnne Nadalin for re-election to the Silverthorne City Council and to endorse Bob Kieber for election to the council.
For the last few years, I have served with JoAnne on the HOA board in our neighborhood. She has been extremely helpful not only with her complete command of all financial issues, but also with her detailed research on the topic of the day. She is always prepared to identify and interpret the relevant rule, law and/or covenant that applies to that topic. Her focus is always on what is best for the community and town.Learn more »
We are most fortunate in Silverthorne to have four candidates who each have the background, knowledge and understanding to immediately provide our community with the necessary leadership to make informed decisions concerning land issues, economic development and vision for a dynamic community moving forward. All have had prior planning-commission experience that is so essential from the onset.
I solicit your support to re-elect Russ Camp and JoAnne Nadalin and to elect Bob Kieber and Tanya Shattuck, both of whom are ready to step up.Learn more »
Needed a good laugh, and you came through. It’s OK to denigrate the democratic candidates; you have been doing it for seven years now.Learn more »
After 20 years of living here, I’m writing my first letter. While I agree with most of Kim McGahey’s letter Friday, there are some issues to bring up. Which candidate is the most truthful? Evidence points to Sanders. The rest have big corporations and super PACs backing them. Cruz and Rubio have some good ideas but also have very conservative agendas that would be their priorities. Trump and Clinton are both scary propositions for president. Which leads me to my main point. Why are we stuck with this two-party system? Since I could vote (1980 election), it’s always been the lesser of two evils. How about a third party, a middle of the road, common sense party. I believe in term limits and if congress can’t get anything done, they shouldn’t get paid. And they should have to live by the same rules the public lives by — no lifetime pay, no government health care, etc. So until that happens, vote them out unless you know they’re doing a good job. And vote for someone who is not part of the established political scene. It is time we take back our country and if you want something, work for it. Teach your kids that. Hard work made this country great and laziness and apathy are going to bring it down.
Pat MoranLearn more »
Come on guys, are you serious about there being a water shortage along the Colorado River?
Having stayed in Vail and Breckenridge for a number of years, it never ceases to amaze me that showers and taps throw out water like a dam spillway. When this is addressed and real reforms, like charging more for water so that people choose to use less (it works!), then the argument about a “shortage” will have credibility. Until then the cries appear to be more like sabre rattling from folk who do not want to change (old) existing habits.Learn more »
This week, the Summit Daily published an article discussing how common it is for oil field workers to die from inhaling toxic fumes and how outdated the technology and regulations are that should be preventing this from happening. As a Colorado citizen, it does not sit well with me knowing that young people are dying to produce the energy and fuel I use.
Working in oil fields is a very dangerous job. According to an NPR report, 138 workers were killed while at work in 2012, and this number is on the rise. While the Summit Daily article discussed the possibility of using expensive technologies to make oil field work safer or trying to change regulations to protect workers, I believe it would make more sense to put our time and energy into searching for a better source of fuel and energy.Learn more »
I must take issue with statements from Kim McGahey, Summit County Republican Chairman, in a letter posted in the Summit Daily News on Friday, March 11, in which he questions liberal progressive values, asks us to “vote for truth” and gives the Bible and the Constitution as sources rejecting that the “government is obligated to” help the poor “at taxpayer expense.” Republicans, during this election year seem to live in a fact free world. In fact, the Constitution states to promote “the general welfare” and the message of the New Testament can be summarized as one of “love and compassion.” In our capitalistic and market place society, there are winners and losers. However, the top 1 percent wants it all and leaves nothing for the bottom 50 percent. The facts are, as stated by the recognized world standard measurement of social progress, the 2015 Social Progress Index, the United States, as ranked against other nations, ranks 35th in meeting basic human needs, 39th in basic education, has the highest first day infant mortality rate and the highest child poverty rate (21 percent) among industrialized nations. That’s one in every five children living in poverty! We can do better than that. The 1960s Great Society drove down the general U.S. poverty rate from 23 percent to 13 percent, but it is now back up to 16 percent. How do we combat all of the growth and income going to the top 1 percent and eighty people owning 50 percent of the world’s wealth? In my opinion, voters are looking for progressive answers, which calls for a change in our culture that promotes income growth equality, quality education, affordable healthcare and is religiously neutral.
Carl M. BirkelbachLearn more »