Letters to the Editor

Anderson: Colorado conservation alive and well (letter)

August 27, 2015 — 

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.

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Pickell: Climbing and cannabis shouldn't mix (letter)

August 26, 2015 — 

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.

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Schnobrich: Town of Breckenridge and Vail Resorts joined at the hip (letter)

August 26, 2015 — 

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.

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Beeler: Thanks for Summit County's first responders (letter)

August 26, 2015 — 

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.

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Pro Challenge a curse for Breckenridge condo association (letter)

August 26, 2015 — 

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.

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Weiss: The plain truth about the Ruby Placer annexation (letter)

August 26, 2015 — 

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.

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Smith: Pro Challenge an obstacle to public safety (letter)

August 25, 2015 — 

I was coming down Ski Hill Road recently during the race and watched an ambulance take about four minutes to drive from City Market to Ski Hill.

Is the bike race more important than someone’s life? I think the sense of entitlement these cyclists enjoy is pathetic.

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Callison: High concert volume does not equal high-quality experience (letter)

August 25, 2015 — 

We are music lovers, and the free concerts offered throughout Summit (and Eagle) County are some of our favorite summer events. And, we greatly appreciate our towns and other organizations that work hard to treat us locals and visitors to them, free of charge.

We do feel one concern should be voiced, however. An example of this concern occurred Saturday afternoon. We met some friends at Keystone’s Mountain Town Music Festival, anticipating good music and a good time in River Run Village. But, when the headliners, Delta Rae, took the stage, the volume was so high that we couldn’t stand being anywhere near the stage. We immediately moved to the very back of the crowd, but it was still too loud. Our friends left after the first 2 songs. We inserted our earplugs, stuck it out for a couple more songs, then left ourselves (after complaining to a Keystone Neighborhood Assoc. staffer, which did no good). It was a shame because the young musicians had talent and could have been enjoyable; but the high volume reduced that talent to excruciating, loud noise.

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Girvin: Time for Vail Resorts to stop the lies about transit tax (column)

August 20, 2015 — 

Disingenuous” is a word that people use when they are trying to find a nice way to say that someone, or some entity, is lying. And to be fair, “disingenuous” is more nuanced, meaning lacking frankness, candor and sincerity; deceivingly simple. Synonyms are: deceitful, dishonest, distorted, insincere, deceptive, duplicitous and underhanded.

It is time to call out Vail Resorts, Inc. on their disingenuous claims about the proposed Breckenridge transit tax and shed some light on their disingenousnesses (I made that word up; it’s a nice way of saying “lies.”)

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Selfish in Summit (letter)

August 20, 2015 — 

Hurried New Yorkers, overextended in every direction, are notoriously rude. But, for 18 years, my wife and I have been summering in our modest unit in Breckenridge in part to escape the explainable bad manners of ultra-busy New Yorkers. This year, however, we’ve observed a difference in the usual pleasant, friendly, laid-back behavior of the people who reside in and visit Summit County and its neighboring communities.

Here are some examples:

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Abrams: Hurray for Donald Trump (letter)

August 19, 2015 — 

The Trump candidacy has created a firestorm within the political establishment and the pundits who cover it — that “we the people” would actually consider someone for our highest office who they can’t control.

Trump has the resources to finance his own campaign and be beholding to no one, which I find refreshing. While his “speak” is not always politically correct, he appears to say what he believes, a rarity with most politicians. So, whatever your political affiliation might be, take some time to discern what Mr. Trump has to say.

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Goldstein: Dillon's current businesses support the public good (letter)

August 19, 2015 — 

In your article about “urban renewal” in Dillon, Mayor Kevin Burns says, “The key is it must always be for the public good ... it must benefit residents in the long run.”

I wonder how ripping up an open space on LaBonte St. to put in condos benefits residents. I wonder how getting rid of a laundromat, a Mexican grocery/butcher shop and a sports bar/pizza restaurant would be for the public good. (Maybe they aren’t tourist draws, but they sure are of use to the people who live here year-round.) I wonder how getting rid of the town’s only convenience store (at the Conoco station) and Italian restaurant (Adriano’s) to put in a hotel is a benefit for the townspeople.

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Breckenridge's Great Parking Debate of 2015 (letter)

August 18, 2015 — 

The Great Parking Debate of 2015

It appears to me that the town of Breckenridge and Vail Resorts are on a collision course for a “shootout” to resolve the Great Parking Debate of 2015! Certainly, the propaganda campaigns appear to be in full swing. Is one of the parties wearing a black hat? It’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad without the proper attire. Perhaps we could have the “shootout” on Main Street sometime in October (between the Oktoberfest and Dew Tour) — publicizing and selling tickets to boost visitor nights ... oh, but then we’d need more parking. Does this sound a bit silly?

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McManus: Speed ruining rec path safety (letter)

August 18, 2015 — 

We have owned our property in Frisco for eight years. We have paid taxes to support the area and backed the economy by buying local ... liberally!

As senior citizens, we have loved walking and riding the paved recreational paths in Summit County. However, our level of comfort in using these areas that we have helped finance has plummeted. Daredevil longboarders as well as bikers whose goal is to ride as fast as they can without regard or courtesy warnings to others is not acceptable. These people do not own the recpaths, any more than we casual bikers do, but they seem to treat them as their own personal race track. Dangerous behavior cannot be tolerated. I am astonished that there is even discussion of this subject!

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The Donald strikes back (letter)

August 15, 2015 — 

Poor baby!

The man who brags ad nauseum about his negotiations with the Titans of the Industrial World and how — through his superior intellect and skills — has been able to obtain a net worth of over 10 billion dollars.

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Ruby Placer owner speaks on controversial project (letter)

August 15, 2015 — 

I am a 22-year resident of Summit County. My family fell in love with Ruby Placer when we first saw it. We raised our children here, made trails around the property, built our home, attended meetings for others wanting to annex/build in Blue River and have always supported thoughtful progress.

I love this land and will always protect its nature. On Sept. 15, Blue River voters have an opportunity to vote in a special election to annex Ruby Placer. It is simply a vote to annex the property into the town. I want others to be able to live and raise children here.

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'Dog butt where my groceries might be tomorrow' (letter)

August 13, 2015 — 

First of all, I’m an animal lover.

I’m still sad over the fact that I had to put down my cat last year after 22 years of faithful companionship. But, I’ve had it with people who let their dogs intrude where they are not allowed or welcome.

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Liddick's foreign policy credentials lacking (letter)

August 13, 2015 — 

I congratulate Mr. Liddick on the catchy title alliteration of “murderous mullahs” in his August 11 column. Unfortunately, that seems to be the high point of his screed.

Perhaps Mr. Liddick’s foreign policy credentials are more extensive than I assume; he neglects to mention them at all. Regardless, I find it curious that such moderate forums as the Economist, The New York Times and even the American Conservative all find the Iran deal a positive outcome for the U.S. There’s not room here to cover the minutiae of arms inspections and sanctions renewal in the proposed deal, but the sober and professional analysis of experts at those sources leads one to a much less alarming conclusion than Liddick’s, though one less suited to sound bites.

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Summit County Rescue Group lives up to its name (letter)

August 12, 2015 — 

Very recently, I needed help getting down the last 2 miles of the Meadow Creek Trail. The response from the Summit County Rescue Group deserves public recognition -—their speed to the scene, ability to quickly assess my situation and skill in getting me down some challenging terrain was beyond impressive. The performance of this team of volunteers reflects an extraordinary level of personal time, training and commitment to public safety. For all of us who enjoy hiking, biking and boating in Summit County, it is great to know that this first-rate team is there to help if needed. Thanks to those that helped me and to all of the some 60 volunteers that comprise the rescue group.

Jim Parkinson

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Not on board with discourteous daredevils (letter)

August 12, 2015 — 

This longboarding article is disturbing. While some of the boarders who stand on their boards (excuse my ignorance of the nuances) seem safe enough, we still give them a wide berth. However, the longboarders who are lying on their backs, feet first, show no common courtesy, not to mention any semblance of safety for themselves much less others. I’ve witnessed near accidents and they’ve flown by me and my riding partner going about 50 mph without so much as a word. No “on your left” or “coming through” and certainly no slowing down for anyone. All with no brakes. I feel that conveyances such as theirs with no brakes should be banned from the path before someone is seriously injured or killed by their recklessness.

I called the sheriff after one such Saturday where I felt it was a miracle no one was injured by this one particular young man’s speed demon daredevil actions. The officer told me to call when it was actually happening, as though they would ever be able to catch the guy! There needs to be some enforcement of rec path ordinances, at the very least on weekends. It would also be helpful if bike rental companies would counsel their renters to move all the way off the pavement when they stop, as this seems to be the most common violation of guest users. I know, it seems like common sense….

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Jury duty disdain a shame (letter)

August 12, 2015 — 

This is in response to Judge Romero’s article on August 6 “Jury duty is a patriotic duty.”

I was one of the potential jurors called to duty on July 21 and sat through the process of selecting jurors for five hours before they dismissed us due to a lack of attendees. This was my first experience of serving on a jury and was therefore not sure what to expect. I was probably one of the few people there who was happy to do my duty and would gladly have sat through a three day trial. I was shocked at the negative response I got from the majority of the prospective jurors and also at the intensity of people’s efforts to avoid becoming a juror. I know many long term residents who have never received a jury summons and others, like my daughters, who are not citizens but legal aliens who receive multiple summons. I agree with Annette Kubek — there is obviously something wrong with the whole process.

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Welcome to Breckenridge, but please don't litter (a poem)

August 12, 2015 — 

Cigarette butts here,

Cigarette butts there!

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Just don't marry another man if it bothers you so much

August 11, 2015 — 

It appears that a Mr. James Copp of Silverthorne (The Daily Mail, Aug. 7) is greatly discomfited by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding gay marriage (or, as he so annoyingly refers to it, gay “marriage”). He states that this decision (Obergefell v. Hodges, 26 June 2015) “puts us in the position of having to ignore a federal law or a higher law.”

I’m a gay man who got married on the day Obergefell v. Hodges was handed down, and I’m just fine with it. What Copp means, of course, is that it puts himself in the ridiculous position he describes. If the thought of marrying another man gives him such an acute case of what is known to the medical profession as “ick,” then he must just refrain from marrying another man. It’s really quite magnificent, this simplicity.

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Supporting gay marriage doesn't equate to anti-Christian (letter)

August 11, 2015 — 

In his August 7 reply to my July 28 letter, James Copp states that I believe the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage “is right only because it is in line with (my) belief.” Actually, Mr. Copp, the decision is right because this is America, a country that is supposed to treat its citizens with equality. This status cannot possibly be achieved without the existence of marriage equality, a fact that Mr. Copp does not understand.

Mr. Copp also does not seem to understand that offering homosexual couples a civil union is not a viable solution since a civil union does not include all the legal rights that a marriage does. If heterosexuals are given more rights than homosexual ones, then America is not treating all its citizens equally under the law — something which is inexcusable for our great nation.

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EPA fixes end in disaster (letter)

August 11, 2015 — 

The EPA’s disastrous “fix” that fouled the Animas River caused damage that pales in comparison to the damage they will cause with their proposal for “carbon control” from power plants. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but an essential ingredient in the Earth’s ecosystem. Human emission of CO2 is trivial compared to its natural sources and sinks, and there is not one iota of reliable evidence that CO2, at only 0.05 percent of the atmosphere, has any effect on weather, climate or human health.

Our current system for power generation from fossil fuels is working fine. A natural market evolution for the use of natural gas to replace coal is presently underway and is yielding less expensive and more efficient electric power generation.

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Breckenridge parking garage will only increase downtown traffic (letter)

August 9, 2015 — 

The proposal from the town of Breckenridge to put a parking deck at the F-Lot is a terrible idea for both visitors and locals alike. Having a parking deck at that location will only cause further issues with traffic, which is already practically grid-locked at the end of the ski day and on busy summer days. I have heard that there is a proposal to add roundabouts near the parking deck; however, there will be stop lights bookending either side of them, rendering them useless. As someone without a penny to gain from gridlocking tourists into town after a day of skiing, it appears to me that the best place for a parking deck would be at the South Gondola parking lot or even the Airport Lot so that all of those vehicles could get out of town without an hour-long headache in traffic.

The issue of taxing all of the pass holders and day ticket customers makes this deal even more sour for those of us who already avoid Breckenridge due to the massive crowds. I personally would never park in this parking deck, despite paying for part of it. What needs to be taken into account is the visitor experience, of both nearby locals and people from out of state, and not how much money the town can get out of each person that comes here.

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Willing and ready to serve on a Summit County jury (letter)

August 9, 2015 — 

Regarding Judge Karen Romero’s call for citizens to serve as jurors, I would be honored to serve. I know many people who are regularly call for jury duty — at least once a year. It saddens me to say that as a county homeowner for nearly 12 years, I have never, even once, been summoned. I would be interested to hear if others in the community are in the same boat. If so, then clearly there’s a problem with the process.

Annette Kubek

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Your mom doesn't work at the post office (letter)

August 9, 2015 — 

If the recycle bins supplied by the post office are full, then you have to take your un-wanted mail home or to the recycling center yourself! It’s a far too often occurrence to walk into the Dillon Post Office and see the place littered with left over garbage and mail. The bins are quite frequently over flowing and people continue to add to the pile that ends up all over the floors and counters.

Thanks to the post office for providing these recycling bins.

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Summit County firefighters rescue cat from lodgepole pine (letter)

August 9, 2015 — 

I’d like to send out a big thank you to Lake Dillon Fire Rescue.

Our indoor cat snuck out of the house two nights ago. He climbed a 30 foot lodgepole pine tree and clung on to the top branches of the tree. He cried up there for 30 hours. We tried coaxing him down with food, shaking him out of the tree and climbing our 20 foot ladder (still 10 feet out of reach). The firemen came to the rescue. Jonathan Hannum climbed a 30 foot ladder to save him. He was assisted by his peers Taylor Reifschneider, Kyle Iseminger and Rob Swier. I had googled ways to get your cat down from tree. They all said don’t call the fire department. They won’t help. Well, our fire fighters did. I am so fortunate to be living in such a tight-nit and loving community.

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Willing to the answer the jury call (letter)

August 8, 2015 — 

I am in complete agreement with Judge Karen Romeo’s guest column and Judge Thomas Gallen’s response regarding jury duty. However, I have the opposite situation. I have been eligible to serve on a jury for 50 years and have never been asked to serve! I am fascinated by the legal system and would love to be on a jury!

So I am curious, where do counties find their jury pools? I have been a registered voter and driver my entire time in Colorado. I have lived in the same county for 37 years and before that, 13 years in the same county in another state. My father was called for jury duty less than a year after moving to my county.

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