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Cheers and jeers

Jeers: To the U.S. Postal Service which just several weeks ago won plaudits for allowing recycling bins back into Summit County Post Offices. Now, it’s obvious the Post Office still doesn’t get it. The limited bins allowed back in the post office are not doing the job that Summit County citizens expect. The Postal Service is clear that recycling is part of its mission statement. So why the ridiculous actions taking place in Summit County? Let Summit Recycling Project put adequate bins back in the post offices and work out a reasonable pick-up schedule.

Cheers: To White River National Forest Supervisor Martha Ketelle for reversing a decision Thursday about the Peak 1 commemorative hike in honor of the 9-11 victims. The day before, the news was the hike permit was denied. Of course, there’s still the matter of replacing the Peak 1 flag. Ketelle is willing to wink at it this year. Next year, the whole issue is up for grabs again.

Jeers: To the U.S. Forest Service ruling against squatters. No longer will “long-term campers” be allowed to spend their summers in the woods. No one may camp in any forest in Colorado for more than 28 days within a 60-day period under the new rules. This rule will send the tiny population of land-loving and self-sustaining individuals indoors.



Cheers: To Gary Lindstrom for stepping up to run for state representative to serve our interests in Denver. Summit County will need to rally behind its favorite son big time, both in the primary and general elections. Eagle County holds all of the cards with its larger voting population. In the 2002 general election, incumbent Carl Miller of Leadville, a Democrat, won because voters from Lake and Summit counties overcame Eagle County.

Cheers: To the Backstage Theatre’s presentation of “The Vagina Monologues” this past Friday. It was performed at the Silverthorne Town Pavilion before a packed house of enthusiastic women and slightly outnumbered, somewhat nervous men. I marveled at the high level of acting and several times through the evening thought that I was witnessing imported talent from Denver or New York. We are very fortunate to have this kind of quality theater here in Summit County. Thank you Backstage for a performance that was both very funny and poignant.



– John Warner, Breckenridge

Cheers: For the creation of the East Moonstone Trail near Breckenridge. I rode it this past Monday and it was great fun. It will serve as a terrific link between the town of Breckenridge and the Sallie Barber Trail. The town, Summit County staff and Open Space programs from the town and county did a great job from the visioning process, to the purchase, to negotiating with adjacent landowners for a trail alignment, to the actual construction of the trail. Thanks should also go to the landowners for their willingness to participate in the process.

– John Warner, Breckenridge

Cheers: To Keystone founder Max Dercum for having the frontside peak named for him at the resort. Max is 90 years old and one of our ski industry pioneers. Suggestion to the Summit Historical Society: How about archiving and documenting ski industry history while we still have a number of the original pioneers able to relate it first-hand.

Cheers: To the Summit High School Volleyball team for winning its first match under new coach Darren Buckner. Girls volleyball is one of the most exciting high school sports. This year, a change to rally scoring has quickened the game even more. Go to a game and see what we mean.

Opinions published in this space, unless otherwise indicated, are formulated by members of the Summit Daily News editorial board: Michael Bennett, Jim Pokrandt, Jason Starr, Rachel Toth, Reid Williams, Aidan Leonard and Martha Lunsky. If readers want to submit a “Cheer” or “Jeer,” send them in under the same rules as letters to the editor.


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