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Thumbs up, Thumbs down is a short take on events or issues that we find agreeable and not so agreeable.

Send your Thumbs up or Thumbs down to Editor Whitney Childers at

wchilders@summitdaily.com or by mail to P.O. Box 329, Frisco, CO, 80443

Thumbs Down:

To “aggressive” ski instructors. The following is from Al in Iowa who is siding with Michael Woods who pleaded guilty last week to charges of harassment that stemmed from a skier rage incident in December.

“How about some ski area employees taking an ego management class. If someone skied on top of my skis and proceeded to reach into my clothes, I would have decked them also. That was an aggressive move by the instructor. Some of them, and this includes ski patrol, act like mountain gods. Thanks for listening. P.S. By The way, I am an instructor.”

Thumbs Up:

To local authorities for making an arrest in the skier rage incident and to the promotion of anger management classes.

No matter how verbally ugly things get on the mountain, that’s never an excuse to get physically abusive. Come on folks, we’re all adults here, or at least we can pretend to be.

Thumbs Down:

From several readers who declined to leave their name on Summit Daily News voice-mails and e-mails: These readers thought it was completely unfair for a recent house fire in Breckenridge to be blamed on a kitten.

Apparently, firefighters concluded the kitty – now deceased – may have turned on the stove by accident, which ignited a fire.

As one reader put it, “It’s the responsibility of the owners of the home to make sure the kitten was left in safe conditions.”

Thumbs Down:

To our recent article on the county’s new CSP motorcycle trooper. Apparently, this new handy-dandy trooper isn’t the first motorcycle-driving law officer our county has seen.

According to our good friends (county commissioners and all-around Summit County trivia experts), we’ve had three motor-troopers in our history.

But, despite our trusting nature, this was indeed the first “biker with a badge,” we were wrong. We’re sure he will make a safe environment for Summit County motorists. Good luck Cpl. Brett Williams.

Thumbs Down:

To some audience members and participants at last weekend’s bikini contest at Copper Mountain for taking it a little too far. While we support wild and crazy times here in Summit County, many people (especially women) were put-off by the audience chants of “show your boobs” as women skied down the mountain. The sad thing? Many of the women did.

Time to grow up boys and girls. But, on the bright side, Harry Trubonis would have been proud.


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