Lt. Dan – at 4 Eagle Ranch last week

by  Buddy Sims (photography) and the fans of VFW Post 10721 Minturn, Colorado

Lt. Dan (a.k.a. Gary Sinise) stopped by 4 Eagle Ranch last week to join the members of VFW Post 10721 in a Fund raiser for the Board of Amerson Music Ministries and the Gary Sinise Foundation.  Gary’s Foundation (among others) helps build new homes for disabled Veterans all over the U.S.  Also on hand was Congressional Medal of Honor winner (Sammy Lee Davis – Vietnam) enjoying the festivities and music.

Interesting Factoid:  In making the movie Forest Gump – actual video footage was used of Sammy Lee Davis being presented his Medal of Honor from (then) President Johnson – actor Tom Hanks (head) was superimposed over Sammy Davis’s head – in that movie/video scene to make it look as though Forest was being presented with a Medal of Honor.

L-R   Buddy Sims, Larry Trotter, Gary Sinise (Lt. Dan), Jim Kleckner, VFW Post Commander – Pete Thompson.

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Not to be confused with Forest Gump – Here is a photo of the real- Sammy Lee Davis with wife Dixie (2nd from right).  Photo at the Eagle County Airport (KEGE) last week.

L-R  Captain Robert Baron, Firefighter Kevin Rindy, Firefighter Mike Friel, Larry Trotter, Buddy Sims, Sammy Davis with his wife Dixie.

Meanwhile – more Music festivities at yesterday’s Farmer’s Market in Vail…

Viva La Femmes!  You look ‘Maaahvelous’…er…we mean Fabulous!

It’s hard to beat a Singing Trio that keeps their drinks – out front and their inflatable Guitars stowed safely behind them!  It could only be… The Fabulous Femmes – unmistakable!  L-R (Femme Fatale)  Kathy Morrow, Beth Swearingen and Sally Peterson

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Foregetaboutit–Avon City Council!

by   Clayton Moore

No Means NO! – Avon City Council!

Fact is:  Avon Voters said “NO” to your Tax Question on the November 2013 Ballot!

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The answer is still NO!  Avon Councilmembers!  Stop turning Avon into Eagle County, Colorado’s #1 Tax Town!

Avon – Colorado’s #1 Tax Town? 

FACT:  Buying a home or condo in Avon costs you 2% (Real Estate Transfer Tax) to “buy in” and another 2% of your hard earned money – when you choose to sell your home and get out!  4% of your Avon Real Estate Investment paid to the local Government – now add to this the Real Estate Commission you pay a Realtor when you go to sell your home – and it’s easy to see why home prices in Avon – are not appreciating!  Wake up folks!

FACT:  Avon Property Owners just absorbed (2014) a new and additional Property Tax increase this year from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District!

FACT:  The Eagle County Fire Protection District – also passed a new Permanent Property Tax increase in Avon, on the November 2012 ballot!  Ballot Question 5A.

Question:  Can you TRUST your Avon City Council to make good, Taxpayer responsible decisions?

NO!  Proof?  The Avon lawsuit against Traer Creek has cost the Avon Taxpayer ~$3Avon-Wal~Mart-Tax-9JUL2014 Million in legal fees…(nothing has been resolved) and still the Lawsuit goes on today!  Monday, July 21st 2014.

FACT:  As a point of “lawsuit settlement” the current Avon Town Council agreed to a new increased Sales Tax – that has raised the Sales Tax you pay at the Avon Wal~Mart – now to almost 10% (9.549%)

FACT:  It took “years” for the lake in Avon (actual Avon lake photo below) to be repaired to the point it could be used for Recreation again.  How can a reasonable Taxpayer trust what their Avon City Council is telling them about the cost and time frame to “improve” Avon’s existing Rec Center – if you agree to their (November 2014) Tax plan?

The Good News?  Yes!   4 Avon City Council seats are up for election this November 2014.  Isn’t it time to vote for some real “Budget Hawks” as in reasonable FISCAL CONSERVATIVES?

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This week’s Letters to the ECT

Have a Letter?  Something on your mind?  EMail the ECT – (Staff@EagleCountyTimes-dot-com) and your letter will “see the light of day” and not get lost in the pages of the Fishwrap.  Also email the ECT a digital “head-shot” photo so we can use with your Letter to the ECT.

This week – (in the order the ECT received them)

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Candidate Daric Harvey (Eagle County Sheriff – election November 2014)

Topic:  Public Safety issues and plans for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships – February 2015.  (Click Here)

Candidate James Van Beek (Eagle County Sheriff – election November 2014)

Topic:  James experience and qualifications to be your next Eagle County Sheriff.  (Click Here)

Long time Eagle County local Fredrick Butler –

Topic:  The documented (and shameful) record of Colorado’s Senator Mark Udall (D) and Udall’s attempt to get re-elected this November 2014.  (Click Here)

Malaysia Airlines Flight – MH370

by  Clayton Moore

Did you know that civilians here in Eagle County, Colorado today – are tracking in real-time Aircraft flying over our own airspace, here at home?

Tracking is done here using a Radio Technology called ADS-B/Mode S.

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This real-time in flight technology (used in Eagle County today) can be seen on your computer by – (Clicking Here) or just click on the graphic above.

If you’re a technology interested individual and are interested in learning more about Radio Technology – you can visit the local Amateur Radio web site and leave your name and email address (Click Here).  Knowledge of this technology makes reading these reports on the missile system that shot down the Malaysia Airlines flight – much easier to understand.

It needs to be Exposed!

Question – How is it possible for any individual to “know less than nothing”?

Answer – When…what that individual knows – is simply not true.

Case in Point:  A letter printed in the Daily Fishwrap (below) – discussing the recent Supreme Court Decision – in the Hobby Lobby case.

ECT will Prove it:   Carol L. Goldstein nor Dr. Jack Van Ens simply DO NOT know what they are talking about.  The opinions they are expressing is based on FALSE and grossly inaccurate information.  There can be little doubt that neither Van Ens nor Goldstein have ever read the text of that (5-4) decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ECT covered the FACTS and the (5-4) decision in an earlier edition of the ECT.  (Click Here)

Summary of the Case Facts:

1 -  The Case in short – 1st Amendment (Religious Freedom) vs. the legal requirements of Obamacare.

2 – The Constitutional question:  Can a privately held company (Hobby Lobby) be compelled by the Government (under Obamacare) to (pay for) Contraceptives that are in conflict with their Religious beliefs?

3 – Fact:  There are a class of human “contraceptives” (~4 different pills/choices) that are specifically designed to terminate a pregnancy immediately AFTER fertilization of any egg by a sperm.  The so called “day after” pill, among others.

4 – The Religious belief (protected by our 1st Amendment) held by the Plaintiff’s (Hobby Lobby) is that – “life begins at Fertilization/Conception” – and that any Contraceptive specifically designed to terminate that pregnancy/fertilization – amounts to (in their Religious Belief) an Abortion.

5 – The Court ruled (5-4) that Hobby Lobby (as an employer) cannot be compelled to pay for (under Obamacare) those specific (post-fertilization) contraceptives for their employees.

6 – FACT:  Pre-fertilization contraceptives are still paid for by Hobby Lobby (and the rest of employers) under Obamacare.  Other employers can now choose to pay for (or not) the Post-Fertilization contraceptives objected to by the Plaintiff (Hobby Lobby).

7 -  FACT:  There has been zero change in the access and commercial availability of all Contraceptives to women and men under this very limited ruling.  Fact is, Women desiring a Post-Fertilization contraceptive can still easily get them – they just have to pay for them, themselves…or (example) visit Planned Parenthood.

Now – (below letter) by comparison is a text book example of an individual who has no idea what they are talking and writing about.

Shame on Ms. Goldstein and Shame on the Fishwrap and its so called “Editors” for printing this false and miss-leading letter in our Community.

The “Ens” does not Justify the Means…certainly not in this case.  Dr. Ens, Thomas Jefferson would have most certainly familiarized himself with the facts of the case before – writing about it.

Stop insulting our Communities intelligent and informed women!

Carol-L-Goldstein

From the Street

by  Clayton Moore and the fans of Milton Friedman

Just When…

Just When did it become the responsibility of the Eagle County Taxpayer to GUARANTEE the profitability of a company that is owned and operated outside the United States?

air-canada-overtime-pay-lawsuitFact is – if you believe the Fishwrap (Click Here) – our Eagle County Commissioners voted recently to do – exactly that!

Make no Mistake – if a Private Sector non-profit or individual(s) want to work to provide a private sector subsidy – then the ECT folks have no problem/no issue with that plan.

It’s when the Eagle County Taxpayer is being used to pay for that Subsidy that the ECT folks “draw the line”.

Bottom Line:  If Air Canada cannot sell a (profitable) Airline Ticket from Toronto to our Eagle Airport – during the months of December and January – than the ECT suggests to Air Canada – that they STOPING DOING IT!

Fact is:  If the scheduled Air Canada Flight (it’s only once a week – by the way) doesn’t have many passengers on that Flight – that means “not many Ski Tourists” are staying in our Hotels, eating in our Restaurants nor tipping our Ground Transportation companies and Ski Instructors…now does it?

Fact is:  Guaranteeing Air Canada’s profitability (or any other airline) – creates ZERO incentive for Air Canada to (then) spend their marketing dollars – attracting Canadian Skiers to fly into our Eagle Airport!  Air Canada could simply use those (Eagle County Taxpayer dollars) marketing other Air Canada flights into sunny and warm Mexico (December – January)  the ECT folks will argue – that there are (many+1) more Canadian Tourists interested in flying to somewhere sunny & warm during the months of December and January – than there are Canadian skiers interested in flying into Colorado!

Are you paying attention, Mr. Mike Brown, Mr. Greg Phillips and Eagle County Commissioners?  You have ZERO control over exactly how Air Canada will spend that $115,000.00 Eagle County, taxpayer funded subsidy.

The Eagle County Taxpayer needs more “Budget Hawks” to run for Public Office and get Elected!

Oooops!  Art in Public Places? Avon’s Hoffman Commercial Real Estate!

There can be little question that Hoffman Commercial Real Estate – has been spending a bunch of money – giving Avon’s downtown Commercial areas – a needed “Facelift”.

Including this one…Seems…this “Pocahontas of the Parking Lot” originally got installed (backwards?) and has now been turn around 180 degrees.

…the Before…on the 4th of July

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and now the After…Sunday, July 20th.  No it doesn’t swivel – it had to be remounted…

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Cool Off this July Week – with the ECT!

by  Jimmy Olsen Photography

Time to Cool Off – this mid-July summer week.  The ECT folks would like to recommend you break out those Frozen Mint (Girl Scout) cookies – you been saving for our mid-July heat.  Just (click on) the photo below to enlarge it!  Can you ID this Eagle County based Chair lift?  Let the ECT know – where you think it is.100E3041

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