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Dear Editor,

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed on April 4, 1968 – thirty five years ago. Many of us can tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news of his death. To commemorate the anniversary of his death, I rented a wonderful new video entitled “The Rosa Parks Story” starring Angela Bassett. Dr. King was one of Rosa Park’s mentors.

On the anniversary of Dr. King’s death our local newspapers, airwaves and televisions were full of stories about the war and its casualties. I didn’t read or hear a single reminder about Dr. King’s tragic death and the loss to our country.



A friend, knowing my respect for Dr. King, sent me the following quote. It seems appropriate to share it:

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. … Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Nancy Reinisch

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor:

Why does the United States, with only 5 percent of the population of the world, have 50 percent of its delinquency, 60 percent of its violence, and 70 percent of its use of dangerous hallucinogenic drugs? How did we go so wrong? I claim it is about our insistence on teaching left-brain, word-literate, factual realism, or the teaching of mostly, if not only, the basics.

The human cranial mind has two brains. We insist on teaching and using less than half of the left-word literate brain. The use of the right, idea-literate brain still fails to be included in our teaching methodologies, but the two brains were designed to operate best when they are developed and used in an insightful synthesis concert with each other.

I guess I am also the first person to notice a second human mind. I call it the synaptic neuron mind. It is composed of a dendrite “insightful goodness” literate brain, plus an axon “original concept responsibility” literate brain. The two brains are open-wired and are designed for the development of human evolution.

The synaptic neuron mind is designed to work in concert with the cranial mind. By failing to develop and establish this mind-to-mind, insightful-synthesis-producing connection, I believe our entire social system is headed for inventing the greatest mass-destruction, devolutionary-based killing machine imaginable. Can the last remaining human species survive our stupidity? I doubt it!

Sincerely,

Paul Scott

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I sat down this morning and pondered Hal Sundin’s “The future of democracy in America, Part 2.”

Hal’s theme appears to be, if Alex de Tocqueville doesn’t agree with our 20th century progress, then no progress exists!

As I am sure you know, Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman who some 150 years ago studied and wrote about the United States, focusing upon its politics. So, his focus was on our country prior to the Civil War. It does demonstrate that Hal has some interesting old books in his library: But apparently no recent history books.

Hal berates Vice President Cheney because in establishing a national energy policy Cheney turned to experts in the energy field and not to environmentalists.

Hal berates President Bush for turning back environmental regulations forced upon us by Clinton at the last moment. Hal thinks our national resources should be regulated by the environmentalists. Just imagine what a primitive country this would be if we didn’t have access to our natural resources.

Hal berates the government for trying to prevent terrorist attacks, like those of Sept. 11 on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Apparently he approves of “terrorism.”

Although Hal doesn’t understand the Iraqi combat, I am sure that most of us do, as well as admire the brilliant military action being used against Saddam Hussein.

To sum it up, a small percentage of our citizens just can’t understand “history.”

Sincerely,

R.T. Moolick

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Your March 27 Commentary columnist’s half-page antiwar diatribe ends with Mark Twain’s loony “War Prayer,” unpublished until after his death because he believed “None but the dead have free speech” – how wrong he was!

In denigrating our country’s leadership, Mr. Boettcher covers everything from “morality” to “military strategy” – nothing new, just the usual liberal drivel.

First, he “parrots” Sen. Kerry’s off-the-wall “regime change” remark. Hasn’t there been enough outrage already about this shameful, distasteful statement?

Second, he “scripts” his patriotism using the trite “but” tactic: “America is still hurting from 9/11, but. .” “I love this country, but. .” “I am a staunch believer in freedom and democracy, but.” But, really?

He calls our nation the “United States of Arrogance” – it’s people like him who create that impression. Really!

Finally, let’s put his use of the “War Prayer” into perspective. Countless Internet sources reference Twain’s depicting an “aged stranger” reciting the prayer before a “startled minister” and “spellbound audience,” concluding with Twain’s quote; “It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense to it!” Really!

Bernie and I share the misfortune of being “forced into” an unhappy marriage to a president: his, a “marriage of complicity” with President Bush; mine, a “marriage of duplicity” with President Clinton. Consider Saddam’s 25-year reign of terror along with Bill Clinton’s eight years of self-gratification and foreign diplomacy by appeasement. Bush didn’t create this situation, Hussein and Clinton did!

Let freedom ring!

Richard D. Doran

Parachute

Dear Editor,

I am confused by the continued belief that those who are for peace and against the war do not support the troops. I support the troops coming home, safe, rejoining their families, seeing their young children and enjoying life. I do not support seeing these brave souls coming home in body bags and needing headstones that Scott McInnis would have us boycott because they are from France. France is not evil because they were against this war and they certainly should not be viewed as being rewarded by selling us their headstones when they did not even want us to need the headstones to begin with.

Why is there a distinction being made that “anti-war” and peace equates with being unsupportive towards the troops sent to war and unpatriotic? Seems that it is supportive to be in favor of life and against death and sorrow that comes through war.

Sincerely,

Susan Burleigh

Glenwood Springs


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