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Dear Editor,

Referring to recent reports that President Bush may have delayed the return home of the USS Abraham Lincoln after the end of Gulf War II so as to indulge in a photo-op, I remember a similar event having occurred in Japan after the end of World War II.

I was aboard USS Moctobi (ATF 105) and we were in Tokyo Bay at the signing of the Japanese surrender on board the battleship USS Missouri.

We had helped put another battleship, the USS New Jersey, alongside, so that the command of the fleet could be transferred to the Missouri. The Missouri had but recently arrived in the area to relieve the New Jersey, who had been in the task force for a long time and had a very good record. The gang on the New Jersey was slated to return home, but the orders went to the Missouri to return home instead.

The guys we talked to said that she was going back to the states to be used for political PR because Mr. Truman was a Missourian, had recently become president, and it would be politically useful to hype the USS Missouri.

The USS New Jersey people felt they had been cheated of their just due by a bunch of stateside politicos.


Richard B. Veit


Dear Editor,

I have traveled to many states in the United States. Weeks prior to my arrival in Glenwood Springs, I spent time on the East Coast, New York and the surrounding areas.

I had a road trip scheduled from Kansas City to Las Vegas with stops in Denver, Aspen and a two-day stay in Glenwood Springs.

I enjoyed the town except for one thing. While I was staying at a local hotel, someone decided to remove my suitcase and a shopping bag from my car.

As much as I enjoyed Glenwood Springs and the local people I met, I cannot forget about the theft of personal items that included a video camera with special pictures of my adventures and my grandchildren, newly purchased clothes, shoes, and a charm bracelet that had special family memories.

It is sad that in a small town like Glenwood Springs, the problems you are warned about in a big city do exist in your picture-perfect community.

When looking back at my trip, I want to remember how wonderful the hotel was, breakfast at the small downtown bakery across from the train station, the spa and walks in the evening.

But what I seem to think about each time is how I was violated in your small town.

Life’s adventures will go on.

Connie Beever

Palm Springs, Calif.

Dear Editor,

The Roaring Fork School District desperately needs an outdoor education program. Top educators will tell you that one of the major binding elements of leading educational programs across the country, both public and private, is a comprehensive outdoor education discipline.

And the Roaring Fork District’s need goes beyond simply improving the educational experience. One of the acknowledged major benefits of outdoor ed. is that it brings students together, and unifies them, largely because of the necessity for teamwork.

Roaring Fork is a district that is becoming, every year, a more diverse and divided system. An effective outdoor ed. program could work wonders in counteracting the divisiveness among the student population that’s proliferating throughout the system.

In recent years there has been the lamentable trend of focusing on test scores, rather than educating young people. Certainly, this has been mandated from above. However, that mandate need not completely strangle the learning experience. Outdoor ed. is a viable way that teachers and students can refocus on learning instead of cramming.

Not enough money? The district shouldn’t accept that response. Successful programs everywhere have demonstrated that community involvement can make up for a lot of shortfalls in a budget. The communities served by the district are certainly affluent enough that sufficient funds could be raised on an ongoing basis to assure that a practical, quality program is in place.

The only requirement is that the district and the community care enough about the education of the kids to make it happen.

Thank you,

Joan and Pat Dalrymple


Dear Editor,

On May 10, the Rocky Mountain News confirmed a long-suspected belief about our Colorado political campaigns. Some among the state’s elected representatives do not want to be punished for lying about anything.

There was a bill with strong Colorado Senate approval proposing $1,000 fines for anyone making false statements about candidates or ballot issues.

But that measure died in a Colorado House committee. That is possibly a rare honest statement from the unpunished liars. This writer is convinced that the same type of bill in Washington, D.C., would meet the same fate.

Lorenz T. “Marty” Martensen

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Democracy is defined as:

1. government by the people; especially: rule of the majority;

2. a government in which the supreme power is held by the people;

3. absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges.

The last Glenwood Springs City Council meeting was a vivid reminder that five of our representatives do not understand democracy. The council called for community input concerning the proposed $20 million golf course. (A $12.5 million certificate of participation with $7.5 million in interest equals $20 million.) A total of 25 residents gave the council their thoughts and concerns. Five council members ignored the majority.

Of those who spoke, 19 opposed the golf course (76 percent), three favored the golf course (12 percent), one favored the golf course as $750,000 was going to the pool (4 percent), and two did not take a stand (8 percent).

These 25 people represented a cross section Glenwood Springs; their views should be respected. Opponents discussed desecration of open space, use of certificates of participation, additional golf course not needed, and that there were more important city projects to spend the money on. The supporters felt it would be good for tourism.

Five council members rushed to a conclusion without listening to the majority; they forced a $20 million debt on the city. The golf course debt should be decided by a taxpayers’ vote.

To express your feeling about this $20 million golf course, go to http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/council/ for council members’ e-mail addresses. It’s not too late.

Joe O’Donnell

Glenwood Springs

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