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Forum on Iraq a venue for everyone

Dear Editor,

War with Iraq is weighing heavily on all our minds right now. Everyone has opinions, but I suspect nearly all of us also have doubts, concerns, fears, questions.

My sense is that the vast majority of us have reservations about either going to war or not going to war; we’re conflicted. We feel pigeonholed when we’re told that the American people feel this way or that, and sidelined when the media stage soundbite scrimmages between hawks and doves.



What we crave at this time is a chance to speak candidly about our concerns, ask questions, hear what other people think and, above all, connect with others.

A community forum on Iraq will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, at Basalt Middle School. Its purpose is to provide a venue for everyone – whether they support war or oppose it or fall anywhere in between – to express their views in a nonconfrontational setting. It is being organized by an ad-hoc group of concerned citizens (including myself), local religious leaders and the town of Basalt.



My hope is that this forum will help us all better understand the complexities of the situation, and help dispel the us-versus-them mindset that is threatening to stifle intelligent discussion.

I personally believe that the more opportunities people are given to discuss this war, the more they’ll be for peace. But I’ll be attending with an open mind, and I expect my own thinking to be broadened.

Dave Reed

Basalt


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