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Dear Editor,

I want to publicly apologize to Bob Anderson for insinuating that he is a traitor. I was so incensed at his insults and accusations against the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition that I momentarily “stooped to the lowest common denominator and allow(ed) myself to intercourse in the slime,” as he so well describes it.

I also want to thank Mr. Anderson for directing people to the RFPC Web site’s links to organizations that may be of interest to people who seek positive nonviolent solutions to conflict and alternative information to corporate-controlled U.S. media.



Yes! The RFPC does have an “obvious anti-war mentality!” How terrible is that? But the accusations of Bush hating simply have no substance. The RFPC and Colorado Communities for Justice and Peace are made up of individuals who recognize that hatred and fear are what’s wrong with our society, and that only with tolerance and compassion can we end the barbaric violence that plagues our world.

So even though we dislike Bush’s policies and despise his lies, we do not hate him. That would be counter to our entire premise.



I invite Mr. Anderson, and any other community members, to the next CCJP meeting to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 24, at Aspen Community Church, 200 E. Bleeker. There will be community networking and a potluck from 4-6:30 p.m.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ” Margaret Mead

Sue Gray

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

This week marks the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that guaranteed women access to safe and legal abortion. We have a responsibility to our grandmothers, best friends, and daughters to ensure that decisions about childbearing remain personal and private.

Roe v. Wade didn’t invent abortion, it just made it legal.

We must honor our grandmothers: Remember the women who suffered mutilation, sterility or death because they were forced to seek a back-alley abortion.

We must protect our best friends: Renew your commitment to fight for women to have confidential care without government interference.

Since taking office, President Bush has cut funding for family planning; dumped millions into unproven, medically inaccurate, abstinence-only sex education; imposed medically baseless ideology on scientific government Web sites and advisory committees; and passed an unconstitutional abortion ban with no provision for protecting women’s health.

We must advocate for our daughters: Many have never known a world without Roe and are unaware of the grave threat that anti-choice decision makers pose to their reproductive freedoms. If we do not act now to protect our rights, we risk allowing others to impose their narrow ideological agenda on the most personal aspects of our lives.

We must continue to fight forward and advocate for access to the education, information, and services that allow people to make responsible choices about the future. To learn more, log on to http://www.pprm.org.

Terri Worm, manager

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Yee-hah! It’s time hang up the negativity and focus on the positive things we can do here in our own community.

Join us for Spellebration 2004: How the West was Won: Readin’, Writin’ and Ropin’. Hitch up your team and get ready for the Spellebration Word Roundup at the Hotel Colorado on March 5 at 6 p.m. Join in the rivalry among the finest wordsmiths in Western Colorado as they raise funds to support adult literacy services.

In 2003 Literacy Outreach served over 125 students with an all-volunteer tutor workforce spending more than 2,300 hours teaching adults in Garfield County how to read and write. In addition, CMC Learning Labs provided 75 scholarships for worthy GED adult students. Community involvement and commitment allows us to provide these worthwhile services.

Round up your sharpest spellin’ pardners and sign up for the wildest time to be had this side of the divide. Get off the fence and sign up by sunset for a rip-roaring good time and a chance to reap the rewards of a literate community.

We need teams to participate in the adult Spelling Bee. If y’all wanta sponsor a team but don’t have spellers, we’ll rustle some up for you. And, don’t forget, we can always use donations for our silent auction. So, pardner, please help us continue to help create a community that’s Well Read and Alive.

Contact Literacy Outreach at 945-5282 for more information.

Sharon Andersen

Glenwood Springs


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