Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,I was somewhat dismayed to find a leaflet advertising a new group calling itself CarbondaleFocus. Im always leery of groups whose interest is to broaden my understanding, and who claim to have no agenda of their own. The leaflet I received makes the boldfaced points that the group is neither supporting any candidates, nor supporting or opposing any ballot issue. However, a quick glance at the people involved in the group makes it hard to believe that they dont support the Marketplace, or a Marketplace look-alike. On the Web site they report that they have been meeting for months. All of the members in the group whose names I recognized were avid supporters of the Marketplace. If the group is really the open-minded, issue-neutral group it purports to be, why werent the meetings better advertised so as to draw a more diverse group of people?To be fair, these folks probably really believe that the town of Carbondale is on the edge of financial ruin, and that the only solution is one which tries to make Carbondale a shopping wonderland. However, such a narrow focus is the direct reflection of the perspectives of the members involved. Carbondale cant afford a boondoggle, and shouldnt apply a cookie cutter approach (New mall! Come shop!). We need a plan for the future that is sustainable. Such a plan wont require competition with the overwhelming commercial outlets available in nearby towns, but rather will draw upon Carbondales unique characteristics. Sincerely,Marc BruellCarbondale
Dear Editor, Greg Schnacke, vice president of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association in Denver (letters, March 15) sneers at Mike Miles position on gas drilling on the Roan Plateau. Apparently, anyone who disagrees with the associations drilling plans has bought into the radical East Coast environmental agenda. From his comfortable office in Denver, and probably equally comfortable home on the front range, Mr. Schnacke is as far away from the sights, sounds, smells, and environmental degradations of gas drilling as those dastardly environmentalists on the East Coast. His letter relies on emotional knee-jerking and is short of verifiable fact.Perhaps he should make a trip over here to see how well the environmental values we all support are protected. Mr. Schnacke has done Mike Miles a great service: if the Colorado Oil & Gas Association are gunning for him, he is the man we want to see elected to the U.S. Senate. Lee CalkinsParachute
Dear Editor,I am afraid. Thats not a feeling I want to live with, nor have I felt it since the Cold War. When I see a backpack or other luggage with no other human nearby, I get the urge to run. Why, I asked myself, this rekindling of an old emotion? George W. Bush and the other chicken hawks in his administration have done more to raise the fear level in Americans than any single terrorist; by his shoot-from-the-hip cowboy rhetoric (Axis of Evil, Bring it on, etc.) he imperils the sense of security of every U.S. citizen. As the presidential election draws closer, I hope all you registered voters will give careful consideration to the qualifications of the two likely candidates: George W. Bush: AWOL from the National Guard during the Vietnam war, failed business owner, raised obscene sums of money for his re-election campaign, never met a corporate CEO he didnt like. John Kerry: served his country in Vietnam and in Congress, thoughtful, intelligent, caring and dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.Jan GirardotGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor, I stand by my letter of March 9 and make no apology regarding the content. As a former infantry officer, commanding units in combat during two tours in Vietnam, I feel qualified to make observations regarding combat operations and Mr. Kerry being called a hero.Regarding Mr. Fields response to my aforementioned letter, I was part of operations conducted in the Mekong Delta, and I know of no one being ordered to purposely put their troops in an ambush situation. Kerry made a serious error in judgment, the like of which resulted in some officers being fragged (killed) by their own troops for supposedly inappropriate tactical decisions. The rule (Fields letter) of three purple hearts, apply for and receive a transfer, certainly was not a well-known or common practice at any time in Vietnam. Imagine how popular your units medic would be if the rule was widely known? Kerry received three purple hearts for minor injuries and was stateside from Vietnam in four months. Kerrys unsubstantiated testimony before Congress about atrocities supposedly committed by our troops certainly amounted to character assassination of our Vietnam veterans. I agree with many veterans that Kerry and Jane Fonda were singing off the same sheet of music. James E. FosterLt. Col. U.S. Army, retiredCarbondale
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