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After reading Ryan Bosco’s March 24 letter admonishing the 40 Days for Life Vigil and pushing his pro-abortion agenda, I felt there needed to be some clarification.

First, we don’t need or seek Mr. Bosco’s approval in our decision to bring our family, including children, to the vigil. We are practicing Catholics and, therefore, are pro-life. One can’t be a Catholic or a Christian and be pro-abortion. Neither can a person stand idly by as a spectator of the single greatest crime in American history.

My question to Mr. Bosco is: “What’s so bad about abortion that it’s inappropriate for children?” This isn’t a rhetorical question; Mr. Bosco touts abortion as a vehicle to equality, yet children can’t be near the facility? What gives?



It’s hypocritical that Mr. Bosco hails choice, yet judges us because we choose to bring our children to a prayer vigil. We’re simply teaching them our faith. Those on the left are for tolerance and acceptance as long as it’s in line with what they believe.

I find it astonishing that anyone still thinks of Planned Parenthood as an organization that actually serves the health interests of the poor, women in particular. While that’s a nice hook to hang your hat, it’s just not true. Planned Parenthood isn’t interested in the health and welfare of all Americans, but prefers to discriminate against those who reside in their mothers’ wombs.



Those who are so inclined can find the truth. It’s just that most people enjoy the comfort of oblivion. Most wouldn’t bother to show up for a vigil, regardless of the cause.

Finally, as for Mr. Bosco’s inference that our goal is to intimidate, he’s greatly uninformed. We stand in solidarity, on behalf of the women and children Planned Parenthood destroys. In fact, we’ve been accosted by Planned Parenthood employees.

Last Saturday we were packing up and a woman came out of Planned Parenthood, her finger jabbing. She was out of control. She pounded her finger in my friend’s face, hollering, “I’m not for God, and I’m not for what you’re doing.”

The battle lines are drawn. You’re either for God or not.

Susie Kellogg

Glenwood Springs

In response to the recent pay raise for the Silt trustees and mayor; it is another example of self-serving leaders. The example given was of the town as a corporation, and they are following suit. CEO’s have been given huge raises and bonuses while regular employees are facing lay-offs and foreclosures. Let’s play follow the leader?

Has anyone in Silt and the surrounding area had their income or payroll doubled this year? Has the economy shown a major upswing? How many foreclosures has this valley faced just this last year alone?

Although the pay raises won’t take effect for two years, it is just plain wrong.

All members were well aware of the pay they would receive by partaking in their civic duties ahead of time. Anyone who wants to brag of their work should be satisfied that they would be placed in the city’s history books as doing a superior job in their position.

They should not have their pay doubled when the rest of the town and valley is still struggling to make ends meet.

I urge the citizens of Silt to write and have this revoked.

Harold Carnal

Silt

I’m glad to see the young man who visited our 40 Days For Life vigil in front of Planned Parenthood wrote the letter he promised to write. (“Rights of the individual should be left to the individual,” Ryan Bosco, March 24.)

As the Glenwood Springs director for the campaign, I was witness to the verbal interchange when a visiting vigil participant talked to him as he sat in his truck.

It was obvious to me there were two stories going on between the two. He was visibly upset with our presence and she, a post-abortive woman, was explaining the unending suffering of her life.

She focused on the indifference between local Planned Parenthood and the medical clinic involved in her abortions in the 1970s.

What I want Mr. Bosco to know is that after he sped off, she sobbed over concern that she may not have adequately shown her compassion to him, as her desire was to share how much she still missed her “babies” and how Planned Parenthood provided no cautioning, and certainly no counseling, about other options. She wanted no one to suffer as she tried to share her brokenness with him.

An Iraq war veteran visited our site. Even though pro-choice, his anger surfaced as he mentioned his former wife had an abortion during his first tour. “That was my DNA. That was my baby!” he said.

One afternoon a van pulled in near us. A man jumped out and yelled, “I’m from the inner city in Denver where they have these places (pointing to Planned Parenthood). Why don’t they have them in Beverly Hills? No more aborted babies!” He then sped off.

As a black man, he does have a point, as evidence shows the majority of abortions are of minorities.

We’re here to change hearts toward abortion; even if it’s one at a time. That’s the goal.

Betty Scranton

Glenwood Springs

Waiting in line to register at a motel, I noticed that the clerk was standing under a sign that declared, “Your Satisfaction is Important to Us.” He wasn’t making much progress, because each time he engaged with a customer at the head of our line, the phone would ring and he would take several minutes to respond to the caller.

After we had waited for some time with very little advancement in the line, the phone rang again. As the clerk once more interrupted his effort to complete a check-in, a gentleman behind me stepped out of the line, cell phone to his mouth, and in a voice audible to all, spoke to the clerk who had just answered his call: “The sign over your desk says our satisfaction is important to you. I’m the fellow you see about seventh back in the line of customers you are neglecting while you keep answering the phone. I just called to say that I’m already dissatisfied and I haven’t even registered yet.”

I feel like that gentleman about the elections coming in November. With more than seven months to go, I’m already dissatisfied, and we are still in the primary phase.

As we engage in the illusion that we have real choices, moneyed interests have spent more than$80 million to push their selections to front-runner status, using slash and burn commercials that don’t inform us at all about a contender’s position on issues.

These candidates are not running for a managerial position at the local Doodleburger. They are vying to be president of our country. We deserve thoughtful and civil communication in which they tell us what they intend to do, how much it will cost, and how they intend to pay for it. We can’t make informed decisions by listening to debates that resemble mud-wrestling events, and watching opponent-bashing attack ads that sound like trash talk at a pickup basketball game.

Unfortunately, we’ll keep getting doses of this garbage until we contact the media and candidate “clerks” and tell them that we are already dissatisfied.

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

I am unaware of any ICE agents volunteering in any public schools as SROs. So I am somewhat perplexed after reading Anita Sherman’s March 24 letter to the editor, ”Extreme discretion’ doesn’t remove ICE from Re-1 schools.” It states: “The new Roaring Fork School Board has shown it has no concern for nearly 52 percent of its current student body with regards to permanently removing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the school resource officer (SRO) program.”

I know that the writer was not referring to Carbondale Police Officer and SRO Agon, for this ran in the Post Independent newspaper regarding him: “Latino residents offer support for Agon,” on Oct. 26, 2011.

“I would like to … put things in order as far as Mr. Agon,” reads a letter by local resident Reyna Nevarez accompanying the petition. The petition and letter were hand-delivered to Carbondale Police Chief Schilling. “He[(SRO Agon] has been a good element to the police department since he has been serving the people of Carbondale. We are living with more security because he has been collaborating to end delinquency. He is helping me and other people to continue to live peacefully. He is a person that one can trust and as an officer to us he is only doing his job.”

It’s apparent that more than 165 local Latino residents appreciated the efforts of Carbondale SRO Agon, keeping their school safe from crimes and perhaps even gangs, because they willingly signed the petition. So I question just to whom this next line, from the letter, refers: “The message being sent in the school board’s memorandum of understanding is clear: Latino and immigrant students are gang members from undocumented families, and all need to be deported.”

School SROs are (typically) sworn police officers first, and school liaisons second, within their line of duty(s).

As for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers being in public schools, please show the readers any documented cases of ICE agents who also volunteer as school SROs. At this time, I am unable to find even one.

Marty Lich

Gypsum

Please consider the unintended consequences of the bag ban in Carbondale. Typically, unintended consequences are bad things that happen as a direct result of some do-gooder policy. The unintended consequences of the bag ban in Carbondale are obvious: punish City Market and drive sales tax revenue downvalley.

The bag ban is a ridiculous idea that will potentially do great damage and achieve little good. It is a regressive tax that annoys shoppers and burdens a single business with the additional overhead of collecting a separate tax.

The worst part is that it will not eliminate the use of a single barrel of oil. Eighty-one percent of a barrel of oil is refined into fuel: gasoline, diesel and kerosene (jet fuel). Eight percent of that barrel is converted to asphalt, lubricants and other fuels. The remaining 11 percent is waste. Fortunately, some genius found a use for this waste to create paint, plastic, electronic components and many other products that improve our quality of life.

Let’s assume the fantasy that banning plastic bags will impact the demand for plastic: we won’t be reducing the demand for oil, we will be increasing the amount of waste from each barrel of oil refined.

If you believe that you are saving the planet by using a reusable shopping bag, good for you; you get the gold star. But don’t deny business the ability to serve their customers.

If you see a bag as litter, do what I do: pick it up and recycle it. Don’t go running to Town Hall pleading for another tax that burdens business.

Carbondale relies heavily on sales tax for the general fund. Why would anyone want to do something that makes it less convenient to shop in Carbondale? We should send a message that Carbondale is open for business and wants your business. We should not be sending the message that we’re a bunch of greenie do-gooders who will accept people’s business if it’s on our terms.

Michael McReynolds

Carbondale

Now that Aspen is bringing levels of fluoride in the public water system down to the new federal standards of 0.7 ppm, what about Glenwood’s level of 4 ppm?

Carbondale, Basalt, many states in the U.S., as well as most European countries refuse to add this poison to their water, so why is Glenwood Springs behind the times? I wonder if China contaminates its water, since that is where the fluoride comes from.

Leading European scientists state that as much as 1 ppm is a cumulative toxin.

Did anyone see the Aspen Daily News photos on March 13 with the employee wearing full protective gear with gas mask while in the process of pouring? The bag of fluoride shows a skull and crossbones with the word “toxic.” It is an industrial rat poison.

What happened to the old idea of improving our children’s diets as the key to preventing dental cavities? And as it stands, with the 4 ppm level, our children are undoubtedly ingesting far too much of this poison in their small bodies via the school drinking fountains.

I hope others become just as interested in this, as well as the genetically modified food issue, and insist on a healthier life.

Sharon Davis-Bell

Glenwood Springs

My mind was full of numbers leaving the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood.

How many babies have been saved during the campaign? What are the numbers? How many abortions took place inside Planned Parenthood during those very hours we prayed? What were the numbers?

I know that nationwide, Planned Parenthood’s own numbers boast 329,445 abortions were performed in 2010, and I had a hard time wrapping my mind around that number.

I left Glenwood Springs, population 9,614, I drove through Carbondale, population 6,427, Basalt, population 3,857, Snowmass Village, population 2,826, arriving in Aspen, population 6,658. My journey of about 40 miles in about one hour, adds up to a population of 29,382 people. (U.S. Census 2010)

Let’s say, one day, all 29,282 people were killed – poisoned? Burned chemically? Hacked to death with surgical tools? Left to die – disposed of in the trash.

Using that far-fetched fictitious scenario of wiping out the entire Roaring Fork Valley population, the numbers become more than numbers. The 329,445 abortions performed per year by Planned Parenthood becomes chilling in its reality, because we would have to destroy every man, woman and child from Glenwood Springs to Aspen 11.25 times to equal the work Planned Parenthood accomplishes in one year.

And speaking of numbers, minority women make up 13 percent of the female population ages 15-44, yet underwent 36 percent of American abortions. On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day. (Source: blackgenocide.org)

When we do the math of all of the numbers above, civilization should weep.

Ramona Klinger

Carbondale


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