In the article in the April 6 Post Independent, “Citizens may decide airport’s future,” our mayor says the future of our airport “… is too important of an item for council to vote 4-3 or 5-2 to open or close it” and that he’d “…like to see it go to a vote.” It also states, “In 1997, the city’s electorate overwhelmingly voted to keep it open,” and a committee was formed to “… formulate an opinion on its “highest and best use”.”
I question why the same courtesy and thought process was not initially offered with the development proposal by MidFirst Bank of Red Feather Ridge (RFR). It represents a huge change to the character of Glenwood Springs with major costs and impacts. Most importantly, it involves an extension of our Urban Development Boundary (UDB) and expansion of our city limits. Years of community and staff involvement went into developing our Comprehensive and Land Use Plans. On the request of a single developer (publicly supported by only five people, including three Realtors and a contractor), and on a 4-3 council vote, the “highest and best use” of the RFR parcel was determined for our community!
In the face of over 1,000 petition signatures and many citizens speaking before City Council or writing to council members, RFR will be going to a public vote. Who knows what is best for our community? MidFirst Bank, supported by a handful of special interests and a slim majority of council? The Oklahoma bank that for 2002 shows $501.8 million net worth, $101.6 million “allowance for possible loan losses,” and for the last quarter $63.97 million in net earnings! Or the citizenry that can be involved, make a difference, and have a voice that will be heard? For RFR and our airport there is much at stake, both now and for our future.
This is in response to the letter written by Lyn Fix on April 4 regarding illegal “Mexicans” receiving benefits. To quote her, she claims that she is “angry at our government for supporting other countries before our own and it keeps letting immigrants into America.” But perhaps she has forgotten just how this country was founded. Immigrants came to America to escape persecution, to build a better life for themselves, and above all to be free. Also, illegal do not receive benefits she needs to do a little research before she starts making these claims.
I also noticed that Ms. Fix targets the Mexican population in her letter. Need I remind her that before the American colonist reached what is now Colorado, and many of the other Southwestern states, that they were already colonized by the people of Mexico.
Ms. Fix must also not be aware of an inscription found on one of this nation’s most well-known symbols of peace. This poem is inscribed on a tabled within the Statue of Liberty.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
“Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
“The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
“Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
“I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)
Ms. Fix, this country was made great by immigrants and I believe it is the immigrants who will continue adding to its greatness.
I am going to introduce your readers to an Assyrian Christian minister who went to Iraq prior to the war breaking out to help his people (there are 6 million Assyrians in the world; 2.5 million live in Iraq) whom he was sure were going to suffer in an unjust war.
His name is Ken Joseph Jr. He grew up in Japan, where his father went after World War II to help rebuild Japan. Following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a Christian minister, he was opposed to war of any kind. And so it was that he decided to go to Iraq to help his people. What he discovered there completely destroyed his convictions but gave him hope for his people and for the world.
Due to the word limits imposed on these letters, I can not narrate the entire story. Suffice it to say that Mr. Joseph soon realized that the Iraqi people want the war. They want to be freed from Saddam’s butchering and sadistic ways. They have lived in fear for too many years.
I hope the people who read this take the time to read his story, entitled “I was wrong.” It can be read at http://www.assyrianchristians.com/.
The story will be released soon in book form. It is a must read for everyone, whether you are for or against the war to free the Iraqi people.
God bless America.
Shame on you, President Johnson … oops, I mean Bush, for sending our 19-year-old boys to Vietnam … oops, I mean Iraq, to fight your war.
Just the other day near My Lai … oops, I mean Nasiriyah, our troops could not tell who was the enemy and who were the people they were “liberating,” and as a result, many innocent lives were lost and will continue to be lost, including our own sons and daughters.
And bombing Hanoi … oops, I mean Baghdad, is only hardening their resolve to defend their country, as it would for you or I and as it did to the Londoners in World War II.
You may be winning the battle of Baghdad, but you are losing the war on terrorism. You are doing the one thing that will guarantee that war is brought to our shores, and not by rockets that you want to spend more billions of our dollars to defend, but by the tens of thousands of bin Ladens that you are creating by your invasion of Iraq.
An invasion that, I remind you, was entirely of your choosing and not demanded by the defense of our nation or by international consensus. You and your buddies in Washington have created a sense of hatred of the United States that is endangering and embarrassing any one of us who travels outside of our borders and for which we are all going to pay for years to come.
You are not even willing to pay for your war now, but want to give you and your rich friends huge tax breaks and make my children and grandchildren pay for your war.
Every night now when you sit and listen to Walter Cronkite – oops, I mean Tom Brokaw – list the body count, remember the blood of our children and Iraqi children is on your hands, George Bush.
Dr. R.B. Schoonmaker, Jr.
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