Reader proud to meet the definition of a ‘liberal’
Dear Editor,Why do people avoid being called a liberal? The definition of liberal in my dictionary reads as follows: 1. Not servile or mean, esp. not narrowly restricted; 2. Bestowing or bestowed, in a large and noble way; generous, ample; 3. Not strict or rigorous; free as a translation; 4. Broad-minded, not bigoted, independent in opinion, not conservative – liberal arts, the branches of learning including the sciences, philosophy, history, etc.; see ART, n.; 3. Hence, master of arts, bachelor of arts, etc., n. One who is liberal or favors liberality. – al-ly, adv.I’m proud to be a liberal.Sincerely,Pat TonozziParachuteVFW Post 5485 activein Grand Valley affairsDear Editor,The story about Special Olympics in Sunday’s (July 11) GSPI left out one important fact: The Grand Valley Post 5485 located in Battlement Mesa/Parachute served Saturday morning breakfast to 96 competitors, their coaches and assistants. The breakfast was held at the Parachute Senior Center and consisted of sausage gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, juice, milk and coffee. Wayne Klahn headed the effort, assisted by Post Housing Committee, headed by Don Bell. The post auxiliary helped with the serving and some of the cooking. All hands worked very hard to see that the breakfast was on time and everyone got enough to eat.The VFW Post is very active in community affairs. Recent activities include Huck Finn/ Becky Thatcher Day. About 125 kids were instructed in fishing and given poles and other equipment by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. All were served a free lunch. Post members also recently replaced the base to the flagpole at Mesa Vista Assisted Living Center. On Memorial Day, the post led a parade of children. Some of the kids wore costumes and rode bikes or led pets decked out in red, white and blue.Thanks for listening,Jack E. BlankenshipBattlement MesaReports paint moretroubling picture of war than GOP officialDear Editor,Re: Garfield Republican Chairman Jim Larson’s account of the Iraq War in the July 9 GSPI.Recent reports from the 9-11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee paint a somewhat more troubling picture. The commission found “no credible evidence” of a link between Saddam and al-Qaida, while the Senate committee used the term “groupthink” to describe the CIA’s evidence of WMDs used to make the case for war. In other words, America invaded and occupied a sovereign nation, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars and the lives of over 800 American service personnel, not to mention an estimated 15,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, for no clear national security objective. With the twin reasons for going to war so discredited by bipartisan committees, the fact that Iraq sits atop 40 percent of the world’s known oil reserves begins to look a bit more suspect. Legislation has been introduced in both houses of Congress (bills S89 and HR163) to reinstate the draft after the November election. With Mr. Larson having so wrapped himself in the flag I have one question. What will he be saying when his children are conscripted into the fight for Corporate America, when one of them perhaps comes back in a cargo plane, wrapped in a flag of her own?Ken McDonaldGlenwood SpringsAspen Skiing Co. CEO:Save roadless ruleDear Editor,Something very bad happened in our own backyard recently, and every valley resident should know about it. On July 12, the Bush administration announced a plan that will overturn the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the landmark initiative enacted in 2001 to protect 58.5 million acres of national forest roadless areas from additional logging and road-building. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman claims that, “Our actions today advance President Bush’s commitment to cooperatively conserving roadless areas on national forests.” In truth, their plan eliminates protection for America’s remaining unspoiled national forests – your forests.The Roaring Fork Valley is a premier destination resort because of the health and beauty of our nearby wilderness. Aspen Skiing Co. is emphatically opposed to changes in the roadless rule. Please join us in lobbying our elected officials to protect our forests! Sincerely, Pat O’Donnell president/CEO Aspen Skiing Co.Aspen Cheney representseverything wrongwith country’s politicsDear Editor,Vice President Dick Cheney represents everything that is wrong with politics in this country. Cheney invited the energy industry into his office to write an energy policy which benefited them at our expense. He helped deliver $18 billion worth of no-bid contracts to the scandal-plagued company Halliburton — a company in which he still holds hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options. John Edwards, on the other hand, has consistently prioritized ordinary people over corporations. He’s been an advocate for middle-class values and policies which help the millions of families that are scraping to get by.Bush and Cheney have had their chance and failed. This November it’s time for the American voters to help them step aside, and to let John Kerry and John Edwards lead us back in a direction we can be proud of.J.D. SturgillCarbondaleOld, New Testament makeperfect sense togetherDear Editor,It does appear that R.W. Boyle’s “perfect” understanding of the apparent discrepancies between Old and New testaments (Post Independent, July 14) is a bit overstated. “The new CEO who updated the rule book,” as he facetiously writes, is none other than the creator of life and the mind behind the scriptures – both Old Testament and New.No, sir, the “Rule Book” is not at all confusing – at least not for those humble before God and having a heart for the truth. Some among us prefer “intelligence” over truth, and there is a vast difference.The Old Testament is totally compatible with the New; they simply speak to people in different eras, with different needs. Romans teaches clearly that the law (Old Testament) is our “schoolmaster” to prepare humble hearts for the greater revelation of the grace of Christ. It shows that, even in our exalted human intelligence, we all are hopeless rebels who have preferred our own way and broken the law, and heart, of a holy God. People who know they are sinners without claim on God’s mercy and forgiveness are candidates for both. Others aren’t – grace has no meaning or value for them. Both testaments work perfectly together.But there’s a disclaimer: “The natural (unspiritual) man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Neither can he know them – they are spiritually discerned.”John HerbstParachuteAccusing Bush of Nazism betrays scary ignoranceDear Editor, Those who accuse President Bush of Nazism display a very dangerous ignorance. Hitler’s party was the National Socialists, and groups such as the ACLU and Democrats are most closely associated today with socialistic ideology. Also, my vintage American Heritage Dictionary (1970) defines “Mein Kampf” as “a book (1924-26) by Adolph Hitler, setting forth the doctrines and programs of National Socialism.” (And let’s not forget that Stalin formed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.)You’d have to ignore many telltale signs of encroaching socialism to say that things are different this time: Among other liberties, there’s a concerted attack on religious freedom, free speech and civil property rights. This comes via highly divisive social engineering and a political correctness that spread like a weed under Clinton’s regime. Another disturbing sign is the Democrats’ bold reliance on propaganda to sell a mindless hate of President Bush while having to reveal little about the socialist Trojan horse known as Sen. John F. Kerry.Mike SpaniolaVail– national forests.” In truth, their plan eliminates protection for America’s remaining unspoiled national forests – your forests.The Roaring Fork Valley is a premier destination resort because of the health and beauty of our nearby wilderness. Aspen Skiing Company is emphatically opposed to changes in the roadless rule. Please join us in lobbying our elected officials to protect our forests! Sincerely, Pat O’Donnell president/CEO Aspen Skiing Co.Aspen
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