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Interesting the comment in the Oct. 1 article: “We all want what is best for our kids,” Roaring Fork School Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said. “I hear all of those things … but the financial impact is a big one for us.”

“We all want what’s best for our kids – but.” Interesting.

Is she saying that parents actively working to do what they think is best for their kids should move the financial impact and demographics to their list of considerations? Wow.



Would the conversation go something like this?

“I knew there were other options out there for you kids, but I didn’t want to disturb the demographics of the district, and the financial impact of school choice just wasn’t worth it.”



Our kids get one shot at elementary school education. All the calendar experiments and constant shuffling of techniques, attention paid to demographics and financial impacts (not to mention campaigning) take away from their education. And guess what? We can’t get that time back.

Add to that, the beating down of good teachers and administrators and why wouldn’t someone look for alternatives? There are some wonderful teachers in this valley, no doubt the best ones will support the parents who are researching the charter school option. Parents, do what you know is right for your kids now, you only get one chance.

Jennifer Burr

Glenwood Springs

In my opinion, President Obama, from the start of his campaign for the presidency to the present and beyond, has evil intentions for this great country. It seems that his ultimate goal is to pattern his presidency after Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Obama’s planned economy or planned destruction of our country is to deplete the resources of the soundest government in the world. By spending huge quantities of money under the guise of recovery, he is attempting to bankrupt the government and blame the capitalists for the failure.

Then he will junk the Constitution and declare a dictatorship without even firing a shot. He will quickly eliminate the Second Amendment, which will cause the First Amendment to fall.

Obama is nothing more than a misguided radical educated in the very liberal neo marxist universities of Columbia and Harvard. His mentor and hero was the community organizer Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals” (1971).

The one thing Obama didn’t count on was the free thinking spirit of the American people.

Obama is not good for our country. His value system is twisted and is totally not American. And why should it be? He was brought up in Indonesia.

Hillary Clinton is also a follower of Saul Alinsky. She will do and say whatever it takes to gain power. Read her thesis, “Readers are leaders.”

In closing, Obama’s approval rating is so low now, I hear Kenyans are even accusing him of being born in the U.S.A.

Stan Rachesky

Glenwood Springs

I am writing this letter in response to the Oct. 10 My Side column by Karl Oelke and numerous letters to the editor. As I am neither a theologian nor a scientist, I am mostly writing in hopes of gaining some clarification.

It seems that many recent writers in the Post Independent are indicating that science and religion deal with different things and thus there are not conflicts between them. However, do not the religion of Christianity and the scientific theory of evolution both ultimately answer the question of human origin? Are these answers not very different?

I believe that Christianity claims that human beings were created by God on purpose for a purpose. Does not the theory of evolution rely on a long sequence of random chance events as life responded and adapted to the forces of nature? That seems to be the opposite of “on purpose.”

I think to suggest that God’s hand was involved throughout the process is contrary to the basic precepts of the theory. Logic tells me that you cannot believe both are true, and to try do so would require diminishing the claims of one or both. I trust that the theologians and scientists can enlighten me.

Jonathan Rice

Rifle


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