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In 2003, former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm gave a speech to an immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, D.C. In that speech, he warned us about the perils of unrestricted immigration and multiculturalism. He called this speech, “I have a plan to Destroy America.” The first step in his plan was to make America a bilingual-bicultural country. He pointed out that the histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension and tragedy. The second step is to invent “multiculturalism” and encourage immigrants to maintain their own culture. He suggests that he then declare that the only cause for black and Hispanic dropout rates are because of discrimination by the majority. No further discussion allowed.Third, he suggests we celebrate diversity rather than unity. Replace the melting pot metaphor with a salad bowl metaphor. Fourth, he says he would make our fastest-growing demographic group the least educated. Fifth, he would establish the “Cult of Victimology,” persuading all minorities their lack of success was all the fault of the majority. Sixth, he would promote dual citizenship and divided loyalties. Unity keeps societies together and stable; a diverse society is against most historical precedents. Seventh, make it taboo to talk about any of these subjects. Richard suggests finding a word similar to “heretic” to stop discussion and paralyze thinking. Words like “racist” and “xenophobe” halt arguments and conversation, they should do nicely. He then adds, “Having made America a bilingual-bicultural country having established multiculturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of ‘victimology,’ I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good.” Eighth, Lamm would censor the book “Mexifonia,” by Victor Davis Hanson. “This book is dangerous – it exposes my plan to destroy America, so please, please – if you feel that America deserves to be destroyed – don’t buy this book! This guy is on to my plan.”Joe BlancSilt

Next time any of you decide to attack me personally because of my opinions, go look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What have I ever done for my country? Would I be willing to risk my life for American ideals, my family, our American way of life?” I did.Robert W. Boyle of New Castle talks about the fat cats of our society, who are in reality hard-working successful leaders who make it possible to employ millions of hard-working people who keep our society going. To me, the term fat cats of our society are just the common Americans at the mall.In closing, I strongly suggest you carefully choose the next president of the U.S. not by gender or color. That’s not what the job is about. Vote for the candidate who is most qualified for the position. Most importantly, one who possesses strong character and moral fiber, and who will keep us safe and secure in these turbulent times. I wish our choices included either Clinton or Romney. But they don’t. Think before you vote. Your decision will affect generations to come. That’s how important this election is.Stan RacheskyGlenwood Springs

I am writing on behalf of the Red Hill Council, the private nonprofit that works with BLM to plan, manage and care for Red Hill (aka Mushroom Rock) outside of Carbondale. The Council has worked with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) on Red Hill trail construction/maintenance projects for many years. The selfless contributions of their members have given the valley miles of public trails at no charge and that would not be there or would be in poor condition.In May, RFOV joined forces with the Red Hill Council, BLM and area volunteers to construct water bars, rock walls, and numerous trail improvements on Red Hill’s Three-Gulch and Blue Ribbon Trails. David Hamilton and his crew are impressive with the organization they bring to these endeavors. Their project and team leader skills are essential to a safe and productive day and promote the high energy levels of everyone that is involved.Thanks go out to all of our Project Partners and Sponsors: BLM, Red Hill Council, RFOV, and the Colorado State Trails Program. We also appreciate the generosity of our food sponsors for donating the great provisions: Grana Bread, Restaurant Six89, Red Rock Diner and White House Pizza; and to Ella Restaurant, Ajax Bike & Sports, Independence Run & Hike and Ute City Cycles for the raffle prizes. You guys rock.We are lucky in this valley to have RFOV available and eager to work in concert with land managers, local governments and community organizations. This collective spirit is essential to our valley trail system. The Red Hill Council is unanimous in its opinion that without the help of RFOV we could not have accomplished the quantity of projects we have completed to date. If you are a trail user in the valley or you simply support public trails, I urge you to contribute to RFOV’s efforts by becoming a member and/or getting involved. It is all of our responsibility to give back a little for all of the outstanding trail benefits we receive.Davis Farrar Red Hill Council president



R.W. Boyle’s letter to the editor quoted Laureate Sinclair Lewis as saying, “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Fascism has come to America, not by flags and crosses, but by liberal fascism. Fascism uses politics to turn society from the individual to a whole. It does this by making the state more powerful than the individual, and it is enforced consensus over debate. Liberals preach tolerance, but they have no tolerance for anyone’s opinions but their own. If you disagree you are called a racist, sexist, homophobe or something else. They want to criminalize the ideas or actions of people that they do not agree with. Case, in California, former Attorney General Bill Lockyer is trying to criminalize disagreement on global warming. Bill SB11, also in California, required any program or activity that receives any funding from the state to support transsexuality, bisexuality and homosexuality or lose funding. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez stated, “Our purpose is to outlaw traditional perspectives on marriage and family in the state school system.” The Bill was signed into law. True tolerance? This is happening all over the country. The fanatical left is changing and controlling our thoughts and beliefs through legislation that it can’t do through the military and the flag. More and more, the government is taking more control over our lives and thoughts. We are becoming a nanny state, not by conservatives, but by left-wing militant liberals. From their Stalinistic approach to smoking bans; what light bulbs we are allowed to have in our homes; what oils restaurants are allowed to cook with; police “Safety Check Points”; the environment (green, the new red) all under the guise of taking care of us; and the unwashed masses that can’t make decisions for ourselves. They are also trying to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, which would essentially silence any conservative speech. As a conservative, I’m for limited government, individualism, democratic debate, capitalism and the government leaving me alone. By the way, Dennis Kucinich sees UFOs. So who are the true fascists? Andy StanczakSilt


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