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To those who are railing against the person(s) that do not enjoy children behaving badly at the Summer of Jazz concerts, I notice you do not dispute that some children are misbehaving. You only take umbrage at the fact that somebody has pointed out the problem, and suggested a solution you do not like. While I see your point that banning all children from the event is draconian, I do not see that addressing the issue is a bad thing to do.

Parents, be responsible for your offspring. Teach them that the mere capability of doing something is not a good reason to do it. (Screaming is something we are all capable of, but that doesn’t mean we should do it anytime or any place.) The area in front of the stage is not a playground; it is a dance area. Please use it for its intended purpose and take the games off to the side, or to the back of the crowd. And if somebody actually notices that your child is behaving disruptively, get mad at the correct person ” yourself. You have a duty to teach your child well and right, and a responsibility to the community to produce good citizens.

To those who are attending without children, or without disruptive ones, lighten up. No child can be expected to be a model of decorum at all times. A bit of forbearance can go a long way.

And would everybody please leave the original letter-writer alone? She, like everybody else, has a right to express her opinions and be heard with the same respect each of us would wish for when we speak.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

Many people, including Richard Doran, are in a tizzy over the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning detainees at Guantanamo Bay. It appears, according to Scalia, the doors will be opened and all the detainees will run out and kill people. This is hardly the case. The case involves the unlimited use of detention with no charges, evidence, or hope of facing your accusers.

As reported by the New York Times (paraphrased), “The detainees at the center of the case are not all typical of the people confined at Guantanamo. True, the majority were captured in Afghanistan or Pakistan. But the man who gave the case its title, Lakhdar Boumediene, is one of six Algerians who immigrated to Bosnia in the 1990s and were legal residents there. They were arrested by Bosnian police within weeks of the Sept. 11 attacks on suspicion of plotting to attack the United States embassy in Sarajevo.”

“The Supreme Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered them released three months later for lack of evidence, whereupon the Bosnian police seized them and turned them over to the United States military, which sent them to Guantanamo.”

“Their lawyer, Seth P. Waxman argued before the United States Supreme Court that the six Algerians did not fit any authorized definition of enemy combatant, and therefore ought to be released.”

It appears our Supreme Court agrees, not necessarily that the accused should be released, but that perhaps if they were found innocent in their own country, maybe they should have a day in court here.

The true measure of the greatness of this country is how we respond to crises while protecting the basic tenets upon which our country is founded. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy stated, “The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.”

Take heart, Richard, the same Supreme Court ruled this Thursday that gun ban laws are unconstitutional. So you can have your guns ready when they open the floodgates at Guantanamo and the detainees come to Battlement Mesa. Sorry, though, your rocket launchers may be a no-no.

Craig S. Chisesi


How does a simple issue get so complicated?

Should children/adults continue to perform cartwheels and play tag in the front stage area while there is a performance?

In following the responses, I would like to give a perspective. The performers say it is distracting. This alone should arrest the playful antics from the selected few who are apart from the audience.

From my own experience, when performing, I felt respect from those who actually listened, who came to hear and also felt somewhat distracted from the non-attentive, unusual sounds. It takes a lot of work to prepare for a venue, why not show appreciation by listening? Granted, the setting in a park gives a license for some freedom to walk about and chat, but why the extremes? Isn’t there a time and place for everything, and couldn’t we just listen to what talent is being shared instead of proving our “rights” in our free country and encouraging kids to be seen and heard?

Please, if someone was to come to see a kids’ performance on the Two Rivers Stage, would you see other kids dancing in front of them or see the parents of those performing playing tag and chasing kids around? The place of a park is not a license to be inconsiderate and disregard performance etiquette. It just is not respectful.

Simple as that. Why when there is a point of view, must it be taken to an extreme? No one is asking for the children to stay home, just a simple request has been made.

You are not the only family in the park. If you happened to be the only family in the park listening to the top talent jazz venue that week, would you still be expressing your free spirit and playing around, or would you become the captive audience and acknowledge with your listening skills?

We all have a responsibility to notice and act appropriately in given circumstances. It takes training and plain old kindness. Why not return the next night and play your own hearts out? You don’t need music.

Annig Agemian Raley

Glenwood Springs

With Iowa flood waters receding, let’s pay tribute to the citizens who showed the world how to handle a crisis by accepting responsibility and acting on their own, facing the formidable challenges of nature.

Begin by contrasting the orderly sequence of events there to the turmoil that took place in New Orleans. The people evacuated their homes and cities as instructed. They didn’t ignore nor refute warnings from informed authorities and wait to be rescued. Instead, they took initiative upon their own and helped each other.

Furthermore, whereas New Orleans became a war zone with police unable to maintain order, there were no signs of looting or civil disorder in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City or Des Moines.

Above all, the governor and the mayors all acted rather than reacted by doing the right things at the right time.

With the lack of rabble rousing by frenzied citizens, the media mercy mongers were less visible and less vocal in finger pointing and bashing the feds ” the president, FEMA, Corp of Engineers, etc. Actually, heroics by the victims became featured news, rather than usual poor-mouthing by cable news pundits.

Contrasting these two disasters illustrates a fundamental truth. People who are accustomed to providing for themselves are adept at handling a disaster, as opposed to those accustomed to relying on government, even when faced with life or death situations.

Born in Cedar Rapids and raised in Iowa City, I’ve always been proud of my Iowa heritage and treasured the Midwest values that are part of it.

God Bless America, and those brave, undaunted Iowans. They’ll recover, rebuild and restore their lives and communities. There’ll be help from disaster relief sources, but the key element to their success will be the individual initiative that is inherent in their upbringing and lifestyle.

Richard Doran


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