Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I am writing this letter on behalf of the music community from Aspen to Rifle, and beyond, I’m sure. I’d like to tell readers about an amazing couple, Jim and Helen Nester.
I suppose you could label them “snowbirds,” but they are far from “retired.” They stay in Florida in the wintertime, and spend their summers in Glenwood Springs.
Their daughter and son-in-law are Lorraine and Craig Curry, my bandmates in The Leonard Curry Trio. I’m sure you must have seen the Nesters. Photos of them dancing have appeared in this paper and the Rifle Citizen Telegram. I don’t think I know anybody who is as involved in the music scene as these two wonderful people.
I don’t think they missed more than one or two of our shows this summer, and they love going to the Farmer’s Market on Sundays in Rifle, as well as the Downtown Market on Tuesdays in Glenwood Springs. They have been to every Music on The Mountain show at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and countless other shows at Steve’s Guitars, Symphony in The Valley performances, and the list goes on.
From the time they arrived in mid-May, until their return to Florida in a couple of weeks, they will have attended over 100 performances, supporting musicians and live music all up and down these beautiful valleys we call home.
Personally, I find that achievement nothing short of astounding, and just wanted to thank them, for myself, and for all the other players who have been lucky enough to meet the Nesters at a show. Thanks, Jim and Helen, you two rock!
This is not a easy task, but someone has to do it.
I have accepted this challenge, because I know from speaking with many others that I represent a great number of people who share the feelings that I’m going to express.
Throughout his administration, President Obama has spanned the globe expressing apologies for our great nation, as if America had much to be regretful about. There are many of us who take issue with these insinuations and exaggerations; however, our views fail to get any degree of exposure or publicity that matches the president’s bully pulpit power, along with a liberal national media performing as his cheering section.
So, in behalf of the proud American citizens who love this country for its exemplary history and its extraordinary humanitarian track record, I am compelled to express apologies for the many unnecessary and unwarranted apologies that President Obama has needlessly expressed.
Let me make this perfectly clear, I am apologizing “about” him, not “to” him, nor “for” him for all his heedless words and actions. My apologies are about a president who is not expressing the will of the people whom he was elected to represent.
Although he may not be sorry for his actions, we are. Our great nation deserves praise and recognition, not apologies, for its historical role of protecting the world against tyranny and aggression.
We have every reason to be proud of our country, as well documented in Tom Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation.” My generation gets it.
Unfortunately, many of our citizens in subsequent generations have been misinformed and misled, not only by the media, but by the omissions and spin that has been put in the teaching, or lack thereof, of American history in our school systems.
Fellow Americans, let’s ignore President Obama’s apology rants and take pride in our country by praising its virtues and being thankful for our blessing of citizenship.
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