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I am writing in response to the many letters from community members who wish to engage in religious debate in the Op-Ed pages of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. I firmly believe in everybodys right to free speech, no matter how very tiresome the speechifying has become. Which raises these questions. Are these the only letters you have received? Arent there other concerns among your readership besides defining the nature of a Supreme Being?To those who would declare the Christian God as presented in the Bible is the only correct belief system, remember the words found in the Gospel of Matthew 6:5-6. In other words, dont take it to the streets. Believing is good, but Jesus instructs you to keep it between you and your God.For those who proclaim this nation was founded by Christians, and therefore God should be prominently displayed on our currency, in our courts, on public works, etc., my response is that Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, Franklin, and Lafayette were all Freemasons. As such, they took seriously the principle that men should worship according to their own conscience. The United States reaffirmed its intention to remain a secular nation in the Treaty of Tripoli, Article XI, which was negotiated during the latter part of Washingtons presidency, signed by President John Adams and ratified by the United States Senate June 10, 1797. The article states in part, As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Musselmen (sic) To those who do not believe in the Christian God as presented in the Bible, or simply do not agree with the religious opinions expressed by some of your neighbors, I humbly ask you to be a Voltaire-ian. Just take a deep breath and repeat his words: I do not agree with what you have to say, but Ill defend to the death your right to say it.Becky PennGlenwood Springs

The waters of the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork splash downvalley happily together these days. And part of their celebratory song may be that more and more of us humans are doing something about the throwaway culture that threatens the health of our earth.For instance, about 80 percent of the trash generated at this summers Basalt River Days was diverted from the landfill, destined to be recycled into new products or composted into fertilizer. This is a pretty impressive statistic and we can thank Seann Goodman, who was hired by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce to organize the effort. With advice, bins, signs and so forth from the experienced trash-handlers at the Carbondale Mountain Fair, Seann worked with River Days vendors, town of Basalt staff and local volunteers to man six trash stations where visitors learned the art of trash discrimination.Many thanks to him and everyone who helped in this nifty unglamorous cause.Ann MacLeodBasalt

I would like to acknowledge and thank the people who contributed time and skills to make my one-man show, Doc Holliday Live, How It Was!, for The Frontier Historical Society and Museum a success: Connie Lewis for the fine poster to advertise the show and Don Chaney at KSNO, Aspen, for the fun radio interview with Doc. Stina Sieg, reporter for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, for the nice article and front-page placement in Options. Historical Society Board members Scott Werking and Mark Howard who manned the door and sold tickets; Renick Stevenson or his management of the facilities provided by The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. John Hines, creator of the backdrop for the show, the lift and tote of all the support items and, as always, his personal support for my performance. Cindy Hines, the powerhouse behind the activities of the Frontier Historical Museum and the lady who always gets it done right. (How about those birthday cakes!)Finally, our community; those of you who choose to attend and support the museum and its activities, thank you for coming, your attention and your kind comments on my performance. I am most grateful to you all!R.W. Boyle aka DocNew Castle


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