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Liberal talking points? Please spare us the spin, Mr. Lee Perkins, we hear it every day in the campaign ads on TV. All Americans, with the exception of a small faction, are patriotic. Perkins need to name-call using the invective “liberal” is childish and divisive.

Most conservatives and liberals are patriotic ” just ask them!

Mr. Perkins has, perhaps, conveniently forgotten that it was a thoughtful, door-opening-to-China, arch-conservative Republican, who signed The National Maximum Speed Law, a provision of the 1974 Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act. The Republican interested in conserving fuel was none other than the widely revered Richard M. Nixon.

In 1973, 55,000 patriotic Americans died behind the wheel of the automobile.

Interestingly enough, in 1974, only 46,000 patriotic Americans died behind the wheel of a car in these United States.

So, up until 1974, almost as many patriotic Americans died every year behind the wheel of the car, as died in the entire Vietnam War, (approximately 60,000). Which is poignant; lives were saved, but not a corresponding amount of energy was saved.

This is because the 55 mph law was largely disregarded ” by individuals like Mr. Perkins, who burn up the highway in hot pursuit of family or running over a cute baby polar bear and its not-so-cute mother, (Mr. Perkin’s words not mine).

In 1974 that same President clamped down on the economy with a broad price freeze (enforceable by sanctions). Was this Socialism? Communism? Google price-freeze.

Please, Mr. Perkins, spare us the Conservative talking points, and do a little simple research next time. You owe Mr. Jeung an apology for being offended by his offering of a solution, which you took as an affront to your situation. Are you a part of the problem?

Warner Watson

Fraser, Colo.

Re: John Herbst, “Religion is an all or nothing affair,” Sept. 16 letter.

Herbst exhorts us to “commit [ourselves] in integrity to a doctrinal system,” even if such a system includes “difficult or demanding portions.” I respectfully ask Mr. Herbst if he has committed himself “in integrity” to the following injunctions from the Bible:

To put to death anyone who insults his or her father or mother. (Exodus 21:17)

To kill adulterers. (Leviticus 20:10)

To do away with all “graven images,” carvings or pictures of people, animals, the sun, moon, and stars. (many places, especially Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

To stone to death anyone who solicits people to follow a god or religion other than Herbst’s. (Deuteronomy 13:2-11)

That our nation be ruled by Biblical laws. (Deuteronomy 17: 14-20)

To lobby for a law proscribing women from wearing men’s clothes. (Deuteronomy 22:5)

That “the law and the prophets,” every “iota” and “dot,” hold sway until “all is accomplished.” (Matthew 4:17)

That the words of “Moses and the prophets” are definitive. (Luke 16:31)

That one should not judge others. (Matthew 7:1)

That wives be “subject” to their husbands. (Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:11) and slaves be obedient to their masters. (Ephesians 6:5)

That women be forbidden from speaking in church and, if they have questions, to get them answered by their husbands. (1 Corinthians 34; 1 Timothy 2:11-12)

These are only a few of the injunctions I find in the Bible. Perhaps Mr. Herbst could enumerate several more from other parts of the Bible that he’s aware of.

Karl Oelke

Glenwood Springs

Governor Ritter and the Salazars seem to say, “We’ll only cut the wings off of the Golden Goose extractive industries and leave the rest, producing parts, in place.” Duh?

As to the State of Colorado, yes, put a price on every well location, add tax upon tax on production. The State will still keep and spend the state’s and counties’ share of lease payments and royalties from the feds, give a minimal share to the impacted areas, and keep the price of product high. Talk about “windfall.”

Is the next tax per unit going to be for each cow, sheep, goat and horse in the state?

They do produce gas, you know. Also, some companies drill for utility and fence posts, don’t they? Tax them?

Will anyone else feel sorry for the grounded Golden Goose? Will there be respectful services at the end? The Goose, the workers, stockholders, communities will suffer, and some could even die along with the Goose. We went through this with the last “excess profits” experience. Will history repeat? Maybe, unless people become aware of the theft from their personal income and community well-being.

Vote against all provisions for new taxes, including those on income-producing projects.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

I have to laugh at Denise Moss’s letter stating that Governor Palin is not qualified to be vice president of the United States. All Denise Moss talks about is Palin’s two terms as CEO, the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Is she so ill-informed that she does not know Mrs. Palin has been Governor of Alaska for two years; a state over twice the size of Texas with huge resources and issues?

The governor’s office in Alaska has the most institutional power of all but four other states, according to the Wall Street Journal. Alaska’s governor has line-item veto power that requires a 3/4 majority of the legislature to override (If only the president of the United states could be so lucky). She is commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard, and as governor she oversees 16,000 state employees. Then there is her past appointment as chairwoman and ethics supervisor of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission that exposed two shady deals with companies with Colorado connections.

In comparison, Senator Obama supervised a senate staff of perhaps 40 employees for 145 days. And what about his vast experience as a community organizer? What exactly did he organize and accomplish, Ms. Moss? What was his CEO responsibility?

Seems to me the Republican vice presidential candidate has a lot more executive qualifications that the Democrat presidential candidate, and more executive experience than her vice presidential opponent, who has been in the Senate for more than 30 years.

Richard Woodrow

Glenwood Springs

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