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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mr. Herbst submitted a letter last week wherein he made a presumably serious attempt to elevate scriptural myth and fantasy to respectable heights while dismissing such theories as Darwinian evolution and the Big Bang.

The problem he seems to be having with these theories is he does not fully understand them, and as is so often the case with those determined to turn their backs on the mountains of supporting evidence, he likely has never made an effort to educate himself on the subjects. Like so many, he claims to not believe in something he refuses to study in the first place. Let me guess, sir, the Bible told you it is sinful to look into anything that contradicts its fiction, right?

Richard Dawkins, biologist and author of “The God Delusion,” would call this the “Argument from Personal Incredulity.” Put simply, Mr. Herbst merely finds these theories too fanciful to believe. He does, however, find the Genesis myths believable. He honestly thinks it is more likely an invisible giant used super powers to make our species and cosmos in a matter of days. This he can understand? This he can believe?

Science has killed religion. Keep closing your eyes to it ” the truth will wait for you.

Species don’t evolve? The laws of physics don’t paint a picture of a realistic beginning of the universe? Yet you and your ancient, out-dated scriptures would have us believe in talking snakes, virgin births, and rising from the dead?

I don’t know about you, but I stopped believing in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and an imaginary god when I left my childhood behind. Aren’t you ready to leave childish things behind as well?

Ryan Legg

Rifle

I spent Easter morning in a way I never anticipated. Mountain Shadows and Apple Tree residents woke to find a stylized “187” spray painted on our station.

Initially I was angry, but as I cleaned the doors, local residents stopped to share their anger and fear. Their firehouse was defaced, their neighborhood threatened. Some left Los Angeles to escape this kind of thing. California police use “187” as the code for a homicide.

Perhaps these taggers were frustrated, without the social skills to express outrage at a murder 2,000 years ago. I’ll try to keep that thought. Taggers are cowards, working in the dark so they won’t get caught.

The building they attacked supports emergency responders who come, night or day, to help those who call. Fire department members not only risk their safety and future, but do so as volunteers. When called, they don’t say “I’m tired,” or “I have to go to work,” or “It’s Sunday.” They respond. I’m incredibly proud of these dedicated people.

The citizens’ concern was real. They don’t like being threatened. Some came to Western Colorado to raise their children in a better place. I respect their concern, and offer my assurance the brave men and women of Garfield County emergency services will always respond to their calls for help. But they need your support.

If you want to live in a better place than the one you left, you have to make it better. When someone does something which is clearly wrong, contact law enforcement. When asked to serve on a jury, do so. Listen to the case, decide it based upon the merits and the law as explained to you.

Most importantly, remember those who caused anxiety in our community this Sunday are somebody’s kids. Someone didn’t take time to teach them right from wrong, or there are consequences for poor behavior, or respect can only be earned by showing respect.

Please love your kids enough to teach them about community, active participation, and why some days are just not the right time to act poorly.

Chief Brit C. McLin

Burning Mountains Fire Protection District

The Fraternal Order Of Eagles and the Glenwood Elks Club held a joint celebration dinner in memory of Terry Kramer, the president of the Eagles, on Friday at the Eagles Club, 312 Seventh St. in Glenwood, with over 150 people participating. Terry was a member of both community service fraternities and did numerous good works at our schools, too. He also made the finest cabinetry around.

We have started a scholarship fund in Terry’s name at American National Bank. You can call Randy at 970-948-5953 or drop a donation at the bank for the account of “The Terry Kramer Fund,” or mail any tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 986, Glenwood Springs, CO. 81602. Checks can be made payable to the F.O.E. Or The Terry Kramer Fund.

We would like to see any young person who wishes to do wood crafts or fine cabinet work be able to pursue their dream. The good works Terry did for almost anyone he knew will be carried on in his name.

His family thanks you, as do the members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Elks.

We need to keep our community ever mindful of all the good people, like Terry Kramer, and an educational scholarship is a very good way to do so.

Randy Smith and

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 215, Glenwood Springs

The letter from young Mauricio Nunez Jr. ( Post 3/25) was so sweet. I’d have had a seizure if I was diabetic. Who has been filling this lad’s little head with all this open-border drivel? It’s time for junior to get a dose of reality.

Mauricio, if we allowed everyone who “just wanted a better life” to come to our country, half the world’s population would live here. That would turn the U.S. into a Third World country, like Mexico. A country filled with crime, poverty, corruption, and squalor; all the things illegal aliens run away from.

Each year the U.S.A. allows over one million immigrants to enter our country legally. Mauricio never used the word legal or illegal in his letter. Maybe some English as a second language teacher should introduce it to his vocabulary.

You see, Junior, we Americans get to choose who we allow into our country, just like you get to decide who comes into your home.

Legal immigration is what made this country great. Illegal immigration is a plague which needs to be eradicated, or it will rot our country from the inside out.

If you are a legal immigrant we welcome you. If you are an illegal alien, keep looking over your shoulder, because eventually your butt will be deported.

That, young man, is the reality of the situation.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Silt

Most people would agree there is something terribly wrong with shooting and smashing in the skulls of baby seals, yet despite international outrage, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of these gentle animals every year.

By allowing the massacre of baby seals to continue, the Canadian government dismisses the concerns of decent people all over the world. As the country prepares to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada’s shame will overshadow Canada’s Games.

Canada, we are watching. You must act now and do the right thing. This is a hugely grotesque and heinous act of violence and I truly do not know how you can look yourselves in the mirror at the end of the day. When you close your eyes at night … what demons do you see? You have the power and the wisdom to do some good in this world. Start utilizing it.

Judy Marshall

Glenwood Springs


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