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Shortly, Congress will vote on the Obama administration’s request for $ 83.4 billion in supplemental funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House Appropriations Committee has increased this amount to $94.2 billion.

Both secretaries Clinton and Gates have said that economic assistance and diplomacy are the road to stability and security, but only about 8 percent of the funding in this bill is for nonmilitary activities, the rest for military operations.

There is no military solution in Afghanistan. U.S. air strikes inside Afghanistan and Pakistan are stirring up more suffering, fear and hatred towards the United States. A recent U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan killed as many as 100 civilians including children. In 2008, air strikes in Afghanistan killed some 552 civilians. The estimated cost of a drone attack is more than $4 million.



Please call Sens. Mark Udall (202) 224-5941 and Michael Bennet (202) 224-5852 and Reps. John Salazar (202) 225-4761 and Jared Polis (202) 225-2161 and ask them not to vote for this supplemental appropriation.

Cathleen Krahe



Carbondale

Whoa ” did you see how gas prices have gone up in just a few days?

Wow, I figured that they would reach $2.50 per gallon by Memorial Day. Gas stations didn’t even wait until just before that. They have gone up 30 to 40 cents a gallon in just a matter of days. They must be going to hit $3 a gallon for the holiday.

There is no place to complain to. No one in the government cares one bit? They can just grin and say, well, you need to do more walking ” giving the oil and gas companies another quarter of really high profit? I guess they figure you are still in shock from getting your tax valuations, that you won’t notice that they are sticking it to us again.

Jane and Hank Spaulding

Carbondale

One of the greatest things about freedom of speech is that we can write letters back to Stan to let him know just how wrong he is.

Yes, us Democrats do have a majority standing. In the House we have 256 Democrats and you have 178 Republicans. In the Senate 57 Democrats and 40 Republicans.

Now, I do believe that during Bush the Republicans had control, and look what it’s done to this country. We’re in war and a recession, and all of it is due to a horrible eight years that Bush led us through.

I believe when I’m 80 my stories will be, “I remember when this country survived the worst president in my lifetime.”

This was a man that actually said to a divorced mother of three, “You work three jobs? Uniquely American, isn’t it?”

This is a man that had no concept of being poor. No concept of working hard. And obviously he had no concept of sympathy. No one wants to be attempting to raise three kids and forced to work three jobs.

A German newspaper asked Bush what his best moment in office was? He replied, “I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake.”

Thank God this man is not our president any more. I am grateful that we voted in a smart hardworking man that says things like, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Obama can inspire this nation to believe in ourselves and have some sort of hope that things will get better in time. It’s time people stop criticizing Obama and begin to support him. We have four years, and we need to believe he will make things better. I mean how can he make it worse?

So, Stan and others that doubt Obama, be a little more optimistic and don’t think the worst of this man. He’s trying to help us.

Mariane Maynard

Glenwood Springs


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