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May is finally here, with sunshine, flowers, rainstorms and all of the other things that go along with springtime. One important tradition returning to Glenwood is Fine Arts Week, at Glenwood Springs High School. This is a chance for art, music and drama students at the high school to demonstrate what theyve been working on all year, through both the art show and performances by music and drama classes.The school art show, where student artwork is displayed in the auxiliary gym, will be up through Saturday, May 16. The show was judged on Tuesday.On Thursday, the Varsity and Concert choirs will perform at 6:30 p.m. in a special end-of-the-year concert with senior showcases and student solos.Last year a coffeehouse was added to the lineup of Fine Arts Week, where the choir performed several numbers alongside many student solos. The coffeehouse is back this year, but will now consist of performances of original songs by music theory students.It gives new musicians an opportunity to perform their songs for people, theory teacher Shanti Gruber says of the change in lineup. She feels that original compositions will make the performance more like an authentic coffeehouse.Other performances this week include final in-class performances on Thursday by the Drama I and II classes, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Looking beyond the high school, Glenwood Springs Middle School will also have two performances. The middle school band will perform Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the middle school.Admission to the coffeehouse is by donation. All other shows are free, though donations are still encouraged.Come support fine arts in our schools by showing up at any one of these events.Cailey M.C. ArensmanGlenwood Springs

Hal Sundins Pros and Cons of our new president on April 23 reminds me of Wall Street Journals on-target article The insanity of Bush haters.Hal, some day, hopefully, will realize the Bush defeat of Al Gore for president proves that God loves America.President Obama, by his appointments and rhetoric, appears to love all the globe except the U.S.A. Hal believes our President Obama should be given more time than 100 days to prove himself, as do I, even though Hal gave our President Bush no consideration after his election or up to now.If Obama turns out to be as good a president as many of our great black athletes, he will be as good as Abraham Lincoln or our most recent two-term president, George Bush.For the sake of America, I hope this is not just another impossible dream.Sincerely,Dooley P. WheelerRifle

(Editors note: The following letter was addressed to the town of Carbondale, the Carbondale Police Department and the community at large.)We, the StomParillaz, or Carbondale Creative Cycling Collective, would like to make a statement regarding the May 9 Full Moon Cruiser Ride and all future cruiser rides.We are the Super-unOfficial ring leaders of the cruiser rides, but we believe the rides belong to Carbondale as a whole and would like to see the tradition carried on indefinitely.For this to happen, we think it important to communicate what we feel is appropriate behavior expected from our participants and the town folk alike.This past Saturday was one of our largest rides in terms of numbers and longest in duration, due to Carbondale hosting the 5Point Film Festival, the Dandelion Day celebration and live music in three of our bars. We love how many people want to join in the fun, but we are disappointed that some participants of the ride got a little out of hand and were disrespectful to the town as a whole.So, to clarify what is expected as appropriate cruiser behavior, following are some basic guidelines: We will not treat those in cars disrespectfully we shall not purposefully block traffic, and we appreciate car drivers yielding to our group as we move through town. We will observe that Carbondale has an open container law. Open containers of alcoholic beverages will not be condoned as part of the cruiser rides. Any beverages should be safely carried in a plastic bottle on your bicycle. Glass or cans are strongly discouraged for safety reasons. We will do our best to obey laws i.e., not littering, refraining from using fireworks, staying off private property, etc. We will respect the Carbondale Police Department and comply with any and all requests from them. We thank them for always being supportive and tolerant of our full moon cruisers. We will limit our impact in residential areas and not linger for longer than necessary periods of time. Overall mutual respect is expected from all parties.Most Bonedalians live here because we have a creative, vibrant, colorful and tolerant community. Lets do our part to appreciate what makes others happy, and what quirky things make our town so special.Be good, be well, be Carbondale.Luv & SkullBunnies,Rhonda RobertsThe StomParillazCarbondale

Stan, ya missed the point. Speaking for those of us who are tired of the same old diatribes from you and the Parachute/Battlement contingent, please, please, find something new to carp about. The first amendment guarantees the right to free public speech; sadly, a corollary is that it also guarantees the right to the continual verbal diarrhea that you regurgitate.You might want to try retiring the spell checker on your computer and proofreading yourself. The Freudian slip in the first sentence is laughable. We have the right to decent? Decent what? Or was that descent? We have the right to the descent into the mess that the deregulatory politicians led us? Oh that was dissent. Responding to your rant about the Fairness Doctrine, I would say that, yes, Id much rather have the government controlling expression than Rupert Murdoch and Faux News. If youd care to research the history of the Fairness Doctrine instead of ditto-heading Rush Limbaugh, youd find that it was instated back in the 40s for good reasons. You might also discover that it came to a timely reasonable end when enough different outlets for news and opinion became extant. And, God forbid, you might also discover that Barack Obama has consistently opposed re-instating it, as a senator, as a candidate and now as president. Yes, some democratic lawmakers see fit to try to reintroduce it periodically; if I were a gambling man, I wouldnt bet that it would happen in the next 8 years.Finally, back up your statements with facts. Our traditional freedoms crumbling before our very eyes(?) Mandatory payment for others stupidity(?) Have you been asleep for the last eight years? The only traditional freedoms (right to privacy, right to freedom from illegal search and seizure, right of habeas corpus) that have been abrogated recently were all done by the Bush/Cheney administration, not the Democratic Congress or Barack Obama.Try a new tack, for a change. Give us a breath of some different air. You, and we, will all benefit.Bob ShettelRedstone

I read with some interest the letter from Russell Hedman explaining to Stan Rachesky why it was necessary to use the federal government to force conservative talk radio hosts to offer the liberal view point as well as their own.Since it would seem there is a great demand for liberals to be able to hear like-minded radio commentary, and the only reason we have not been able to have this fairness before is that 99% of radio stations are owned by conservatives, I have an idea that is much more in keeping with the American way (not to mention the First Amendment). How about getting some liberals to buy their own talk radio stations?There is no law that I am aware of that prohibits liberal ownership of radio stations. Certainly, there must be a liberal somewhere who is willing to invest his own money for a piece of the public airwaves or perhaps even just support a liberal talk radio program.Then, instead of using the government to monitor and compel the speech of any American citizen, a listener could use his own money to support whatever kind of programming (i.e. speech) he enjoys hearing.Or, since the business of radio programming is driven not by ideology, but by attracting listeners and therefore advertiser dollars how about getting a few liberal thinkers together to do that thing that has made this country great using a little hard work, some talent and some ingenuity to create a few successful and entertaining liberal talk radio programs?That would surely be fair.Just a thought.Melanie DavisGlenwood Springs

Finding their politics to be entirely indefensible, letters authors Vigil and Meyers opted instead to take the timeless right-wing out: amusing insults and the muddying of proverbial waters.Their concerns were multifold but obscure. Meyers stooped low enough to suggest (albeit in good humor) that my presence at the courthouse indicated that I could be an unemployed criminal or even a sex offender. Obviously I am neither, and in truth I was watching the sad charade from my place of business, which happens to afford a view of the courthouse lawn. He seemed strangely perturbed that I may assume a Republican protest to consist of Republicans. He then went on to imply that I am a donkeys behind. Does the intellectual maturity have no limits?!Vigil pretended that I had attacked the idea of protest, which is, at best, ridiculous nonsense. I am opposed to protesters that have no idea what they are protesting (i.e., imaginary charges of socialism). It is a deliberate abuse of their First Amendment rights. Ignorance is inexcusable, especially where it is avoidable.Both authors readily came to the defense of their literacy, criticizing me for pointing out the misspelled sign that was seen during the protest.Then Vigil managed to misspell my name, which consists of only four letters.Not surprisingly, neither made even a vague effort to rise to my challenge, and I have yet to hear a single reasonable explanation as to how our government resembles a socialist regime. However, had they taken a moment to look it up as I earlier recommended, they may not have had the time to grace us with their insults, rhetoric and tripe.For the record, my name is Ryan, not Randy. Thats R-Y-A-N. But no bother. I forgive you.Have a fabulous day.Ryan LeggRifle

There is enough bad news these days to go around.I want to call attention to something uplifting and upbeat: The Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt.Jony and I live to eat breakfast there. The food is great and the service is greater. Service manager Audrey, and wait staff Laela, Laurie and others are dedicated to serving you food promptly and hot. Their energy and smiles have lifted our spirits regularly over the years. Eating there is fun, and youll help the economy, too.We recommend it.Peter and Jony LarroweEl Jebel

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