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It is with excitement that I write this letter. With all the glum and gloom about our economy there is actually a group of people who are gathering to make the outlook brighter.

Last Monday I was fortunate to attend the Community Employment Connection, where people who needed jobs, businesses who had job openings and entrepreneurs who had business opportunities all gathered.

We shared ideas about how to help each other find jobs and paychecks. Whether it was through networking or brainstorming, I think we all left feeling a little more hope for our community and the economy.



I would like to extend a thank you to Tonja LaFrenz, Nick Isenberg and Wewer Keohane for creating this event and opportunity.

I strongly encourage people who are looking for work or for opportunities to start their own business to come to the Rifle CMC from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, for the next Community Employment Connection.



There will be a brainstorming session, and tables will be set up for people to exchange business information and ideas.

It is so important for all of us to stay positive and believe in our own abilities to make it financially in this economy. Our communities will stay strong as long as each of us stay strong and committed to growth. We all need to think outside of the box and realize that it takes creativity, vision and belief to live with financial security.

For more info on Tuesday’s event, call (970) 930-0068.

Laine Weinstein

Snowmass

Still think the forked-tongue, talks from both sides of his mouth, Obama is a Christian, as he says? You gotta be kidding!

The Pentagon under BHO’s administration just acknowledged seizing and burning the privately owned Bibles of American soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Printed in the local Pashto and Dari languages, and sent by private donors to American Christian soldiers and chaplains, for distribution to American troops on overseas military bases during optionally attended Christian worship services, they could have legally been given as gifts during off-duty time to Afghani citizens. Citizens welcome our troops in their homes, and Bibles can be given as an expression of American gratitude for Afghani hospitality, promoting the democratic ideals of freedom of religion and freedom of the press.

But the Muslim controlled Al Jazeera television network obtained video footage of the Bibles, held by American soldiers while listening to a chaplain on the Bagram Air Base (inside the base chapel) whose sermon encouraged outreach and personal evangelism. The American values of freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of Christian speech offended some extremist Muslim groups, and angered a small group of American atheists, who demanded the chaplain be punished for “proselytizing” because he simply repeated Jesus’ words to “Go and make disciples of all nations” in church. “But today, instead of confronting Muslim and atheist enemies of religious liberty, President Obama’s Four-Star Admiral Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen now appears to defend the destruction of the soldiers’ privately owned Bibles, stating during a Pentagon briefing that the military’s position is that it will never “push any specific religion.” He did not address the possibility that by seizing and burning privately owned Bibles, the Obama administration is now enforcing state atheism upon our troops.

What? Our fighting troops have no rights of religious freedoms when fighting in a foreign country? Anyone who fails to see this as a horrible trampling of religious freedom and extreme kowtowing by a lily-livered commander in chief, has to be blind.

We shouldn’t tolerate four more years of this.

Juanita R. Williams

Parachute

Should Secretary Napolitano decide to intervene on behalf of Jose Mendoza Turbin and a stay is granted, Jose could go on to graduate nursing school, get a job at a local hospital or clinic and, using his bilingual skills, guide other persons in this country illegally how to circumnavigate proper immigration procedures. But that’s not the best part; he’ll be providing his nursing skills to these people at taxpayers’ expense. It’ll be a win-win situation … for criminals.

Mike Neighbor

Peach Valley


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