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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Having resurfaced in his relentless crusade to cloud our judgment with religious pseudoscience, Mr. Herbst has again attempted to target our collective intellect with nonsense. Let’s discuss first what little he got right.

The Bible is certainly no authority on any of the sciences, and on this Mr. Herbst and I seem to agree. Unfortunately, scripture does pretend to provide answers pertaining to the nature of the universe, thus impeding our pursuit of the truth by convincing the gullible of its senselessness.

In the first two chapters of Genesis we witness the author’s confusion of his own fiction ” on which day was man, or woman, created? In the New Testament, the gospels are likewise in a state of literary disarray. Only Matthew and Luke mention the birth of Christ, and their accounts do not agree with one another; Mark and John omit the ordeal entirely. It is this kind of incoherent story-telling, scribed by ignorant people and poorly translated over centuries, that make biblical claims totally incredible.



The Bible does offer some good ” the Golden Rule, honoring your parents, and instruction to not steal what isn’t yours ” fantastic suggestions! But do we really need ancient texts to figure this out?

Let’s examine a few more of the Bible’s teachings:



Beat your children with a stick for their disobedience (Prov.23:13-14); Kill your children for talking back (Lev.20:9); A detailed account on the keeping and torture of slaves (Lev.25); Sell your daughter into sexual slavery (Exo.21:7-11).

Of course, these are but a few examples of some atrocities that can be found in scripture, but it should certainly deter one from implementing it as one’s moral compass.

Mr. Herbst points out that evolution is never mentioned in the Bible and that it must therefore be false. This argument obviously shoots itself in the foot and doesn’t need my help dying.

Finally, he uses the Watchmaker Argument, which goes: A watch must have a watchmaker, so God must be the ultimate watchmaker.

To which I ask: Who then, sir, made the watchmaker?

Ryan Legg

Rifle

What a surprise, another lawsuit has been filed against our lovable but inept sheriff, Lou Vallario.

During the “biggest drug bust in western slope history” (what a joke!), Lou and his Keystone drug cops got confused. Again.

Trident was looking for a petite, dark-skinned Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. They arrested a heavy-set white woman with brown hair, blue eyes and “multiple” tattoos.

After Danielle was arrested in front of her terrified 2-year-old child, she spent two days and a night in the GarCo Taser Palace until $1,500 could be scraped up for bond.

But what can we expect from a clown who used a SWAT team to deliver aspirin and an ice pack to a kid? The parents were handcuffed while the kids watched in that misadventure, also.

How many lawsuits does that make, Lou? I’ve lost count. How much over a million dollars have taxpayers spent defending your clueless butt in court?

The sheriff has an affair with an underling whom he later promotes over a man with 20-years experience and a spotless record. With a straight face, he said his choice was based on merit.

Lou needs a $300,000 anti-terrorist vehicle to do his job. Is the green zone what we want our valley to be, like the one in Baghdad?

I’d like to ask Lou a favor. Since we did pay for that shiny, bullet-proof tank, could he let us see it in the Strawberry Days parade?

There’s never been a $300,000 float in Glenwood Springs. You could even shoot candy out of the machine-gun turret.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Silt

I think I read the article in the Post Independent correctly? I believe it said that there were at least 1,000 people or families that need housing? So the school district and the city are planning on building at least 800-plus units on the old middle school field? That is provided everything goes perfectly well. What does that mean? I still cannot fathom that there are that many teachers, firemen and city workers that do not already own houses in this valley. I think your figures are out of proportion. I am not sure just why you want to build on a field that works for soccer, rugby, etc.

Keator Grove has many homes sitting empty.

There are a ton of rentals in this valley. There are lots of homes for sale. With the oil and gas companies moving out of downvalley, not sure why the school district and the city are so persistent in trying to build more things.

Neither one should be in the housing business. The school district was turned down for funds to build homes.

Is there really a need? With the economy in the condition it is in, does the taxpayer need to fund your program?

I don’t want my taxes to go for building any housing. I can’t afford my taxes now. Where is the town getting all the water and sewer for all of this. I thought the sewer plant was at its capacity now? Does anyone living around this old school get any input, or do the city and the school district just plow ahead and act like we don’t count as long as we pay more in taxes?

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

The author of a 19 May letter expressed some displeasure with actions by the current administration concerning “religious freedoms” of U.S. military personnel serving in Afghanistan. I believe that there are considerations that were not addressed.

First is the fact that U.S. Army General Order Number 1A (GO-1A) addresses prohibitions for USCENTCOM forces in areas of operation where local laws and customs prohibit certain activities that are generally permissible in western societies. The order states that these restrictions are essential to preserving U.S./host nation relations and combined operations of U.S. and friendly forces. It covers practices such as entering a mosque, treatment of archeological artifacts, and “proselytizing of any religion, faith or practice.” Proselytizing is not a “religious freedom” enjoyed by our soldiers under such circumstances, and the rules apply whether they are on or off duty.

Second, citizens of Afghanistan can be charged with apostasy and face the death penalty for converting to Christianity. Proselytizing in such an environment takes on special significance; not a small concern for commanders trying to preserve U.S/host nation relations.

One might argue that Bibles can be distributed as gifts and as such are not part of an effort to proselytize. That needs to be weighed against the fact that the chief of the U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan is shown on film telling soldiers:

“The special forces guys ” they hunt men. We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. Get the hounds of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That’s what we do, that’s our business.”

I leave it to readers to decide how people in other countries might view Bibles as gifts while they are watching and listening to the chaplain’s exhortations. I also leave it to readers to decide how commanders on the ground should reconcile standing orders that prohibit proselytizing with a situation in which soldiers have been provided Pashto and Dari language Bibles and told by a chaplain that they should “hunt people for Jesus.”

Finally, note that GO-1A cited above was signed in December 2000, by General Tommy Franks, Army Commander in Chief. That was approximately nine years before the current administration took office.

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

Shortly after passage of Amendments to The Clean Water Act in 1972, the Corps of Engineers held a public meeting in Grand Junction to explain the ramifications of these amendments. Up to then the Corps only had jurisdiction over “navigable” waters of the U.S. The only “navigable” water in Colorado was the lower Colorado River perhaps as far up as Fruita. The Corps stated that the original version of the bill was written that way, but prior to signing someone removed the word “navigable” from the language without the knowledge of many of the congressmen who voted in favor of passage. Even the Corps was unaware of the change until suit was threatened by environmental organizations.

As a result of this one word a huge bureaucracy grew within the Corps, and concomitant red tape has delayed projects and added billions of dollars in cost with minimal benefits. Property rights have been taken without due compensation, as evidenced by a Montrose rancher a few years ago.

Now environmentalists are pushing to pass even more strangling restrictions, even though all federal agencies have the subject well covered in their own regulations. This is sneaky socialism at its worst.

Dick Prosence

Meeker


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