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I am writing to help clear up any misconceptions about our school in relation to President Obama’s speech to students on Sept. 8, 2009. We are a charter school that is part of a statewide school district named the Charter School Institute. We are geographically in the Re-1 school district but we are not part of the Re-1 school district. No administrator at our school or our district banned the showing of Obama’s speech on Sept. 8.

Administrators have a serious role in schools in guiding curriculum and maintaining a safe environment for our students; however, administrators should avoid academic censorship. I have never banned speeches by the president of the United States from being used by our teachers.

I invite you come to our school at 407 Merrill Ave. in Carbondale on Tuesday. We will be grilling burgers (organic beef and veggie) for a class fundraiser. I would love to show you around our great school and introduce you to our wonderful students and talented faculty. Please call me at 963-7199.

Mark Grice

head of school, Ross Montessori School

I am really getting tired of opening up my newspaper every day to read these cruel letters about Judy Haptonstall’s decision regarding airing President Obama’s speech in the Re-1 district. I don’t agree with her decision, either, but I disagree more with her being publicly bullied! In Obama’s eulogy for Ted Kennedy, I’m hoping this will be a refreshing departure of what is normally printed in Your Letters:

“We cannot know for certain how long we have here. We cannot foresee the trials or misfortunes that will test us along the way. We cannot know God’s plan for us.

“What we can do is to live our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all cost to make a better world, so that someday, if we are blessed with the chance to look back on our time here, we can know that we spent it well; that we made a difference; that our fleeting presence had a lasting impact on the lives of other human beings.”

Judy Gillespie

Glenwood Springs

I am shocked at your despicable decision to print the tragic accident story involving Jon Pittenger on your front page. Being that you are a small town local paper, that puts your journalistic professionalism lower than the National Enquirer. There were obviously innocent children involved that live in this valley. It is shameful and disgusting that you would add so much hurt and grief to this family.

You could show this community that you are indeed a professional and apologize on your front page for your lack of foresight into the harmful consequences your actions spewed onto this family.


Barbara Echter

McIntosh, Fla.

The Eagle County commissioners have asked the Pitkin County commissioners to support their request for $70 million of stimulus (taxpayers) money to fund the construction of a new interchange along I-70 to provide a new access to the Eagle airport. This is the biggest boondoggle in the recent history of expenditure of scarce highway money, even worse than the $11 million to be spent building three roundabouts at the I-70/Edwards interchange. The airport is adequately served by interchanges at Eagle and Gypsum.

If the Pitkin County commissioners were of a mind to support anything, here are some suggestions:

1. Funding for a new route for SH 82 through Glenwood Springs. If a disaster were to strike the bridges at Glenwood Springs, the only accesses to the upper Roaring Fork valley would be over Independence or McClure passes.

2. Four-laning of old US 6 from Dowd Junction to Gypsum, which would serve many more people than a new interchange for the airport.

With the prospect of even less money for highway improvements in the future, every request not related to improved safety should be scrutinized carefully.

Dick Prosence


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