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“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Let me speak like yourself, and lay a sentence which as a grise or step may help…”



– Shakespeare

My beloved Novel Tea Book Store and its owner, Lori Hutchens, who has sacrificed and lost so much trying to keep it open, I am absolutely heartbroken to see our bookstore close.



In the words of Jane Austen:

“I found, moreover, that the more I struggled to free myself from its deadly embrace, the more the sands drew tighter around me. It was only as the suffocating sands rose to my neck, and threatened soon to cover my mouth and nose, and thusly steal my life (in this case our bookstore) that I noticed a vine dangling just overhead; it is fortuitous, indeed, for whatever my life may be worth that I had thought to raise my hands above my head before the sand covered my midsection, and could grasp the dangling limb and laboriously tug myself to freedom.”

That quote is for those who love books so much that they continue to service our communities and realize that though their tables may sport more bread than meat, there is much wealth to be found in the relationship one builds with a customer finding that perfect book.

“In the end everything will be OK. If something isn’t OK, then it isn’t the end.”

This may be the end of our bookstore momma, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your dreams.

To the public I must say in honor of all those who work for next to nothing to keep small bookstores open, reading can be just as escaping as any drug or drink and can relax you as well as any yoga class. Will you wait until your community is vacant of these small refuges to open your eyes, turn off your damned televisions and pick up a book … not a kindle but a book and see where our great authors can take you? There are three more bookstores left in the valley, please patronize them.

Jennifer Beuter

Glenwood Springs

The issue of this letter concerns the feral cat population of Apple Tree Park and the pending new rule of “not feeding the ferals.”

I just learned of the pending new rule in the light of a few people who have moved into the park in the last 10 years. I have lived in the same space for the last 22 years and done my best to take responsibility for the ferals that lived here before I came and the ones subsequently born here after I moved in. I will admit that because of money problems, I was not as quick as I could have been to spay and neuter.

But – and it is a big but – in the last few years my husband and I have done our level best to cut the population down to just three kittens born here. If I could have caught the darn female, it would have been none.

I have to give kudos to the Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter for helping with the cost. I also have to thank Dr. Green and his staff at the Town and Country Vet hospital for working with me on keeping the ferals healthy. I purchase the meds and give them to any sick cat I can catch, and as such the ferals are probably healthier then I am.

If we stop feeding these cats, they will hunt and kill anything they can catch: songbirds, baby bunnies, etc. Is it better to let them starve and tear up the trash or control the population and keep them fed and healthy?

I am at my wits end. What is the answer, I have no idea, but there must be a middle ground. Any feedback is accepted; my e-mail is ddrops@q.com.

Thank you,

Rebecca Drop

New Castle

I could not agree more with Mr. Nash’s letter on Aug. 18. It is amazing to me that the president of the United States would spit in the face of the victims of 9/11.

Well, I take that back. It doesn’t surprise me because he (Obama) hates this country.

I hope that all of those who voted for Obama are happy that they elected the first anti-American president this country has ever seen. He is a spineless leader who does not deserve to hold the highest office on the planet.

I just hope and pray that we as a country can survive the remainder of his term so we can elect a president who recognizes that we live in the greatest country on earth and will not apologize for it.

November 2010 is the first step toward getting him and all of his socialistic cronies out of office. Get out and vote, America, and let’s get leaders in office that can turn this country around before Obama completely drives us into the ground.

Bill Middleton

Battlement Mesa

In regards to the mosque at ground zero, yes, Muslims do have the right to build their mosque wherever they wish. No one is arguing that point. Obama is evidently missing the fact that it’s offensive, which is not surprising; actually I think it’s his trademark, not understanding anything. I mean, for the love of god, even Harry Reid agrees the mosque shouldn’t be built there, and he is liberal nut.

The only reasons Muslims want the mosque to be built there is to provoke violence between Americans and Muslims, and Obama is encouraging it every step of the way. Since he took office he has done zilch, except make America’s race issues worse and spend money.

The mosque at ground zero is not over First Amendment rights we all know about. This is about right and wrong; kind and cruel. It’s about sympathy for others, and people it affected that devastating day, which should be all of America.

Obama preaches about what Americans need to be doing. Be open-minded, be unprejudiced and tolerant. Muslims can be just as open-minded, unprejudiced and tolerant as Americans, most just choose not to.

Supposedly Obama was solely commenting on primary religious freedoms not specifically on the “wisdom” of the mosque project. There is no “wisdom” other than it’s right or it’s wrong; apparently Obama doesn’t know the difference, also shocking.

If Muslim communities want to be more accepted then they need to help themselves and consider this thought: Christian extremists pulled a 9/11 on Mecca, the center of the Islamic world, a sacred place. Then nine years later some Christians come along and decide they want to build a massive church across the street from where more than 3,000 Muslims were murdered, just simply because they can. Would Muslims be in favor of that? Then their president spoke out nationally in favor of it, the concept is the same.

Muslims would be enraged across the world. I would predict that in no time it would provoke an all-out blood bath. But Americans can’t be irate or they are labeled as racists or conservatives.

Jolene Varley

Carbondale

I’m going to risk the ire of Islam and recommend that wherever a NYC mosque is located, a requirement in the landscaping plans contain an analysis of the presence of stones anywhere near the property. Good planning can anticipate bizarre public humiliation of Sharia law breakers.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Re: Missing an important point (Kathleen Parker)

Yeah, political correctness is all about not hurting anyone’s feelings. Of course, with more than 6 billion people in the world it would be impossible not to and my very existence offends someone in this world.

No, let’s not hurt the Muslims’ feelings; nobody’s feelings got hurt when more than 3,000 people died on 9/11.

I will let New York and the legal community decide what to do with it, it’s their decision and a New York thing.

Gregory Johnson

Rifle


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