Judith King’s letter titled “Racism bubbling beneath the rightist’s rage” is evidence of the “rage” not bubbling but growing like a malignancy in the left-wing factor today. Her letter is filled with hate and anger directed at anyone who’s political philosophy leans right. McCarthy was a Republican censured by the United States Senate for his radical views on the Communist Party infiltrating this country. He was a nut case who died from the affects of alcohol. He is not a typical Tea Party member. Haley Barbour must be a racist because he was 16, living in Mississippi in 1964, and does not recall racial incidents as “being that bad”. At 16, the only things I was interested in was girls, rock & roll and fast cars. It was the Southern Democrats that fought the Civil Rights Movement. How about George Wallace Judith? Why not use him as one of your examples of racism?Left-wing constituents today can’t accept that they were spanked hard this last election. Americans did not like the path President Obama and the Democratic controlled Congress were taking. Sarah Palin is now the whipping girl that every left-wing nut out there blames for the loss. Every word, action, blink, shrug or cough she makes is filmed, scanned, micro analyzed then printed by left-wing papers and news agencies as they see her. Sarah disagreed with a black American. She must be racist. I disagree with Obama, Oprah and Whoopi, does that make me a Racist? If a white football player tackles a black player on the field, is he a racist? That’s how insane your view is. You have become your own enemy. McCarthyism is defined as “Reckless and unsubstantiated accusations as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.” God bless Sarah Palin for her willingness to subject her family and herself to the unfounded lop-sided ridicule of the left-wing press and followers. Norm ShrollGlenwood Springs
To the trustees of CarbondaleFear is often a reason for resistance to change or progress. Let it not be the reason for non-support toward Ross Montessori’s desire for a permanent facility in Carbondale.The decision to enroll our son at Ross was based not on the ethnic or socio-economic blend of students at the school, but on the teaching processes that best matched his learning style and still continue to do so. It’s a privilege to live in a town with educational choices, and good ones at that. It’s a privilege for my son to have friends and play sports with kids from all of the schools.Each year the mix of families attending Ross Montessori more closely matches the ethnic and socio-economic mix of other public schools in the area, thereby changing the perception that it is a choice based on income and race. There are plenty of working families, including us. Accepting each others’ differences and personal choices does more for teaching tolerance than trying to make us all the same. Carbondale is an eclectic town with a variety of genres that all seem to get along. Our schools can and should do the same.The students and families of Carbondale and the surrounding area deserve to have Ross Montessori as an educational option. There will come a time when our son will join another school system. I wish for him be judged on his character rather than where he previously attended school.Kindly, Martha M. Rose Carbondale
One can agree with Ross Talbott (Jan. 10, 2011) that legislation thousands of pages long seems inconsistent with “transparency,” but he doesn’t understand even the simpler legislative statements he longs for, such as the First Amendment. How, he asked, did it come to imply a “wall of separation between church and state?” Here is a partial answer.In 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote that, “. . . no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened (sic) in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer, on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.” Jefferson’s words became law in Virginia, were later incorporated into several state constitutions, and have been relied on by our courts to establish the principle that government has no business mixing into religion.Then Mr. Talbott asked why that mysterious (to him) principle is used primarily to keep Christianity out of public schools and buildings? It is because nearly 79 percent of Americans consider themselves Christians. The second largest group is Jewish, at about 2 percent. Muslims and Buddhists are less than 1 percent each. All non-Christian religions combined comprise less than 6 percent of us. So what group beside Christians could even hope to insert religious beliefs into our public life?Mr. Talbott said he likes to “Keep it Simple, Stupid.” I don’t blame him. He appears ignorant of our history and civics, incapable of researching facts to answer his own questions, incapable of reasoned argument and incapable of distinguishing his personal beliefs from constitutional principles underlying the country he claims to love. Even “simple” is more than he can cope with. He may be a nice man and he certainly has a right to rant in 350 words or less, but he should not be a columnist in your newspaper.Ron Kokish Carbondale
The greatest thing about America is that we are a democracy. What that means is that we elect our leaders through the process of voting. If we don’t like a leader or his/her decisions then we campaign and vote against them in the next election. That is how our country works based on the Constitution.Those who commit acts of violence against elected officials, threaten the very core of our democratic system and our country. Regardless of what an individuals’ beliefs are or how upset they may be at a vote, when they commit an act of violence against an elected official they are truly the ones who are “anti-American.”In many ways, those that promote violence toward elected officials are also “anti-American” and should also be held legally responsible for “Inciting violence.” If we as a country are going to solve the many problems we face, we are going to have to work together and respect the laws laid out by our Constitution. We are also going to have to be vigilant in protecting those elected officials who are brave enough to run for office and take on those responsibilities.Thanks for listening and God bless America.Joe MollicaGlenwood Springs
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