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Dear Editor,Growing up in Indiana during and after World War II, I remember the Grand Old Party (GOP) as the reliable, conservative, yet willing-to-compromise party in power. Well-known Republicans such as Thomas Dewey (crime-busting district attorney and GOP presidential candidate), Dwight D. Eisenhower (leading general in our fight against fascism and 34th president of the USA) and Nelson Rockefeller (philanthropist, governor of New York state, vice president of the USA) were statesmen of the first order and served our nation with distinction.President Eisenhower made this prescient statement: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”What a visionary! He also warned us about the “military-industrial complex” (read “Pentagon+Halliburton+Lockheed-Martin, et al.”). If he could come back from the grave, I am afraid he would be ashamed, disappointed and angry at the state of the Republican Party today. My hope is that all you true Republicans will rise up and regain control of your party from the neoconservatives who have changed the Grand Old Party to the Grand Oil Party.Jan GirardotGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,After watching George W. Bush and Tony Blair give their rationale for not demanding a cease-fire in the Middle East, I realized that these two Western leaders are completely without the ability to apply logic. So I will do it for them.Let’s say there was a wildfire threatening the lives and infrastructure of several large cities and the chiefs of the two largest fire departments addressed the public and stated: “It’s too bad that innocent people continue to lose their lives and property, but we can’t recommend that this fire be put out until it can be guaranteed that wildfires can be eliminated altogether. This is part of our larger strategy for the global elimination of wildfire. Imagine a world without the terror of fire!”Human conflict, like fire, will never be eliminated from this planet and therefore a policy which states that nothing will be done until we can guarantee complete elimination, is a policy that will fail. For supposedly great and just societies not to use their position of authority to assure that all steps necessary are taken to bring an end to the death and destruction of innocent lives is a travesty.Be advised, the entire world is watching and drawing its own conclusions.Bruce GrayCarbondale

Dear Editor,I would like to address this letter to Keith Wood from Silt. I’m terribly offended by your high opinion of Jesus. As I’m sure you are aware, Christianity is not the only religion in the world. In fact, it is one of the relatively new religious ideas out there. Please do not include everyone in your tirade over a very old, but very highly regarded acceptance of mythological art. Besides, there are more than 1,300 uses of the Greek word theos in the New Testament. The New Testament authors generally reserved the term theos for the Father in order to safeguard the real humanity of Jesus. If “God” had become a personal name for Christ, interchangeable with “Jesus,” the humanity of Jesus would tend to be eclipsed; he would seem to be an unreal human being, a divine visitor merely masquerading as a man. Please remember your humanity and use your beliefs to do a good deed for someone rather than trying to misinterpret the meaning of a piece of art.S. Anderson Carbondale



Dear Editor,If we want to avoid becoming permanent members of the war-of-the-month club, we need to understand how governments seduce us into supporting military adventures. Our perceptions of any event, particularly in times of trauma, are significantly influenced by how the event is framed. Consider Bush’s speeches right after 9/11. He tells a fearful nation, “Our responsibility to history is already clear: To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.”Framed this way, we’re not attempting to understand and solve a particular problem, we’re on a mythic quest, a patriotic mission to rid the world of evil. In the mythic mode of thinking, Good and Evil are reduced to Us and Them. Crucial issues of the world are neatly divided into black and white. You only have to decide “are you with us” or “with the terrorists.” Any diversion from the official narrative means you are “an apologist for the terrorists.”Believing the enemy is evil, we assume he will lie. Therefore, real communication and negotiation are impossible and often aren’t attempted. Complete destruction of the “evil other” is seen as the only solution.Since “We” and “They” are so different, the same actions are “Good” when we do them and “Evil” when they do them. They “slaughter innocent civilians” and we conduct surgical strikes of liberation with occasional regrettable collateral damage. Our thoughtful leaders have checked the war plan out with God. They assure us that he thinks devastating the Cradle of Civilization and torture are great ideas.When we hear the beating of war drums, we must learn to respond with reasoned discourse. We must focus on objective assessment, accountability, communication, and genuinely engaging the world community in creating solutions that minimize bloodshed. At times war may still be necessary, but should be entered into with the knowledge that wars won’t end evil, stop people from terrorizing each other, or make the world safe for Democracy – and they won’t make us completely safe either. War will bring unanticipated, unwanted consequences and kill a lot of innocent people who really aren’t that different from you and me.Jim ChenowethNew Castle

Dear Editor,In the past year the city of Glenwood has made decisions that have greatly increased safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists: islands on Midland, roundabouts in west Glenwood, bicycle lanes on Blake and back-in, safe parking on Cooper. These measures were designed to make Glenwood safer, and yet there were complaints. Change in any form is usually resisted until it is no longer change, when with time, it becomes the norm. All except the newest have receded into non news – so also will back-in, safe parking. I embrace safety!! This feature prevents a child from running into traffic, it affords the opportunity to make eye contact when entering traffic, and one does not have to stand in the traffic lane when putting items in the trunk of the car. These are all preferred safety measures. In the scheme of things, we can adapt to what in the long run will become second nature to us and with practice it will become as easy as parallel parking. One of the requirements for passing a driving test is to back up and parallel park. This concept is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the state and nation. Glenwood is in the forefront of these traffic issues and in making our town safe for all of us, resident and tourist alike. Disclosure: I served on the ad hoc committee that developed the standards for the city. I believed then and do now that the concepts and standards are in the best interest of the whole city. Howard RaleyGlenwood



Dear Editor,I would like to suggest that, just to get started, Brian Delaplane read or re-read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William Shirer. Then see if he can get the History Channel in Germany and watch a new documentary that explores the psychological manipulations of the German people that led them to a mass hysteria in support of Hitler’s appeal to their nationalistic, arrogant and ignorant majority. As Hitler said, “What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.” That some fought after the bandwagon was full of people screaming “Seig Heil!” I have no doubt and only a deliberate misinterpretation of my letter to include all Germans including my maternal grandparents is cheesy. The fantastic rewards of course did not go to the foot soldier, they never do. They went to his top government cohorts and the ones who helped him get there.I repeat, I hate no one. Not Bush, Hitler, nor any person. I hate the nationalistic, arrogant and ignorant actions of the Bushes and the Hitlers no matter what name they go by that have brought hell on earth.The point once again. Only the people who find themselves attracted to such minds can stop it early and effectively, the ones paying attention, who are not willing to drink the same old wine in a new bottle. They will not freeze to death in their lightweight uniforms nor die in unarmored vehicles and will refuse to send anyone else to do so, either.Sharon RobynParachute


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