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Dear Editor,The latest issue of the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition newsletter links to an article urging consumers to buy their gas at Citgo in support of Chavez, in contrast to loyal American leftists like Rep. Rangel: “You don’t come into my country and insult my president,” and Rep. Pelosi: “Chavez demeaned himself and demeaned Venezuela.”Of course the RFPC has a disclaimer that inclusion of articles in its newsletter does not necessarily reflect the coalition’s position on any issue. The RFPC claims it is not a political organization, but the subtext to its lofty mission statement is unwaveringly one of left-wing extremism. Hugo Chavez is an avowed enemy of our country. It is reprehensible to circulate a call for action in his support.The RFPC is enthused about interfaith dialogue with Muslims. Authentic anti-Jihadia, whether Muslims, former Muslims, or Christian Arabs, are not engaging in ambiguous discourse, but are risking their lives to warn us of the danger we face. In minimizing that danger, the peace movement is, however unintentionally, supporting Jihadia.The peace movement is in a time warp, thinking this is 1968; it’s not – it’s 1938. Appeasement ended for Europe with the German invasion of Poland. Isolationism ended for America at Pearl Harbor. Will America wake up before Chavez’s Iranian pal dispatches a Jihadia with a nuclear suitcase to an American city?We still have a choice. We can heed groups like the RFPC seeking to undermine counter-terrorism. Or we can hear Arab American psychiatrist Wafa Sultan define this time that is fast running out, not as a clash of civilizations, but a struggle between civilization and barbarism.Judith KingGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Last winter, I was invited to volunteer as the campaign manager for Garfield County Commissioner Tresi Houpt’s re-election campaign. I have spent the last eight months working with dedicated and talented volunteers who meet weekly to work on this campaign.This committee has put together grassroots fundraising events in every town in the Colorado and Roaring Fork River valleys, giving Tresi an opportunity to meet with Garfield County citizens and raise funds for her campaign. We were delighted to see Tresi named the front-runner in contributions for her race. We’re particularly pleased that more than 50 percent of those contributions were $50 or smaller, demonstrating Tresi’s broad base of support in this diverse county. On the behalf of Tresi and her campaign volunteers, I would like to thank these citizens of Garfield County for their generous support – both monetarily and with words of encouragement. We have five weeks left with plenty still to do, and I appreciate the continued efforts of all those who have pitched in to help Tresi in her campaign to win this election.Paula SteppGlenwood Springs


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