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Dear Editor,I do not have a problem with immigrants that come to this country legally. Our forefathers wrote the Constitution giving people the right to come and become citizens of this country. I have a real problem with people that come here illegally and protest in the streets against our laws, tear down our flag as they did in a town in California on Memorial weekend and chant, “whose street, our street.” If they want to come here and work on green cards and abide by our laws, fine. I have a real problem with our ballots being printed in another language besides English. If these people want to vote, let them become citizens and be Americans. I read an editorial by DeRoy Murdock in the March 13 Daily Sentinel, stating that last Tuesday, the Beverly Hills City Council election ballots were in three languages: English, Spanish and Farsi. Farsi is the official language of Iran.If we aren’t careful, we will cease to be America. The following are quotes from a couple of speeches made by Teddy Roosevelt:”There can be no 50-50 Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 percent Americanism only for those who are Americans and nothing else.”Also, “We have room but for one language here and this is English, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house.”It is time our government officials started enforcing the laws that are already on the books.Elizabeth LewisRifle

Spellebration brings together our most passionate supporters of literacy who return year after year to our annual fundraiser with tremendous creativity.Four Mile Creek Bed & Breakfast owner Sharill Hawkins has brought Spellebration themes to extraordinary life for the past six years. Longtime committee member Sharon Andersen (with an “e”) dots the “I”s and crosses the “T”s long before any spelling begins. Breakfast in America co-owner, Pauline Trujillo, cooked up authenticity for our volunteer’s costumes at the event. Julie Yost measured for accuracy. Add a half a cup of Carol Opeka, seasoned lightly with the likes of Bob Axelson and Mary Haruton, add a dash of Connie Lewis, Debbi Cerri, Ginny Schroeder, Lisa Cain, Eva Fitzwater and Mary Lou Haflinger, and you have created an award-winning fundraiser. While I mention a few stalwarts of Spellebration committee, I recognize and credit all of the irreplaceable volunteers and spellers whose contributions created the inimitable Spellebration experience. This Spellebration marks the last year of a three-year matching grant program generously provided for Literacy Outreach by Alpine Bank. This partnership raised $120,000 allowing us, for the first time in our 21-year history, to move out of the month-to-month survival mode, to a more strategic and learner-focused approach in our daily and long-term operations.Proceeds from Spellebration keep our volunteer tutors professionally trained and helping Garfield County adults improve their literacy skills, their work and personal lives. Our students become better rounded and contributing citizens in their communities. They increase their standard and quality of living.When it boils down to the key ingredients for our students’ success, I would emphatically say that it all begins with the volunteers in our communities who believe that, like our Spellebration tagline, “Reading is a recipe for success.”Martha FredendallLiteracy Outreach directorGlenwood SpringsNo one helped a student who was under attackDear Editor,Originally addressed: To Re-2 School District families and district taxpayers -It is with pain and misplaced trust I write to you, referencing the assault on my precious 14-year-old grandniece while changing classes in Rifle High School at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2007.My grandniece was blind-sided by a larger female student, knocking her to the floor, followed by a vicious kick, fracturing my grandniece’s nasal septum in three places and finished off scratching her face as deeply as possible. Several students witnessed this incident, taking pictures on their cell phones. My grandnieces’ cell phone was destroyed in the attack. No calls for help to 911, none. The teacher who stopped the attack separated the girls into separate rooms to fill out reports. Still not even first aid rendered. The school resource officer was gone on training, with no fill-in officer. Two hours later, my niece was called, asking her to come pick up her daughter who had been involved in a “fight” with scratches on her face – still no EMS, no police.Please, parents and taxpayers, demand accountability from the bottom to the top. Your school district is inadequately managed.Members of our family are fifth-generation Garfield County residents, taxpayers and graduates of this school district. Our family will not be part of the chain of silence. We know how to dial 911.Carol L. (Becker) Collins, class of 1962Hamilton, MontanaPut Cheney in prisonDear Editor,I agree with Hal Sundin’s recent column, “Impeach Cheney, not Bush,” but I would take it further. Dick Cheney is a monster and belongs in prison. Martha Stewart and Pete Rose both served federal sentences for things that were trifling compared to Cheney’s misconduct. How many people doing time right now have harmed our country more than he has?Kenneth JonesGlenwood SpringsSundin’s politics are ‘ridiculous’Dear Editor,Hal Sundin says, “Impeach Cheney, not Bush.”Don’t you think it is time to put Hal out to pasture? He’s a pleasant guy; but his politics are ridiculous. And he shows no signs of joining the real world in any area. And I mean any area.Richard T. MoolickGlenwood SpringsBush has the resources to initiate any war he wantsDear Editor,President Bush belongs to the “Skull and Bones Society.” I believe this to be a group of persons who learn to manage or use laws skillfully. I understand that President Bush is meeting with officials of this northern hemisphere to construct a super trade route through Alaska to the tip of South America. The president says, “The authority for this is already in the original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”The mechanism is already in place for supplying Armed Forces for any war President Bush decides to initiate. On every application for drivers’ licenses in the United States, including individual Social Security numbers, is the following: “For males 18 years of age or older; by signing this application, I am consenting to being registered with Selective Service, if so required by federal law.”Eloise IlgenCarbondaleGlickman the new president of camp for the deafDear Editor,It is my pleasure to announce that effective March 1, 2007, Edwin Glickman has accepted the position of President of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Ed has served as a member of the board for the past five years and is deeply committed to the well-being of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Ed replaces Robert D’Alessio, who had been President of the Board since 2001. We are deeply grateful to Bob for his invaluable contributions to the camp. We are delighted that Bob will remain on the board and actively involved in camp activities.We are excited, optimistic and are very fortunate to have Ed, Bob and our other dedicated board members working so diligently to ensure a vibrant future for the camp. Erin SloneAspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Dear Editor,Originally addressed: To Re-2 School District families and district taxpayers -It is with pain and misplaced trust I write to you, referencing the assault on my precious 14-year-old grandniece while changing classes in Rifle High School at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2007.My grandniece was blind-sided by a larger female student, knocking her to the floor, followed by a vicious kick, fracturing my grandniece’s nasal septum in three places and finished off scratching her face as deeply as possible. Several students witnessed this incident, taking pictures on their cell phones. My grandnieces’ cell phone was destroyed in the attack. No calls for help to 911, none. The teacher who stopped the attack separated the girls into separate rooms to fill out reports. Still not even first aid rendered. The school resource officer was gone on training, with no fill-in officer. Two hours later, my niece was called, asking her to come pick up her daughter who had been involved in a “fight” with scratches on her face – still no EMS, no police.Please, parents and taxpayers, demand accountability from the bottom to the top. Your school district is inadequately managed.Members of our family are fifth-generation Garfield County residents, taxpayers and graduates of this school district. Our family will not be part of the chain of silence. We know how to dial 911.Carol L. (Becker) Collins, class of 1962Hamilton, Montana



Dear Editor,I agree with Hal Sundin’s recent column, “Impeach Cheney, not Bush,” but I would take it further. Dick Cheney is a monster and belongs in prison. Martha Stewart and Pete Rose both served federal sentences for things that were trifling compared to Cheney’s misconduct. How many people doing time right now have harmed our country more than he has?Kenneth JonesGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Hal Sundin says, “Impeach Cheney, not Bush.”Don’t you think it is time to put Hal out to pasture? He’s a pleasant guy; but his politics are ridiculous. And he shows no signs of joining the real world in any area. And I mean any area.Richard T. MoolickGlenwood Springs



Dear Editor,President Bush belongs to the “Skull and Bones Society.” I believe this to be a group of persons who learn to manage or use laws skillfully. I understand that President Bush is meeting with officials of this northern hemisphere to construct a super trade route through Alaska to the tip of South America. The president says, “The authority for this is already in the original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”The mechanism is already in place for supplying Armed Forces for any war President Bush decides to initiate. On every application for drivers’ licenses in the United States, including individual Social Security numbers, is the following: “For males 18 years of age or older; by signing this application, I am consenting to being registered with Selective Service, if so required by federal law.”Eloise IlgenCarbondale

Dear Editor,It is my pleasure to announce that effective March 1, 2007, Edwin Glickman has accepted the position of President of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Ed has served as a member of the board for the past five years and is deeply committed to the well-being of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Ed replaces Robert D’Alessio, who had been President of the Board since 2001. We are deeply grateful to Bob for his invaluable contributions to the camp. We are delighted that Bob will remain on the board and actively involved in camp activities.We are excited, optimistic and are very fortunate to have Ed, Bob and our other dedicated board members working so diligently to ensure a vibrant future for the camp. Erin SloneAspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


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