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Dear Editor,

I have not heard one word from any Aspen candidate for mayor or the council address the effect of the “entrance” meeting the goals of the Canary Initiative. Are you about the environment or are you about politics?

How does the Canary affect the preferred alternative? Two lanes for cars and two lanes for HOV/bus + rail. This puts cars and diesels in the same single lane.



Cut and cover bridge. Aspen vote for crossing Marolt open space. Will this reduce the back-up? No. Will this reduce CO emissions? No.

How does the Canary affect the unrestricted four lanes? Four lanes for cars and buses and rail. Buses have pullouts to make pickups to get out of the way of traffic.



Bus lane on Main Street? Yes. This is two of the seven lanes. Rail on Main Street? Yes. This leaves five lanes for cars and diesels.

Cut and cover bridge. Aspen vote for crossing Marolt open space. Two million dollars for EIS. I believe the city and CDOT are holding this over the voters’ heads as blackmail to get the “preferred alternative,” which I call the “expedient alternative.”

How does the Canary affect the no-traffic light at Seventh and Main? A traffic light here has the effect as the current “S” curve, hindering flow and backing up idling cars and diesels spewing CO.

How could the Canary be affected if the cemetery lane traffic would go directly to the current roundabout, and not Seventh and Main traffic light?

Will 2, 3, and 4 be the best to reduce the backup? Yes.

Will 2, 3, and 4 be the best to reduce CO emissions? Yes.

Say “no” to bus lanes. Say “no” to the preferred alternative. Let’s talk environment first, not just buses.

Anything we do now is better than what we have, however; Aspen deserves the best. I sure don’t want to see the Canary die.

Jay “Canary-Bird” Leavitt

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

Israel has not oppressed, maimed or killed innocent civilians deliberately. Every Israeli war has been defensive. Cluster munitions dropped on Lebanon? Remember, Hezbollah first launched rockets into Israel. Rockets packed with thousands of ball bearings in the warheads that upon impact, shredded buildings, cars and Israeli civilians. Imagine that. You’re standing there, and bang, you’re Swiss cheese.

That’s not the big picture, anyway. Last year, Iran was about to get smacked by the United Nations for their nuclear program, but gee whiz, all of a sudden two Israeli soldiers are abducted and unsolicited rockets come flying out of Lebanon into Israel, the whole world is up in arms over Israel as Iran conveniently slides to the back burner. So now, here we are in 2007, and Iran is just about to go to the United Nations again on nuclear issues, and gee whiz, the darndest thing happened again. British soldiers are kidnapped in Iraqi waters and Iran says they were Iranian waters. Again Iran’s nuclear issue slides to the back burner and out of mind.

Have you ever watched a magician make something disappear? Hold the object in one hand, wave a wand over it, say hocus pocus, make a flash of light, and wow, in front of your eyes it disappears. Or did it? The key thing a magician needs to do is distract the mind and the eye for a mere second to mask how he hid the object up his sleeve, in a pocket or hat.

Bring it all together. Iran pulled off political magic twice in front of our eyes. Why? They want nuclear capability. Why? They want to “wipe Israel off the map.” Why would Iran and friends want to kill millions of Jewish people? God blesses the Jewish people, they are the apple of His eye. Likewise, whom God loves, the devil hates. People with God’s spirit in them bless and love the Jewish people. People with the devil’s spirit want to kill them. Consider the Bible and watch the Middle East closely. Magicians don’t pull two tricks. They have many tricks and get better with time.

Jack Huston

Phippsburg

Dear Editor,

I was saddened to hear about the fire on Blake Avenue which displaced the Jenkins and Loya families. To lose one’s home to fire must be a terribly frightening experience.

To add insult to injury, the Post Independent felt it important to report on the state of undress of the Jenkinses. Was that necessary? Was it pertinent to the article?

And further on, Pete Fowler wrote that a neighbor “eventually gave Dustin some boxer shorts and more clothes for him and Samantha to wear.” Gosh, were the boxers plaid?

The dictionary gives the following definition for sensationalism:

1. subject matter, language, or style producing or designed to produce startling or thrilling impressions or to excite and please vulgar taste.

2. the use of or interest in this subject matter, language, or style: “The cheap tabloids relied on sensationalism to increase their circulation.”

Hmmm … Sound familiar? If the Post Independent wants to be known for its sensationalistic journalism, continue with the good work.

I, for one, am getting tired of it.

Cindy Orr

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The Virginia Tech tragedy has shocked the consciousness of America. Television, radio, Internet and newspapers can hardly cover anything else. Every detail about every person involved will be discovered and examined. Nothing can or should diminish the seriousness of this event, or the pain and suffering of the families and friends of the victims. Still, if the Virginia Tech shooting was to happen in the country of Iraq, it might hardly be noticed.

The estimated death count of Iraqi people by a scientific agency was put at 660,000 since the beginning of the George W. Bush invasion. By comparison, Iraq has experienced the loss of 33 people (the number dead at Virginia Tech) some 20,000 times over the last four years. Iraq does not have the opportunity to mourn the loss of 33 of its finest young people, as they would wish to do, when the average loss per day for the war is 452. It is all they can do to get the casualties buried.

Comparing the depth of the tragedy in Iraq to the total U.S. population, an equivalent number of deaths in America would be 5,424 every day. America would have lost, in total, 8 million people in the same period.

In addition to Iraq’s death tolls, 2 million people have left Iraq, and approximately another 2 million are homeless within Iraq. By comparison with the United States, it would be 24 million having left the country, and 24 million out of their homes. These are just numbers and they don’t have the sort of impact as faces and tearful testimonies on the national TV news.

Most Americans have stopped thinking about Iraq in any meaningful way, wanting it to go away. Unfortunately, the catastrophic devastation to that country goes ignored. The Bush administration understands this, and therefore is continuing the fighting instead of trying to end it. Presidents Johnson and Nixon did the same thing. Bush, like his predecessors, is putting party politics ahead of both the lives of the Iraqi people and our military.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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