Letters to the Editor
Considering traffic and affordable housing woes in the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding area, how about a couple of simple solutions? Company housing and increased promotion of bicycle use and healthy (active) lifestyles?
In response to Mr. Talbott’s recent column “Hoping to be free from Dependence Day,” Mr. Talbott seems to feel that any advances over the past century are for the worse. He sees any attempt by the government to create a safe environment for people to live in as a detriment to society. People don’t live in tents while their homes are being built because they don’t need to. Pioneers lived like they did out of necessity, not choice. Permits and inspectors are needed for new home construction because not all people know how to build houses. In the interest of those people, the government assures that the houses are habitable, not “do it yourself with what you could scrounge up.”
His objection to paying property taxes to finance schools is outrageous. Apparently there would be more people that agree with him if society were to stop building “incredible schools.” If nobody had ever let those women out of the kitchen or had educated people, then modern society would not have any problems, mostly because it would cease to be modern.
Behind his cries of freedom, Mr. Talbott begs for a theocratic society. The government should be less regulatory but at the same time should regulate morality according to his Christian morals. The United States was not founded as a Christian nation and the founding fathers never had that intention; otherwise, they would not have seen the necessity of the separation of church and state. Look at the freedom that is available in nations that do have state religions, e.g., the Middle East. I doubt that non-Christians would see Mr. Talbott’s “freedom gained through Jesus Christ” as freedom at all, probably closer to religious coercion.
I am proud to celebrate Independence Day and all that our nation has gained.
I have a different perspective on the Israel/Palestine situation than John Herbst’s June 29 letter.
In 2006, Hamas won free and fair elections on a platform that promised an honest and effective government. People voted against the corrupt Fatah government and for the social services provided by Hamas. But Israel and the West meddled with the democratically elected choice by imposing devastating economic sanctions. The Palestinian economy and their livelihoods were destroyed.
Recently, after decades of oppression, lack of opportunity and loss of hope, things exploded. People brutalized each other over power. Israel and the U.S., which financially supports Israel ($2.4 billion in military aid this year alone), have to take some responsibility. Israel removed its soldiers and settlers from Gaza in August 2005, but it still controlled Gaza from the sea, air and land. The Israeli controlled borders are mostly closed depending on the whim of Israel, making Gaza a prison of 1.4 million people, about half children. With limited access to the sea and to commerce, Palestinians have difficulty making a living.
Washington’s bias toward Israel is significantly responsible for the appalling situation in Gaza and the West bank. I heard this from several NGO workers.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr declared, “If you have two brothers, put them in a cage and deprive them of basic and essential needs for life, they will fight.” Palestinians must end the violence and the United States and the international community must end the Gaza sanctions that deprive them of their basic needs and hope for a better future.
As we learned when Apartheid ended in South Africa, black-on-black violence was an outgrowth of apartheid ” not an indication that black South Africans were incapable of self-rule.
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