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Dear Editor,England is now under siege from religious extremists who have hijacked the Islamic religion, as a cover for their murderous rampages. Is the United States next? It is just a matter of when, not if. Our government must find a way to stop those who misuse our freedom of religion. Our Constitution is not a suicide pact. Those who would force their will on the American people through violence, or try to install their religious laws by intimidation, must be stopped.Chuck Beachamp Grand Junction

Dear Editor,To the reckless driver who hit the doe at mile marker 17 last week and left her stunned but alive in the middle of the upvalley lane of Highway 82 – a deer right in the middle of the right lane, she was stunned and was sitting upright in the road, unknowingly awaiting the next hurtling mass of steel to finish her off. Dripping blood and spittle, she attempted to gather her strength and her wits. Another concerned motorist stopped and ran up screaming, which unfortunately shocked her into standing up and starting to run. I thought she was only stunned, but then I saw her right rear leg flopping uselessly behind her, shattered from the torso down, collapsing in an spasmodic jerk. She gathered her strength once more and flopped over a fence into the pasture, collapsing after only a short distance. An Eagle County deputy arrived in response to my 911 call and walked over to where she lay. As he raised his riot gun to put her out of her misery, she once more gathered her strength and ran on three legs 50 yards across the pasture, collapsing again. At this time, totally sick and realizing I could be of no further help, I left the saddened deputy to the task of cleaning up your mess. As I drove to my office, I wondered if she had a fawn that would now die, and that I counted 78 dead deer and elk this winter just between Carbondale and Basalt. I thought of the many others who were slammed by a predator they don’t recognize but managed to make it to the pasture and die a slow and painful death. Surely we should all just slow down and pay more attention. Then my thoughts returned to you and why couldn’t you avoid a deer crossing the highway in broad daylight? Why didn’t you stop and signal traffic and try to get her out of the highway? Frosty Merriott Carbondale

Dear Editor,Just when I thought Bush could not find anything else to lie about, Tuesday, July 10, on TV, he said, “I did not want to be a war president, but now that we are in a war, we will have to win regardless of the loss of life or how long it will take.”Of course he was in front of a select audience (good thing or they would boo him out of the building). The people of the United States are beginning to revolt when they see or hear him. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Of course he is going to hang on until 2009, when someone else will have to try to fix the mess he got us into.Unless he is impeached along with Cheney, another secret meeting person. I notice Condi Rice is backing off; she is not at Bush’s elbow like she was. Maybe the rats are leaving the sinking ship.The borders are still broken, but Bush does not even mention that subject, but he did take care of Mr. Cheney’s “man.” They didn’t dare let him spend one day in jail. Think what he could tell on those two.Joe Lieberman says, “We have them on the run.” Someone may believe him. Not me.Mildred BaumliCarbondale


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