Letters to the editor
Dear Editor,We applaud your attention to the “Blue Planet Run” (Aug. 13). While we support the intention of the project – to raise public awareness of the need for clean water for everyone all over the world, it is outrageous not to mention that the event is being exploited by Dow Chemical, a company that continues to deny clean water for communities from its headquarters in Midland, Mich., to Bhopal, India. As the event’s $10 million sponsor, Dow is trying once again to “greenwash” its image.Dow Chemical plants continue to dump dioxin into our country’s water, from San Francisco Bay to Seadrift, Texas. A few weeks ago, Dow went on trial in Los Angeles for sterilizing Nicaraguan banana workers with its pesticide DBCP (Nemagon). Dow is the 100 percent owner of Union Carbide, responsible for the worst industrial accident in the history of the world in Bhopal, yet has refused to accept liability for cleanup of the water or taking care of the thousands of surviving victims. Some of the same executives responsible for the negligence that caused the tragedy are still in power at Dow. They could have spent the many millions they are spending on their “Human Element” advertising campaign, a campaign that includes sponsorship of the Blue Planet Run, on cleaning up their contaminated sites that ring the globe. But Dow’s approach is to refuse responsibility for human suffering: for Agent Orange, for example, or for its many harmful pesticides including the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos. Rather than seeking “green chemistry” alternatives, it is increasing its destructive production. This spring in Pittsburg, California, it completed expansion of the only plant in the world that manufactures the deadly fumigant pesticide, sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane).The clean drinking water sought by Blue Planet Run will be so much more possible when polluters like Dow Chemical are held accountable for contamination, rather than honored as humanitarians. Steve Scholl-Buckwald, managing directorPesticide Action Network North America, San Francisco
Dear Editor,It seems to me that a very simple, inexpensive win/win solution to the big bear problem in the Roaring Fork area is in the Division of Wildlife’s hands.Simply reinstate the spring bear hunting season that was in place for many years, and then canceled about 15 years ago.Why not let legal hunters, using only bow and arrows in urban areas, thin down the bear population? It would make the pet owners, sloppy garbage owners, small children, parents, taxidermists, locker plants and the hunters happy.Bear meat is very edible and makes a fine rug for the wall or floor in front of the fireplace.It seems a better solution than having the Division of Wildlife kill nine or more bears.Ed BurklandGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor, One easy step to help curb global warming is replacing one or more conventional light bulbs with efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).The grassroots group Go Green Basalt will be giving out 100 of these new bulbs, free, at Basalt River Days, Saturday, Aug. 18, in Lions Park. Thank our forward-thinking utility, Holy Cross Energy, for donating the bulbs.Ann MacLeodBasalt
Dear Editor,It is difficult to determine whether or not Mr. Stephen Bershenyi (Aug. 15 letter) has a brilliant rebuttal to the writings of Mr. Richard Moolick. He seems intent on making fun of the name “Moolick,” which in its own right may be as distinguished or even more so than that of a “pioneer member in the Roaring Fork Valley.”Mr. Moolick presents his views in a cogent and intelligent way. He is very well-educated, and absorbed additional practical education during his travels for business and pleasure. While Mr. Bershenyi may not agree with Mr. Moolick’s politics, he could at least respect him enough to make an intelligent rebuttal instead of just trying to be funny at this gentleman’s expense. Making fun of others is an outdated school ground practice. Jack E. BlankenshipBattlement Mesa
Dear Editor,Last week’s Roaring Fork Peace Coalition showing of the Bill Moyer’s Journal episode on impeachment drew a full house of 46 people. They laughed, they cheered, they booed and afterward, they discussed the options; writing to our representatives and Nancy Pelosi, signing petitions and speaking to friends and family, especially the youth, who stand to inherit a severely diminished Bill of Rights if we do nothing to prevent it.This issue cuts across party lines. Republicans care as much about democracy, freedom, and civil rights as Democrats. Democrats care as much about our country’s stability, security, and prosperity as Republicans. We’re all on our side. There is growing concern among all parties that the president and his administration are not on our side. It’s not just the mounting cost and casualties of the war in Iraq, it’s not just the unilateral foreign policies or the lax border security. It’s not just the Patriot Act, the illegal spying, the executive orders, signing statements, torture or destruction of Habeus Corpus. It’s all of those combined that show a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution, that George Bush and Dick Cheney swore an oath to uphold. Our employees, charged with protecting the security and freedom of this nation’s people, have failed us quite thoroughly. The Constitution, our legal document binding the elected officers of these United States to democratic principles and the rule of law, provides a solution; impeachment.A majority of Americans believe impeachment hearings are in order. Under constant and relentless pressure from us, Congress must consent to bring articles of impeachment against the president and vice president for the grievous high crimes and misdemeanors that have been and are being perpetrated against the free citizens of the United States.Write your representatives often, and plan to attend the next RFPC event at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at U.S. Bank next to Safeway in Glenwood Springs. We’ll watch an informative film reviewing the procedures for impeachment, and engage in further discussion regarding our role in bringing about this action so vital to the preservation of our rights and freedoms.Sue GrayCarbondale
Dear Editor,It is a great pleasure to invite Shakespeare buffs and those wanting a little more acquaintance with the bard to a free performance of “Julius Caesar.” The first two performances have been very well-received, particularly since the play deals with Caesar’s abuse of power, a theme that strikes some with a contemporary chord. The Hudson Reed Ensemble normally performs in Aspen, but on Tuesday, Aug. 21, they are bringing the show down to Carbondale to Sopris Park. The performance is free, one-hour long, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy the unmatched language, talented actors, and views of Sopris. For those unable to make the Carbondale performance, there are two performances left in Aspen’s Galena Park (behind the library), also free and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 29.Sue Lavin, co-director Glenwood Springs
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