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Dear Editor,Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11, and I’m sure you would agree it should be one of our country’s most celebrated holidays.As this day approaches, I hope each of you have at least educated your children, even your grandchildren, by reminding them of their freedoms and how fortunate they are to be citizens of the United States of America. I also hope you take a few minutes to stop by and visit a veteran or their spouse on Veterans Day, or any day for that matter. Visit with them and listen to their stories, regardless of the content. I assure you, if you pay attention long enough, you will hear some of the most precise, accurate accounts of war history than you can’t read in textbooks. But surprisingly enough, the majority of veterans will gracefully decline taking credit for any heroism on their part. They will tell you they were just doing their jobs.So, please take a few minutes out of your day on their day, and tell them how much you appreciate their service and commitment to our country. Without them and their fight for our everyday freedoms, we wouldn’t have any of the privileges we’ve been given.God Bless our servicemen and women. We are all so proud of you. Happy Veterans Day.Lisa Adams (Hamden)Rifle

Dear Editor,This is in response to John Herbst’s letter, “Grab happiness in this doomed world while you can.”I ask these questions. Why do religions have to separate us? Who is to say who is doomed? Is it necessary to judge another’s beliefs? Who is right? Does this righteousness give one a sense of being better? Why do human beings want to be better than? Does God intend us to fight over who deserves to worship him? Does the adamancy that comes from “right religious beliefs” fester an illusion that one is God?My questions and the curiosity that arises stir my heart. I am aware that I have much work to do with improving my ways, my actions and what words and deeds could benefit my fellow man. This work creates an invisible thread that can connect us all. The absence of judgment calls, the absence of self-righteousness can only create the space needed to enliven and fill our hearts with what makes us content. This takes awareness, reasoning, detachment, faith and courage. If there is to be any hint of peace in our lives, we need to release the insatiable hunger of grabbing/grasping that weighs our ego.John Tarrant said, “Unkindness comes from certainty, when we throw out our ‘certainty’ we have the basic reality of consciousness, and that word is love.”Can each and everyone of us appreciate our neighbor without judgment, and create the harmony and peace that was intended in our world?Annig Agemian RaleyGlenwood Springs


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