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Dear Editor,My name is Hopper, and I would like to tell you that you should do Pennies for Peace because we need to help the children in Pakistan, especially the girls. Most of them aren’t allowed to go to school, and we need to help to them now. Last week, I went and saw Greg Mortenson do his speech on Pennies for Peace and his book, “Three Cups of Tea.” His speech made me feel sad, because the girls aren’t treated nicely and many aren’t allowed to go to school. But I am also happy because we can do something about it.Pennies for Peace is something that you need to do, because it will raise money for a school in Pakistan. There are not very many schools for girls in Pakistan. The schools are not very big.The boys, on the other hand, although they don’t get a great school either, are allowed to do more and are a tiny bit smarter because they get better schools. They get a better opportunity to be happy because when they grow up they are men, and men are treated better than women in Pakistan.We need to collect pennies for Peace and help the girls (and boys) in Pakistan. A penny will buy a pencil. Although a pencil isn’t very much, it will help them learn to read and write. Plus, it also helps them grow up to be smarter and think about stopping war to make peace. Penny = pencil = peace. I call this the three Ps.So you might as well do Pennies for Peace to help them.Hopper Rix, age 7 second grade, Sopris Elementary School

Dear Editor,This letter is in response to Annibet Griffin’s letter in Tuesday’s Post Independent about “Christmas Lights Waste Energy.” Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. We should celebrate it with as much fanfare as we can. The environment will take care of itself. As the Bible states, “That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what you are to wear. Surely life is more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life?” So go to the highest mountains and yell at the top of your lungs that our savior is born. The Earth will abide. So stop bowing down to the altar of the creation, and start bowing down at the altar of the creator. Andy StanczakSilt

Dear Editor,Upon returning from a hunting trip, I was reading over several past issues of the Post Independent. I was very disappointed by the inclusion of a letter from Mr. Durman of Silt Mesa. It was my understanding, based on your previously published policy statement, that such personal diatribes were no longer going to be included in your paper. There was nothing constructive or useful in Mr. Durman’s letter. The attack was obviously aimed directly at Chief Burris. I do have two comments concerning this letter. First of all, a well-coordinated uniform is an essential tool for a police officer. It conveys the positive authoritative image for a professional, which makes for a better first impression when he or she comes in contact with a private citizen. Secondly, there is a world of difference between “arrogance” (Mr. Durman’s term) and “self-assuredness,” which is a very valuable trait in a person who regularly deals with potentially explosive situations.In the future, I would hope that the Post Independent would extend its policy of respect to all law enforcement personnel. (In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I have family and numerous friends in law enforcement.) They have a difficult job and deserve to be included in your newspaper’s policy of respect. Thank you for your time.Tom AshworthRifle


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