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I’d like to respond to G. Terwilliger’s hypothesis that ill people get better by doing nothing, and that consequently Christian Science does not heal. Cancerous tumors do not go away by sitting around and watching TV. Sometimes people treat them medically and they go into remission. I have friends who have relied on Christian Science for healing, and the tumors were quickly and completely eradicated, and health restored.

Contrary to your belief, Christian Science does heal. You can write it off if you like, but as with all science, something that works repeatably, anywhere in the world, and at any given time, has a repeatable method and outcome. The only thing you need to prove your theory is to invalidate the medical proof of thousands of cases where someone was diagnosed with a serious disease, then treated by a Christian Science practitioner, and the disease, tumors, etc that showed up in medical tests and X-rays, quickly and completely disappeared. Inaction does not produce change. It produces more of the same thing. The only way something can be fixed is through a right course of action. For some that is found through medicine, and for others it is found through a radical reliance on God.

I’m not saying Christian Science works for everyone … it only works for those who understand how and why it works ” like any science. And whatever works for you, great, but from my experience, inaction has always led to a worse condition to whatever I have been dealing with, and only working in the right metaphysical direction has resulted in a positive and healing change.



And as a Christian Scientist, I do not “pray to affect God’s will” but rather to align my thought with His ” which is always loving, good and healing, and it’s been proved effective in my life by over 18 years of healing for any disease or physical challenge I’ve had. To the theory of effective inaction, and my contrary experience, I can only offer that “nothing is as devastating to a grand theory as a pesky little fact,” and that fact is that Christian Science heals, often instantaneously, and I am living proof.

Joel Belmont



Glenwood Springs

It is time to debunk the liberal myth about “tax cuts for the rich.” Who pays taxes ” the “rich,” that is if you filed jointly and earned over $29,019, according to the most recent IRS statistics available. The top 50 percent of wage earners pay over 96 percent of the taxes. The top 1 percent of wage earners (those earning over $295,495) paid over 34 percent of the total income taxes paid. The bottom 50 percent of wage earners pay less than 4 percent of the income taxes.

I guess when people complain about fairness, the poor should be paying more income taxes. Let’s not forget, the Bush tax cuts removed many of the poor from the ranks of taxpayers. I guess liberals are just mad that by hard work some people just earn more money, rather than earning more through government handouts.

Rather than engaging in class warfare, we should be encouraging more entrepreneurs and workers to succeed, and not penalize their hard work with higher taxes.

Apparently liberals are also deficient in their study of American history, since every major tax cut, going back to President Kennedy’s, has resulted in a substantial increase in government revenues.

Sharon Brenner

Carbondale

We would like to present another side to the Mike Cox dismissal.

In the past, we have stuck up for Coach Cox (this is not the first time there have been issues with the way he has handled his players). We appreciate the great lengths coaches go to for their players, and have seen how difficult their jobs become when parents interfere. However, in this situation, for Cox to insinuate that he was fired because of the father of the player in question was an Re-2 administrator is truly absurd.

Cox was fired because there had been several previous complaints from parents to the administration about his interaction with their children. Although he never mentions it, he was very aware of the seriousness of the previous complaints. When these past issues occurred, we believed that he deserved another chance. The father of the student in question always remained neutral, if not supportive of Cox. He now throws a basketball at a player in anger and expects to get a slap on the wrist?

Most upsetting to us is that Cox has publicly blamed the player and his father because he was not given a third chance. Cox has now mounted a media campaign trying to show how mistreated he has been, and has vilified this young player. This player is not the violent, out-of-control monster Cox would like you to believe. Nothing could be further from the truth. In three years, we have never witnessed this player to be violent or have any altercations with anyone.

We are sorry that this incident has occurred because everyone suffers: coaches, parents and the players. We only ask that you not jump to conclusions about this young player without hearing the other side of the story.

Unfortunately, all that has been printed is the Mike Cox version. There have been several past complaints not involving this player lodged against Cox in the last year, and he needs to accept that he left the administration no choice in this matter, regardless of whose son was hit by the ball.

Bob and Tomi Higgins

Silt

Friday morning, I sat down to read the paper and shockingly read an article about a supposed incident of child abuse at the school. When I saw Ms. Sylvia Breidenbach’s name, I wanted to cry.

My son has attended Wamsley for three years. Ms. Sylvia was his teacher for two of those years. I could never ever believe that anything she could have possibly done would lead to an allegation of child abuse. I have seen some pretty unruly rotten kids in her classes over the years (that I would have not tolerated staying enrolled in the class), and she has always been nothing but loving, kind, and supportive to these children.

Sylvia has done so much for all of her students and their families. She has endlessly offered her help. During my son’s first year in preschool, there were some kids that were developmentally delayed. My son already knew a lot of sign language and got along great with these kids. Ms. Sylvia, with an aide, stepped up and helped teach kids in her class sign language just so they could communicate with everyone. What a wonderful way to help influence children to embrace differences in a positive way.

She was always trying to help lighten the loads of a single parent, teach parents about the learning processes of a young child so we did not feel discouraged, and encourage and support our children’s individual needs. She never turned from a person in need and it turns out that she is a fantastic person to confide in. Sylvia was a great example of what a teacher should be. She is truly a light in our lives and we will miss her more than words can express. Please, if you know her, I urge you to support her.

Ms. Sylvia, if you are reading this, we love you and we’ll be by your side.

Chavon, Kamen, Isabella, Amy Ross, Julian, Alex and Josh Ryan

Rifle

I want to thank Patrick Hunter for his informative letter given the heading of “Clarifying confusion about health care,” which was in the Feb. 13 Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

He gave a number of pertinent facts including, “It turns out that we rank near the bottom of the world’s leading countries in statistics such as longevity and infant mortality.” As citizens and voters, we need to know this, even as we realize that there are large and growing numbers of citizens of all ages and from all walks of life who are without health insurance. An accident or serious illness can be catastrophic to a family under these circumstances. The American character has long been noted by rugged individualism, but this can be carried too far. In today’s complex society, how many of us can be completely independent, or would want to be?

I also applaud the Glenwood Springs Post Independent for carrying Doug Evans’ blog. This longtime Colorado Mountain College professor is not afraid to involve himself in every way with others in our sister city in Nicaragua. Thus, his thinking and writing will enrich us all.

At the bottom of the editorial page of this same Feb. 13 paper, there is a quotation from Abner Mikva which will be perfect for discussion on the Constitution in my husband’s political science class. Your paper helps bring us together to agree or disagree, but to have more knowledge on which to base our beliefs.

Judy Wadyko

Glenwood Springs


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