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Dear Editor,

I suppose the first thing that hit me in the April 29 issue was “Lessons from the 9-11 commission hearings” by Hal Sundin.

Since I did watch all the of the public hearings, I can’t imagine just what Hal must have been watching. He certainly didn’t see the same hearing that I saw. Here we had the FBI and the CIA not allowed to communicate ” a giant wall erected between them, during the Clinton regime.



And, in an “unbiased commission” we have Clinton’s deputy attorney-general, Jamie Gorelick, boldly participating in the interrogations. If that in itself doesn’t stain the conclusions, then nothing can.

Interestingly, although Democrats on the September 11 Commission appeared to be shocked that the FBI and the CIA were prohibited from exchanging information, they certainly knew about it. It was the Democrats who passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other legislation that prevented the information sharing between the FBI and CIA.



Fortunately, the recent passage of the Patriot Act has changed at least some of this. But with terrorism out there, we’ve got to do even more to safeguard our country.

Sincerely,

R.T. Moolick

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Tuesday, May 4, will mark the three-year anniversary of Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman’s pledge to uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. So this must be a time to celebrate the protection of nearly 4.4 million acres of roadless areas in Colorado’s national forests, right? Wrong.

The fact is that the Forest Service is completely ignoring the 2001 rule that protects 58.5 million acres nationally, and is proposing to create roads into Colorado roadless areas for logging, and gas and oil development.

On May 13, the Bureau of Land Management proposes to lease 74 parcels of land in Colorado for oil and gas development.

This includes the Thompson Creek Roadless Area in the White River National Forest. In addition to one of the largest stands of aspen trees in the world, this roadless area contains important habitat for the rare Colorado River cutthroat trout.

As a former fly-fishing guide and a member of Trout Unlimited, I know that our native trout are more than just ecologically important; they have economic value as well. The fishing and hunting industry is far more economically valuable, and sustainable, than logging and oil and gas development for our state.

So, if the Roadless Rule is still intact, why is the state creating new roads into pristine roadless areas such as Thompson Creek?

I am asking Gov. Owens and our state elected officials to please uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule and hold Ann Veneman to her promise.

Jay Hermon

Lyons

Dear Editor,

I am getting really tired of the whining liberal mantra that we are constantly bombarded with concerning our president. Particularly insulting is “the hornet’s nest we have stirred up in the Muslim world.”

Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, said recently, “Muslims still resent the Crusades.” Remember the Crusades? Muslims invaded Europe and forced their religion on Westerners. The Christians drove them out after 200 years of fighting, where they have mostly remained contained for a millennium.

Now, however, they are expanding back into Europe, particularly France and England. They are also expanding in our country. Remember 9-11? Muslims attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens.

Muslims have killed tens of thousands in Eastern Europe and Asia and millions in the Middle East. In fact, it is difficult to find a war anywhere that does not involve Muslims. They just can’t get along with anyone. Not in France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Spain, Morocco, India, Somalia, etc.

Sure, there are a few non-fanatical Muslims, but they remain silent. Not many spoke out against what happened on 9-11.

This is a war. A war between good and evil; freedom and enslavement; the celebration of life or the worship of death. I thank God we have a president who is taking the fight to them. The smartest, fastest, strongest always win. We must win. There is no other option.

And yes, it will be another 200-year war. God bless America, God bless our troops and our president.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

It was with disappointment that I read about the cancellation of Russ Criswell’s game in the park in the Valley Journal’s April 29 edition.

My understanding is that the purpose of the game, rather than to ridicule anyone, was to involve the community in a process of envisioning the kind of growth and development that would be in line with our values; to map out alternatives to the usual boring, destructive style of commerce which has dominated our country for decades.

Are the proponents of Crystal River Marketplace so threatened that they cannot bear the exploration of new ideas regarding our future in our town?

My wish for us all is that we might investigate the options, by every means available to us, and provide creative, sustainable solutions to the issue of a better business climate in Carbondale. Perhaps those with private agendas might stand aside and trust in this process ” isn’t that what our Constitutional rights are about?

Caroline Metzler

Carbondale


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