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May 18, 2013
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Tough world out there

Response to “Islamophobia Returns”: Muslims make up approximately 23.4 percent of the world’s populace, or about 1.62 billion people.

If even 1⁄10 of 1 percent wanted to kill Jews and Americans and, for that matter, people of any other country or faith who do not follow their religion that would be 1.62 million people (mostly young, radicalized, brainwashed, undereducated, non-employed, women beating, Islamic males) who want to kill. Those are the ones I am worried about. I believe that percentage is likely low, from what I read.

America and the rest of the world are going to have a dog in this fight for a long, long time. I hope the hundreds of millions of non-radical Muslims get control of the situation, as they are the only ones who have the influence, long term, to change the pattern of hatred and killing. We have problems, too, but it’s not in the same league by any stretch of the imagination.

Charlie Wick


Nice job with superintendent candidates

I wanted to congratulate the Board of Education and commend them on their selection of the three finalists for the superintendent position. I had the honor of sitting on one of the interview committees last week.

As the day went on, I was not only impressed with the caliber of each candidate we met, I was inspired by the diligence of all my committee members. I was motivated by all their different perspectives and heartened by so much of the dialogue we had throughout the process. I learned something from each of them as we formulated the interview questions, and then even more so as we debriefed after each interview.

This committee was made up of community members and Eagle County School District staff. Despite who we were representing or what role we played in the district — whether we were parents of a first-grader, or a high school senior, a building principal or a non-profit employee, a wood shop teacher or maintenance manager — our goals and ideals seemed to always be in alignment with one another. It always came back to the kids. It was fantastic.

Transitions are never easy, but the Board of Education made this first step a positive one by narrowing the search down to three excellent contenders. It was very fulfilling to witness how energized the principals and staff members were when listening to all three candidates and welcoming the prospects of new leadership.

Ours is such a unique community, and while participating in this process I was reminded how fortunate we are to call this place home and how lucky my children are to be part of Eagle County Schools.

The board members deserve a big thank you for all the hard work they put forth, particularly over the course of pursuing a new superintendent. With having done such an outstanding job narrowing the field down to these three finalists, it’s the eliminating of the candidates that will be the board’s challenge. Selecting one should be easy. Wish them all luck, as they will make their decision at Wednesday’s board meeting.

Jen Jewett


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