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Way off

Since Michael Cacioppo felt “compelled to respond” to my letter to the Daily in the June 27 issue, I feel COMPELLED TO CORRECT his letter of July 6.

Let me start by saying this: I AM NOT A TEACHER! I have never been a teacher, and have no connection to the school board.



Further, I never represented myself as a teacher. Anyone who read my letter would know that.

Also, my phone conversation with Cacioppo started with him offering condolences for my brother Bobby, who was a teacher. I guess if you had been listening, Mike, instead of fillibustering, during our conversation, you would have remembered that.



The personal attacks and insults directed at me in Cacioppo’s letter were based on his belief that I am a teacher, and therefore only in it for the money. I expected these insults, as people like Cacioppo often use this tactic against anyone who disagrees with them. Dismissing me as a selfish teacher is just another example.

This is the type of journalism Cacioppo practices every day. So, while I am tempted to respond with more vigor, I stand by my earlier statement and belief that Mike and his newspaper should just be ignored. Someday this will be over and we will have the last laugh.

I do, however, believe that we can do something to help. I am writing letters to every state representative and local commissioner. It’s time for them to weigh in and help. We need the state and the county to fast track this through the courts and end it, once and for all.



All of these elected officials campaign on education, so let’s see them earn their keep. I hope others will join me. Write to your county and state reps, and let’s pay our teachers.

Richard Silverman

Vail

That’s commentary

Thank you, Jeff Bergeron (aka Biff America), for that marvelous article in the Daily on June 26. That was commentary! Evocative, poignant, and simple. I could go on, but I’d just be listing more adjectives. Again, kudos! Thank you.

Jim Dorsey

Try reading, Mike

I’ve endured the rantings of Michael Cacioppo for too long. I’ve never bothered to respond to his idiocy because frankly, he’s not worth my time.

But Mr. Cacioppo, your attack on Rick Silverman is the pinnacle of your “bottom feeding” ways. Try actually READING what Rick had to say. First of all, Rick is not a teacher – his deceased brother was.

If you really gave a damn about this community and the real needs of it, you would be aware of Rick’s personal loss and the horrible loss the school system has suffered with the loss of his talented brother.

Bobby Silverman was an incredible teacher and more of a value to this community than you could ever dream of being.

Teaching was his passion and he did an amazing job of it. He was a role model to his students and to everyone who knew him. He was a TEACHER and deserved far more than the school district could pay him, as do many of our local teachers. He truly CONTRIBUTED to our community.

You, Mr. Cacioppo suck this town dry with your lawsuits that few if any support. You are a hostile, angry man that has an insatiable need to be heard. Look around you, Mike. Your community is filled with people like Bobby and Rick Silverman who make a difference through POSITIVE action.

I and many, many others are sick of your negativity and your ongoing waste of our tax dollars. I’m going to say here what I’ve heard said time and time again about you: If you are so miserable here Mike, LEAVE. Your BS will not be missed.

With the utmost sincerity,

Lori Cotton

Well said, Butch

A 21-gun salute to Mr. Mazzuca for his fine position paper on America’s current role in world affairs. It more clearly and accurately articulates our role in the world, a fine counterpoint to those who grab at glib verbiage about “the world’s policeman” and “occupying forces.”

When I was in Italy a few weeks ago, I was challenged on why the United States had to wage war on Iraq, even given that Saddam had killed thousands of his countrymen. I responded, in part, it seems that in each generation, a despot comes on the scene who must be dealt with. And if world organizations, such as the United Nations, are too timid to address the impending crisis, someone has to pick up the challenge.

I reminded some people of how the Marshall Plan was put into place to help rebuild Europe after World War II, clearly not a stratagem of acquiring territory. And I added that no American who has ever worn his or her country’s uniform wishes for war, for as my old international affairs professor said, “The difference between peace and war is that in peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.”

Peter R. van Dernoot


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