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Ann Stewart

Thank you for Matt Zalaznick’s commentary, “Magnus and Michael Moore.” Finally someone, Matt, has written about the terrible blight on the landscape that the flag is. It is sad indeed not to be able to see the landscape. Ann StewartWhat shortage?The “Freight train shortages hits Colorado” article from The Associated Press on July 16 should be laughable to Eagle County residents who live with a view of the railroad tracks, where hundreds of graffiti-covered coal cars decorate the landscape adjacent to the abandoned trackage owned by Union Pacific. The article should read: There is a critical shortage of “modern unit train coal cars” which come in quantities of 100 identically uniform gondola cars required for automated loading.The obsolete, antiquated mixed lots of junk coal gondola cars stored in lots of 40 to 60 from Gypsum to Avon have been an eyesore long enough.Somebody should inform Union Pacific of their evidently forgotten abandoned junk coal car graveyard called Eagle County before anymore crying about a shortage of cars.Steve ZorichakLiberal tacticsMatt Zalaznick admires Michael Moore. Perhaps because both exaggerate and distort so much. Zalaznick says that “Bush-Cheney and their minions” have “created a new, paranoid atmosphere in America in which those who speak out are not just debated, but defamed, demolished and decapitated.” He offers no examples. Anyone familiar with what is in the media today knows this is just plain false. David Kopel has done a more balanced analysis of Michael Moore’s movie “Fahrenheit 9/11.” It can be found at http://www.i2i.org/. Sandra Donnelly thinks Matt Zalaznick was right on. Her letter was mostly a quotation from the Declaration of Independence, about when it is OK to overthrow the government. Are things really that bad under Bush-Cheney, or is Donnelly also exaggerating? Isn’t all this typical of the left’s rhetoric? They can’t just deal with things as they are. They have to scare people with distortions. They rely on appeals to emotions, not to reason.Talk about the Declaration of Independence – I am reminded of one of its complaints about King George III: “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people and eat out their substance.” Now, who is more likely to do that sort of thing, liberals or conservatives? Terry QuinnEagle

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