Letters to the editor
This is a response to the column “Jeez, just enjoy the season, will ya?” from the Vail Daily’s Tuesday, Dec. 10, issue. I usually don’t read the Vail Daily commentary, but when I came across this particular article I was very upset.
I completely disagree with this article and if you don’t mind me saying, I think that Richard Carnes should wake up and look around. This is to Richard Carnes:
It is capitalism that encourages us to be materialistic, true, but how can you say that there is nothing wrong with materialism? Materialism IS what is ruining the earth and it is what makes people selfish, greedy and a pain in the ass. Why can’t people consider anyone else but themselves? Maybe you should listen more closely to what your “tie-die friend” has to say because you obviously don’t understand.
I do blame human beings in general for ruining the planet. I blame them for creating a capitalistic society that tells us what to think and not think by what we can or cannot buy.
That message is only old because you appear too closed-minded to even consider those less fortunate than you. It is only old because you can’t appreciate those of us who are trying to make a difference. Those of us who can be happy without presents and money.
Additionally, please don’t judge people on their age because anyone can make a difference. I think you are disrespectfull to say that she “wasn’t old enough to have followed the Grateful Dead but dressed like a groupie anyway.” What is wrong with younger people appreciating the past and knowing what is going on?
I struggle with this every day. I am 15 years old, and I have to do everything I can to be taken seriously. I’m not saying that I know eveything there is to know, but don’t think that you are all high and mighty, and too good to listen to the advice of someone younger just because you are old.
The Vail Daily is cheating the public if all the opinions that are published belong to middle-upper-class, middle-aged, white men. Think of all the thoughts and voices you are missing. Think of how much people could learn and experience if the Vail Daily had diversity in their printing rooms and difference in their opinions.
This article was completely out of line, and it just adds to the falseness and materialism of the holidays. If all you can do with $2,000 is buy a refrigerator good enough for yourself, I’m sorry. But is that the best you can do?
All I ask is that you please not get on the backs of those of us who are strong enough to stand up against capitalistic greed and materialism to make this world a better place to live. You cannot be neutral on a moving train. My question to you is why can’t you just enjoy the season without money, corruption, or greed?
I think if you use your imagination, you might be able to think of something even better than a refrigerator!
Minturn – –
Now there’s the Christmas spirit
Once again Richard Carnes has showed us all what it’s like to go through life with blinders on.
I guess he has never needed a helping hand. If you want someone to teach selfishness and ingratitude, this guy is overqualified.
His get-out-of-my-way attitude, I hope, is contradictory to what most of us feel at this time of the year. We all know that it’s fun to give and receive gifts, but we should at least be thankful that we have the means to do so. And not all gifts come in colorful little packages.
I’ll put compassion and understanding up against a Game Boy any day. Actually, now that I think about it, guys like him are good to have around.
He reminds me that I never do enough to help this world become a better place for everyone, not just the ones lucky enough to born with a passifier in his mouth.