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Secretary of State Rice, on her recent trip to Israel, demanded that Israel reduce its security measures against PLO suicide bombers while praising PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas for “cracking down on terror” even while his organization continues to launch attacks against Israel. The Zionist Organization of America’s president, Morton A. Klein, has strongly criticized this administration: “We are deeply perplexed by Rice’s strong praise of Abbas’ alleged actions against terrorism,” President Klein said. “What actions? He hasn’t disarmed or dismantled any terror groups. He hasn’t stopped incitement against Jews and Israel in his media, schools, or mosques. He hasn’t changed the names of the schools, streets, and sports teams presently named after suicide bombers. He hasn’t stopped smuggling in weapons from the Sinai to Gaza and he hasn’t closed the bomb factories.”(But) when it comes to Israel, she demands adherence to the Road Map, reduced or no checkpoints, stop building homes anywhere in Judea and Samaria or Eastern Jerusalem, condemns the security fence, demands contiguity and states that Israel cannot keep any land past the 1949 armistice line without Palestinian Arab approval. “All these demands of Israel is before Abbas has fulfilled a single sentence of the Road Map. This type of approach only encourages Abbas to do nothing and only harms the security of Israel. I would like to add that this morally inverted approach of the administration, which rewards Arab terror and castigates Israel’s legitimate security needs, bitterly disappoints many who voted for Bush and reduces domestic support for his policies. Arthur Kittay Eagle A shameIt’s a shame that the merchants in Vail Village get to run this town. Understandably, sales tax from their businesses generate a lot of the money for the town, but Vail could not survive without the rest of the locals who contribute to this town and the running of it. I’m talking about the people who work on the mountain, the people who work in hospitality, and the people who generally work around town for different businesses and companies. The Streetbeat has always been mostly for the locals, especially the winter concerts, where the locals are encouraged to show up to sign up for the grand prize given away at the end of the season. In the winter, this is the only time that the locals are encouraged to come into their town and enjoy it with their friends and family. It’s the only town-sponsored event that brings the locals out to enjoy a little of the winter festivities. The remainder of the winter, these locals work hard to make sure the tourists are enjoying the town. Granted, we locals may not be buying upscale jewelry in Squash Blossoms. But we do spend our money in a lot of the other businesses while we are in town for the Streetbeat shows. We go out to eat and for a drink, giving the town some life. It allows the town to have a real heart and soul – a place NOT just for tourists. Other similar ski resorts, such as Aspen, Telluride, and Steamboat, also have similar concerts. In the last few years, I have been disappointed with the Vail music scene. As Aspen and other mountains keep increasing the amount of music they bring in and concerts they sponsor, it seems like Vail has been decreasing the music. This is just another drop in the bucket. It’s a shame that no locals who attend these shows and look forward to them were invited to speak at the meeting concerning their future. Perhaps the town and Vail Valley Foundation would have understood how wonderful the concerts are for the locals. It was only 13 nights a winter that we could meet with our friends in the streets of our town, listen to music, laugh and enjoy ourselves, and now we are only going to have 10.Nina LandesVailVail, Colorado


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