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Start making sense”I made it very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers’ money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life I’m against that,” Bush told reporters in the Oval Office. “And therefore, if the bill does that, I will veto it.”Was Bush issuing the first presidential opposition to the arms industries, the weapons manufacturers who receive tons of taxpayer money to promote war?Is the ‘Culture of Life’ the prez is promoting, a new peace initiative banning further research and development of nuclear weapons in the United States?Was Bush announcing a renewed commitment to promoting American “good will” abroad and steps to reverse the image of America as an “evil empire?”Was Bush re-investing American resources in Peace Corps, promoting a new culture of life-enhancing technologies born of that good old American know-how?No, no, no, and no.With that statement, Bush was pretending to be moral by threatening a veto of a very popular House bill that would further research into stem-cells, a field of research that extends the promise of finding cures for many human diseases. Bush calls this an attempt to “destroy life in order to save life”.And, pray tell, Mr. President, what are we doing in Iraq?meliom@comcast.netSupporting smart energyNow that the legislature has adjourned it is fitting to take a moment and thank our legislators for their hard work. In particular, thank you to Senator Fitz-Gerald and Representative Lindstrom for supporting solution-oriented smart energy efficiency policy.Senator Fitz-Gerald and Representative Lindstrom voted in support of House Bill 1133 & House Bill 1162, encouraging energy efficiency in Colorado. Improving energy efficiency means reducing the amount of energy used in our state without needing to change our lifestyle. HB 1133 would encourage utilities to implement natural gas efficiency programs like upgrades on hot water heaters or home energy audits. Natural gas is both costly and uses a great deal of our precious water, so decreasing our dependence is common sense and will move us to a cleaner and healthier energy future. HB 1162 would have set higher efficiency standards for 14 commonly used appliances like commercial freezers and traffic signals resulting in an estimated savings of $535 million per year.Unfortunately Governor Owens has vetoed HB 1162, but HB 1133 is currently waiting for action by our governor. When passed into law it has the potential to save Colorado households $700 million.Thank you Senator Fitz-Gerald and Representative Lindstrom for your support and leadership on this issue.Stephanie BoninEnergy AdvocateMyDoubleToes@aol.comWe get letters … and emails! Write letters by hand to The Vail Trail at P.O. Drawer 6200, Vail, CO 81657. If snail mail isn’t fast enough for you, send emails to tboyd@vailtrail.com. Messages without a name and place of residence will be relegated to our Inbox department.We reserve the right to edit messages for content and length. Messages regarding Vail Trail stories receive priority.


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