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On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Letters to the EditorProblem is that UPS and Fed Ex use the U.S. Postal Service address database. Eagle ZIP codes read a “PO box only,” and are essentially invalid. We need a separate ZIP code for street addresses, even if the Postal Service will never provide home delivery.Re: Letters to the EditorThe Eagle branch of Fed Ex is great! I have used them since day one – no problems ever!Re: Wisdom from the WebIf people want to work under a 1099 then let them. Why should anyone be allowed to unilaterally dictate that everyone must be employed in the same manner? Just because you’re a 1040EZ kinda person does not mean the rest of us must behave like you. I’ve been a self-employed 1099er for over 20 years. I take care of my own taxes, health care and insurance, and wouldn’t have it any other way. I have no need for a government nanny.Re: ‘End as we know it’This is intended to complement Butch Mazzuca’s recent commentary. I first read this in October of 2004. The author’s name is never revealed, but there are source references at the bottom. The letter may or may not be authentic, in either case it’s still a good read.FATHER’S LETTER TO HIS SONS …As your father, I believe I owe it to you to share some thoughts on the present world situation. We have over the years discussed a lot of important things, like going to college, jobs and so forth. But this really takes precedence over any of those discussions. …To be sure you understand that this is not politically flavored, I will tell you that since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led us through pre and WWII (1933-45) up to and including our present president, I have without exception, supported our presidents on all matters of international conflict. … So be sure you read this as completely non-political or otherwise you will miss the point.Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII). The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means.First, let’s examine a few basics:When did the threat to us start? Many will say Sept. 11, 2001. The answer, as far as the United States is concerned, is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us: Iran Embassy hostages, 1979; Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983; Beirut, Lebanon Marine barracks 1983; Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan-Am flight to New York 1988; first New York World Trade Center attack 1993; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Khobar Towers Military complex 1996; Nairobi, Kenya, U.S. Embassy 1998; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, U.S. Embassy 1998; Aden, Yemen, USS Cole 2000; New York World Trade Center 2001; Pentagon 2001. (Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).Why were we attacked? Envy of our position, our success and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats, as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessors, Presidents Ford or Carter. … So who are we at war with? There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don’t clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting. …The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us over the past 18 years. The plan was clearly to terrorist attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them. …We have been criticized for many years as being “arrogant.” That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world. We can’t. If we don’t recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if we are defeated. … This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read….Democracies don’t have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece. And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide, that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power. They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct about the “peaceful Muslims”?I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I believe that after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about. Do whatever you can to preserve it.Love, DadVail, Colorado


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