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Wisdom from the Web

On the Vail Daily Web site, you can comment on each story or editorial you read there.Here are excerpts of those comments:Re: Letters to the editor”Carnes in HELL”… Real nice. Sounds like Quinn took a page from the Taliban handbook. Quinn then offers the following quotes to prove Richard Carne’s is mistaken: the laws of nature and nature’s god; U.S. Declaration of Independence.These are deist expressions, not Christian, and deists do not believe in the interventionist variety of deities such as the Judeo-Christian-Islam Yahweh-God-Allah. Also, the Declaration of Independence was supplanted a couple hundred years ago by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, neither of which contains any references to anyone’s notion of a god or even a “creator.” There are but two references to religion in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, both of which prohibit government and religion from getting into each other’s nickers (Article VI and 1st Amendment).The second quote is just bogus: “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” – Albert EinsteinEinstein never said that. And when asked about such quotes that had been attributed to him, Albert Einstein replied: “It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.” From “Albert Einstein: The Human Side,” edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman, Princeton University PressEinstein also said: “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature, and therefore this holds for the action of people. For this reason, a research scientist will hardly be inclined to believe that events could be influenced by a prayer, i.e. by a wish addressed to a supernatural being.” 1936, responding to a child who wrote and asked if scientists pray. Source: “Albert Einstein: The Human Side,” edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffmann . “I do not believe in the god of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.” – Albert EinsteinReality check: As science answers current questions it constantly raises new ones. Religion has NEVER answered ANY questions. None! Religion should focus on what it does best, and that AIN’T science. I’m not really sure what it does “well,” except collect money, divide people, create unnecessary and often bloody conflict, create martyrs, and retard scientific advancement.Just IMAGINE what such brilliance mankind could have accomplished if not impeded by the shackles of superstition! EVERYONE is an atheist to all gods but their own; some of us just take it one God further.Re: Letters to the editorDear Mrs. Arn Menconi. The new bike lane that was recently paved in Wildridge was budgeted for, and recommended by your former Avon Town Council members, Buz Reynolds and Mike Brown and all the other members on last year’s council. Thank them. Fortunately, after a machine gun-like run of Avon Town Council “Budget Resolutions,” the money for this capital project survived the budget changes that this new Avon Town Council has seen fit to make. If you or others would like to engage the new council in a discussion about how THEY have affected the town of Avon since the last election, I’d recommend you ask them about the condemnation they initiated against the ATS Condo Associations and Mr. Al Williams. The lawsuit filed against the town of Avon in this action is number (05CV168). Ask them why they never took the time to meet with Mr. Williams, nor ATS, not once before filing for condemnation at the court house. Ask them why they applied for two new at grade railroad crossings to access Avon’s Confluence site, causing, now, the risk of having the existing West Beaver Creek Boulevard railroad crossing crossing closed. Ask the mayor how many times he met with the Union Pacific Railroad people before filing Avon’s request with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Ask them about the ongoing lawsuit against the town, which occurred after the Lot 61 PUD was approved. Ask Ron Wolfe and Brian Sipes about that. Ask them why people keep requesting Magnus Lindholm put in a lower cost gas station, and what they (the council) are doing to help. Direct that question to council members, and juris doctors Underwood and Ferraro. Also, ask them why after two memos from Avon’s Town Manager, Larry Brooks, clearly stating that Avon can’t afford our existing bus system, why they have seen fit to approve nearly half a million dollars for a new BUS STOP, and not address the fact that Avon can’t afford our BUS SYSTEM. Oh, and one other thing, the Comprehensive Plan for the town of Avon continues to languish after over two years of discussion, and nothing has been approved. Ask them about that, too. Your Wildridge neighbor, Peter BuckleyRe: District’s Milken plan stinksWay to go Elizabeth. Someone has finally found the courage to write a column questioning the Milken plan. …

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