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Don’t call me

The Vail Daily paper ran an article that seemed pretty interesting on Sunday, Jan. 25. It was an article about all the telemarketing and that over 51 million people are on the no-call list.

From what I gathered from the article, it sounds like the Supreme Court will be handling the situation. My question to this is why?



Consider this: If each of these people were worth $1 each, that would be over $51 million. That is no small amount of money, and it tells me that people are just fed up with all the advertising.

Myself, I am a night worker and need my days for a good sleep time. I recently gave up my cell phone and went with a land line, and within a few short days, started receiving numerous calls a day. (I would guess around 20).



There is nothing that I need that they can offer me. I don’t own a home and need refinancing; don’t have credit cards and need a consolidation loan; don’t need life insurance, as I have all I need from my employer. I receive all kinds of fliers in the mail, most of the newspapers are at least 75 percent advertisements, and most of the time the program I am watching on TV interrupts the commercials.

If the telemarketers have the right to disturb me, why doesn’t my government give me the right to my privacy and not be harassed by phone calls that have no benefit to me at all? If I need anything, all I have to do is turn on the TV and within a few short minutes will be offered life insurance, medical co-payment insurance, credit card counseling, diet medications, new cars and all other kinds of information. So why does this have to come into my home via my phone?

My question is this: Since this is an election year, why can’t this be put on a ballot for the voters to decide instead of a court of only 12 people? Can’t they both hear and see the numbers that people like me don’t want these calls? These companies won’t go broke by not calling people at home anyway. Everybody needs something, and it isn’t that far away, such as on the TV or newspapers. Also the Internet.



My hat is off big time to the people who started the no-call list. Also, even though I am on the no-call list, I still receive calls from these people.

If they do win out, it should at least be a law that a live person be talking to you, and not a computer-generated recording. Also, day sleepers should be given privilege to be put on a no-call list. I always shut my phone off while I sleep, but then I feel cheated for paying for something I’m not getting the full use of. I’m the youngest member of my family, and in my mid-50s. Should any family member need to call me for an emergency, I wouldn’t receive the call. As for wrong numbers, they are forgivable, as I have made dialing mistakes myself.

Well, I don’t know if this is an interesting topic or not, but wanted to put my 2 cents worth in on it. I’m for doing away with it myself, and so are 51 million other people. United we stand, supposedly, in the United States of America. Thanks for your time.

Steven C. Anderson

Avon

Kobe in Colorado

Enjoyed your editorial about the Sac Kings, Lakers, and you even threw in a barb about my Orlando Tragic (er … I mean Magic).

Didn’t know that one of the Kings owners has property in Eagle County. Kinda dispells further the national media’s view of Eagle as some “toothless redneck” area.

Personally, I would like to see Vince Carter leave Toronto for Orlando and join his cousin T-Mac (both grew up in Florida, Carter in Daytona and T-Mac in Auburndale, between Orlando and Tampa). I think another big-time player will help the Magic.

Doubt that Kobe will ever be with the Magic. The DeVos family (who run Amway) are very conservative and Christian and would not want Kobe on the team – convicted or not. There is a reason why currentBulls coach and former Magic player Scott Skiles, who was real popular in Orlando as a player, will never coach the Magic.

I think with the recent rape charges at CU popular support for Kobe will dwindle in Colorado. It’s looking more likely that he may become a long-term resident of the state.

Maybe the Nuggets can get him on work-release, if he were to be convicted?

Dan Freer

Winter Park, Fla.

Exactly

Although I’m very late with this letter, I wanted to say that Matt Zalaznick hit it on the head regarding the “Abundance of Malice” commentary.

To me this has always been a non-issue! Neither God nor government can write the rules on love. And that there remains a double-standard is sad.

I am confident that when the teenagers and 20-year-olds of today move into the majority, with all their awareness and indifference to this issue, that those polls asking what marraige SHOULD be will flip flop! The beginning to this change has begun.

Ken CarpenterDA’s election

In response to your paper’s article, “Prosecutor launching campaign to Keep post” on Feb. 23, one word popped into my head: Wow.

This came across as him touting getting “bigger” cases such as the Kobe Bryant case, as if getting “big” cases is a measure of success, and as if he thinks they will continue to “get” these prestigious cases. Boy, that is something to look forward to under the new Hurlbert regime – lots and lots of new celebrity criminal trials. Your county is lucky to have such a forward-thinking DA (please note the sarcasm).

The more I read of Hurlbert the more I feel he isn’t so much dead set on the guilt of Mr. Bryant, but more that he is dead set to hitch his wagon to this case and make a name for himself, regardless of the strength of the evidence (or lack thereof).

The DA had better have an arsenal of ammunition on this case that he has yet to disclose, because otherwise he will end up looking like a fool for using the Bryant case as a virtual election-year sales pamphlet.

If he does not have the goods in this case and still manages to be re-elected, it will be an abuse of the justice system and a poor statement on the voting public of Eagle County. I have more faith in the people than that, but it appears to me that Hurlbert thinks he can use the pretense of “fighting the good fight,” whether accurate or not, and pull the wool over his constituents eyes.

Maybe I am wrong, but I haven’t seen anything from the DA’s office to show me otherwise.

Donald Case

Phoenix

Give ’em a hug?

Jon McMaster apologized for accusing Butch Mazzuca of killing women and children in Vietnam. You’d think a person would be sure of his facts before making such a charge. He says he should have “more thoroughly examined my wording.”

That’s a cop-out, even for someone who describes himself as “passionately anti-war.” It’s a standard tactic of the left to make such rash charges, justifying it because they are good people working to do the right thing. The end justifies the means.

McMaster has more to apologize for. He goes on to accuse Mazzuca of advocating military force as “the first solution to political and socio-economic problems.” “First solution”? Where did Mazucca ever say something like that? Or is this just more of what to expect from someone who is “passionately anti-war”?

McMaster says that we lost in Vietnam because we failed to provide the people with basic security, and used indiscriminate firepower. He fails to put any blame for that problem on the Communist forces that he innocuously labels “the government of the north.” Didn’t they start that fight? Didn’t they kill, maim and terrorize a lot of people? Weren’t they the ones who denied innocent people “basic security”?

As corrupt as the South Vietnamese society and government might have been, you should answer this question: Was the lot of most people in South Vietnam made better, or worse, as a result of the Communist victory? Remember all the boat people who fled after the fall of Saigon? Were they crazy to leave everything behind and risk death on the high seas, just to get away from “the government of the north”?

McMaster points out similar problems in Iraq today. There is basic insecurity with shootings, car bombings and other terrorism. He doesn’t blame the perpetrators, who appear to be elements loyal to Saddam Hussien, or Islamic extremists who have infiltrated from other countries. Does McMaster view them like the “government of the north,” as the side that deserves to prevail?

Is he nostalgic for the good old days when Saddam Hussien was running the show? McMaster enumerates how many Iraqis have died recently. The question comes to mind: How many Iraqi civilians would have been killed, raped, tortured, maimed and otherwise terrorized, if Saddam Hussien were still in power?

McMaster criticizes the tactics used by the American forces. As an alternative, he vaguely offers “a long slow process” of security and improving the standard of living. Specifically, how do you do that with the likes of Saddam’s die-hards and other fanatics in your midst? What does someone who is “passionately anti-war” offer as a solution to their militancy?

Maybe give them a hug?

Terry Quinn

Eagle

Fellow Bonesmen

Did you know that President Bush and Senator Kerry are both members of Skull and Bones, a secret elitist organization formed in 1832 at Yale University? That Skull and Bones figures in prominently in what conspiracy theorists call the “New World Order” should begin to worry all of us.

The “New World Order” consists of groups of powerful people who work behind the scenes in governments worldwide to obtain what they want, which is one global economic system, one monetary system, and one world government – them.

These groups work through organizations like the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Trade Organization, the Trilateral Commission, and the United Nations. They control the military-industrial complex and the CIA, and create wars in order to further their plans. They also control the mainstream media to make sure the public only hears what they want them to.

Many conspiracy researchers believe The Order’s main governing body to be the Bilderbergers, a group that meets once a year at a secret location, usually an exclusive resort in the U.S. or Europe. We do not know what they call themselves, but the first known meeting of this group took place at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in 1954; hence the name.

These secret elitist groups evolved out of the fear of losing what they had, immense wealth and position. The French and Russian revolutions showed them what might happen to them if they lost control, and they want to remain in control. They feel they are a special breed and want to maintain their bloodlines, which is often done through intermarriage. Many of these elitists belong to the one or more of the groups I mentioned.

Did you know that President Bush and Vice President Cheney are distantly related through marriage, and that there are nine Cheneys who have been Skull and Bones members? Add to the list the president’s father, George the First, and his grandfather, Prescott Bush, as well as William F. Buckley, Henry Luce of Time-Life, Harold Stanley of Morgan Stanley, Richard Bissell of the CIA, presidential advisers McGeorge Bundy and Averell Harriman, Artemus Gates of Morgan Trust, and other prominent American family names such as Rockefeller, Taft, Ingersoll, Goodyear, Lilly, Lippencott, McMillan, McNally, Pillsbury, Rand, Schwab, Sears, Singer, Vanderbilt and Weyerhaeuser. Bonesmen all.

If I felt The Order was providing enlightened leadership and was working for the betterment of mankind, I would not have written this letter, but they don’t always. During the 1930s, fear of communism and the Soviet Union led wealthy industrialists in Germany and other countries to support a remilitarized Reich under Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Big mistake.

They also got us into the Vietnam War, as 12 of LBJ’s closest advisers were members of the Council on Foreign Relations. You might also read up on the CIA’s role in the Gulf of Tonkin incident. These same forces were working behind the scenes to get the U.S. into a war with Iraq.

There are most certainly “liberal” and “conservative” members of these groups, and many believe they are working for the good of all in the end. But some of The Order’are racist and fascist types, and many just want to increase their power and wealth. They certainly don’t care how many Americans lose their jobs overseas if it contributes to their globalization policies, and puts more money in their pockets.

You won’t hear much about what I have written here in the mainstream media, as they control it. But search the Internet. There is a great deal of information out there about The Order. The fact is that there is much historical evidence that supports the conspiracy theories.

Just remember that regardless of whether you vote Republican or Democratic in the coming election, They are going to have their man in The White House again.

Bob Fiske

Vail


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