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Vail CO, Colorado

Support Ron Paul

I have to admit that I did not watch the two debates between the Republican candidates for president, but I did read that of the 10 there was one, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who spoke honestly and truthfully about our role in creating the terrorist threat we now face. Paul brought out the fact that incessant U.S. interference and interventionism in the Middle East over more than 50 years was in a large part responsible for Sept. 11.

Anyone who has looked at the history of the area and our foreign policies towards friendly regimes while covertly and clandestinely working to overthrow the unfriendly ones, knows Paul is correct in this. Even the Sept. 11 Commission report echoed these facts.

But our leaders, who have supported these policies, which were done in support of Israel or the oil companies, like to deny these facts.

Online polls after the first debate put Paul first with 40 percent. In the second debate, Paul said that President “Reagan was right. We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle East politics. So right now we’re building an embassy in Iraq that’s bigger than the Vatican. We’re building 14 permanent bases … We need to look at what we do from the perspective of what would happen if somebody else did this to us.”

At this time, Rudy “I was there on Sept. 11” Giuliani jumps in to interrupt Paul. Rudy’s microphone should have been turned off while Paul was speaking, but conveniently was not. Rudy demanded that Paul retract his statement, but he courageously would not.

Over the next few days Paul is vilified by fellow Republicans and by Fox News commentators who take his statements out of context and try to label him a conspiracy theorist. Paul is accused of “being out of step with the Republican Party,” “unAmerican,” and several Republican Party officials say that Paul should be excluded from further debates.

According to a Fox Channel online poll, Paul placed second in the debate. I might add that Paul voted against the Patriot Act and Bush’s invasion of Iraq. He is perhaps a ray of hope for Americans. Paul speaks honestly and truthfully, something we have not seen from the Bush regime since Sept. 11, and something we are not likely to see from the other nine Republican candidates.

The mainstream Republicans are scared, and they will use the controlled press to do everything to discredit Paul if they feel he is a threat. Wait and see if this happens. For now, Ron Paul has my vote.

Bob Fiske

Vail

Thanks for the coverage

Many thanks for all the support the Vail Daily rendered for the recently completed Community Pride Highway cleanup on April 28. The Vail Daily’s support included advertising and the excellent coverage on our event by Matt Terrell on several occasions.

In short, we could not have had such a successful event without your support and that of the Vail Daily.

Joe Macy

Event Coordinator

Eagle River Watershed Council

Bill is corrupt

The illegal alien amnesty bill will pass this week, according to the investigative journalist Alex Jones of Houston, Tex. This bill has actually been labeled as secret, the votes are already in line as are the 30-plus million illegal aliens who are just months away from their free amnesty and allowance into our country.

Our government is completely not working for anything that the American people want anymore.

Complete amnesty, all the while my friends from Eastern Europe have waited patiently for a visa to be able to stay in our country. They’ve spent years learning our language and dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s to be here and do the right thing.

Now the criminals from the south who got here illegally will be given permission to stay.

And have we noticed how the Republicans are trying to pull Ron Paul from the debate?

Absolute corruption across the board equals the U.S. government. God bless the remnants of this country.

Tavius Sims

Avon

Tipping manners

It seems the days of common courtesy have lost much of their luster.

When a restaurant offers 50 percent off, it is our gift to you. This allows us to give something back to the community and makes our food a little more affordable.

Regardless of whether you come in during the ski season or now in the offseason, you are still getting the same excellent service. So why would you cheat the server out of the tip that he/she deserves?

When I go and eat at a restaurant, I go expecting to pay 20 percent on the original total before all the discounts and tax are tallied. The service I receive is still the same whether I get that discount or not, so that’s what I tip on.

All I ask is that you stop and consider that this is the way we live, we are here to give you an experience to remember and serve some great food, please return a little of that gift back to us.

Nathan Coles

Avon


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