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Vail CO, Colorado

Teacher says thanks

Dear Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club,

Thank you for supporting education and for recognizing me as your “Teacher of the Year 2007.” Your acknowledgement, certificate, T-shirt and financial support are all greatly appreciated. I will use your gift card for purchasing reading-related materials for my classroom.



Kindergarteners are learning sponges. They truly love literature and have enjoyed and benefited from your materials that I have already used. Thank you again for supporting me, learning and students.

Nancy Allen



Red Sandstone

Elementary School

Do Dems believe in sacrifice?



In his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, President Kennedy spoke eloquently of America’s role in the world community “Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

I cannot think of a single prominent Democrat today who would subscribe to a word of that.

Bernie Schwartz

Edwards

Can’t defend Falwell

Jack Van Ens’ commentary is always thoughtful, but his position in defense of Jerry Falwell is indefensible!

We, each of us, are our conversation. Our conversation is driven by what we believe. Falwell’s beliefs, actions and conversation all support exactly what he said about feminists, abortion rights, homosexuals and the ACLU in his public statement regarding Sept. 11. His words were not a “gaffe,” a slip of the tongue or a thoughtless blunder as Van Ens allows. If he “shot himself in the foot” it was because of who he was, and that for which he stood. His commitment to such causes as conservative Christian education and a right-wing conservative social agenda, as described in the writer’s commentary, in no way ameliorates his public outcries. Falwell aroused hate and intolerance in his followers, and was quick to demonize those who did not share his world view. He showed scant Christian charity in promoting his unforgiving religious dogma.

Jim Risser


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