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Vail CO, Colorado

Wrong to write story

I read the recent article by Mr. Lynn concerning the Avon postal worker. I was very disturbed by the direction his article was going. The facts that I could get out of the article was that Mr. Tolbert was not found guilty of anything. I am highly upset at how the gentleman in question was portrayed to be guilty. The post office as well as the police did not find Mr. Tolbert guilty of anything.

I am not sure what Lynn has against this man but I think the newspaper owes him a direct apology for a poorly written article. The article would make sense if the man was found guilty in a court of law by a jury of his peers, but that did not happen.



Please do the right thing and make your apology letter to this man as prominently as you did your biased article.

Rodger Hatfield



Gypsum

Editor’s note: The Avon Police investigation found cause to ticket Randal Tolbert for two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure. The story also reported that the U.S. Postal Service’s investigation revealed there were no facts or evidence to support the accusations.

Israel faces more threats



The events that occurred this week in Gaza have made me wonder how the U.S. can continue supporting and providing aid to the Palestinian Arabs.

Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in an effort to provide a separation between its citizens and the Arabs. Instead of a quiet border, Israel is now facing an even greater threat to its existence from a terrorist state.

In an article written on Friday, June 22, Charles Krauthammer analyzes the current situation with a realistic view: “Gaza is now run not by a conventional political party but by a movement that is revolutionary, Islamist and terrorist. Worse, Hamas is a client of Iran. Gaza now constitutes the farthest reach of the archipelago of Iranian proxies: Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Mahdi Army (among others) in Iraq and the Alawite regime of Syria.”

In an effort to support the Abbas government, the American government sent millions of dollars in military aid to Gaza. The Arabs did what they do best ” run. All the aid fell into the hands of the Arab Hamas terrorists.

Are Abbas and his Fatah an ally for peace? In 2005, the Fatah sent 47 suicide bombers into Israel (fortunately all of them failed). Hamas sent “only” 29 suicide bombers in the same year.

How can we send any more to Abbas and to Gaza when it will be used to terrorize Israel and our Middle East allies? The United States needs to stand fast and end all aid to the Palestinian Arabs.

Arthur Kittay

Eagle

Why’d he get so much?

Here we go again, another Eagle County superintendent on the payroll even though he no longer works for the district. This sounds vaguely familiar; at one time in the last 15 years or so, I think we had four of them on the payroll.

When I read the article regarding John Brendza’s resignation, I was completely appalled to learn that he would be receiving a severance package of an insulting amount of $290,000! I cannot believe that the district managed to work itself into a position that would require paying someone $290,000 to leave.

What an insult to all of the hardworking district employees and teachers that struggle to make a living on their wages.

What is so sad about all of this is that for the last several years, our district has gone from one that was struggling with student achievement, but united in its efforts, to one that is now so divided over issues regarding TAP and pay for performance that the morale is dismal at best. Our schools over the last four years have lost so much of the “spunk” that once made them fun. John Brendza is to thank for that, his unbending implementation of TAP and pay for performance regardless of the teacher dissension, has taken much of the life out of the buildings.

What amazes me most is that Mr. Brendza, someone who professes to deeply care about the students and teachers of this district can in good faith take that money. He has been here long enough to know that for $290,000, the district could hire many quality teachers, send existing teachers to trainings, buy much needed supplies and equipment, assist with housing or generally enhance the lives of hundreds of students.

In my mind, it just shows that he was only ever doing what was right for him and not those he was supposed to be representing and guiding.

I can’t fathom why the district didn’t just fire him outright, at least then half of the population in the school district would have said, “Job well done.” I can’t believe that anyone on either side of the divide created by Mr. Brendza’s policies thinks this was the best answer.

A $290,000 severance package is simply unbelievable. Pay for poor performance at its best!

Jackie Rindy


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