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Melissa Layton

If you are planning to attend the Minturn Market this summer, you may want to pack a gun. There is a vicious pit bull in the neighborhood, with an … owner who has no control over the beast. The pit bull attacked a 12-year-old mellow and friendly yellow Lab, and the owner of the attack dog readily admitted it wasn’t the first time that it had attacked another dog. The Lab narrowly survived, with severe neck wounds. So what is the owner waiting for? For this vile creature she calls a pet to rip the face off of a small child? … Take your little dog and move to Denver where pit bulls are outlawed for a very good reason.Melissa LaytonMinturnA holy war of wordsIt appears that your writers are in an all-out warfare against Christians (those with biblical convictions) based on the relentless tirade in recent articles and editorials. I guess I’m responding to two types of writers – the scripture-twisting, self-proclaimed Christian, and the person who would love to see the Bible flushed down the toilet (in response to Jon Wright, Nicole Formosa, Richard Carnes and Matt Zalaznick).Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just twist “thou shalt not steal”? Well, what God probably intended was that it is wrong on a “one-time offense.” But hey, if you are truly committed to a lifelong career and never stray from that career, then there’s nothing wrong with it. How absurd. But people actually buy this junk in the name of warm fuzzies. My apologies, I didn’t realize that the liberal media now sets the course for religion and morality – or is it the spotless U.N., as Jon Wright would have us believe? Obviously, Mr. Carnes and others actually have a revolving closet door. They want to take one group out of the closet while forcing another group into the closet.The liberal left who claim to be tolerant, understanding, respectful, open-minded and compassionate have proved to be just the opposite, at least those writing articles in this paper. This only appears to be true if someone agrees with their own ideology. And if one disagrees, they must be some kind of hateful, intolerant, irrational, women-bashing, kid-beating monster. All the while, Mr. Carnes compares Christians to terrorists or worse! Your Tipsline caller describes Christians as intolerant, but in the same breath demands that we not believe in God. Are your writers so enraged that common sense and logic are thrown out the window making them blind to their own hypocrisy? They are hiding behind a wall of extreme rhetoric used to suppress any logical dialogue and debate from the opposition. It’s as though all religion must be confined by the parameters established by the most progressive entities.When liberal social causes stand up for what they believe, you praise the freedom-of-speech foundation of our country. Now, as soon as a Christian decides to take a stand for what they believe in, such as the moral decay of our country (in the name of progress), they are lambasted with the same old, tiresome, irrelevant rhetoric of “judge not” or “cast the first stone.” Yes, Mr. Zalaznick, you are right. We can turn off the tube, lock the computer, shut the blinds, put blindfolds and ear plugs on the kids when out in public. But most parents are limited when deciding which school will mold their child’s virgin mind. You claim that Christians are trying to brainwash your kids, while the liberal agenda has been manipulating society with liberal progressive ideology ever since I was tall enough to reach the television knob to tune in Dan Rather or turn the pages of Newsweek. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so troubling. (Side note: Actually, D.R., we’ve had enough bias to last a lifetime. Just give us fair and balanced.)Is it inherently wrong to be grounded in tradition? Or does karma require us to change our values and twist teachings over time to accommodate the masses? Yes, the abolition of slavery and freedom for women were necessary changes, but does that set a precedent that from now on all civil movements,are inarguably necessary, good and right? Now the tables have turned and you’ve become quite the squirmy worm, resistant to change. It’s nice to see the shoe on the other foot for once.I guess I can’t blame you for your ignorant hatred and intolerance towards the Christian faith, since Hollywood has been methodically degrading Christians, portraying them as greedy, self-serving, self-righteous criminals ever since I’ve been around. When minds are continually bombarded with such relentless manipulation, one begins to actually buy the notions portrayed. And until someone challenges these notions, they become deeply entrenched in your mind until finally one day someone decides to take a stand, and you start having convulsions like a crazed, frothing, drug-addict suddenly separated from his lifeline. It’s no wonder Mr. Carnes, Mr. Zalaznick, and others have such a deep loathing for this group. Maybe if you spent more time investigating the local Christian community (not just those with the warm fuzzies) rather than continually writing about liberal social causes, you would find out that we are not some kind of terrorists poised to hurl scripture and cut off the heads of those who disagree with our “radical” belief. Just give an advanced warning so we can remove the cuffs that lock our wives to the kitchen.I must actually thank Richard Carnes, Matt Zalaznick and others for indirectly exposing the true threat to this country – although the result probably wasn’t what you had anticipated. Tim HennumEagle Fortunate onesOver the past eight years, my wife and I have been very fortunate for our two sons having attended Red Sandstone Elementary School. As we say farewell to this most special school in the next week, we would like to say THANK YOU so very much to Mrs. Ricci and all of her outstanding educators and staff who have touched and influenced our family in so many ways.You have provided our sons with a great foundation to their future education. We want to wish you all a wonderful summer.Nino and Tina LicciardiVailThat’s opinion!Mr. Alex Miller: Your recent story about Sen. Jack Taylor sponsoring a so-called fix to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights constitutional amendment is a biased piece of journalism. When I went to journalism school, they taught us the difference between opinion pieces and news stories. Obviously, they are no longer teaching that course or you were absent from class that day.In your story, you wrote, “TABOR is the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, the state’s limit on government taxing and spending blamed for many of Colorado’s budget woes. A number of municipalities have enacted legislation to reduce the law’s negative effects.”This statement is an opinion, not a fact. Having read some of your other liberal opinions, one can assume that this statement is also your opinion. However, when you write in such a manner without labeling it opinion, you lose credibility. Thinking readers can thus assign a label of liberal bias to all of your writings.My opinion is that there are those who believe Colorado has “budget woes” and that TABOR has “negative effects.” Those people are usually identified as liberals or moderates. As a conservative, I don’t feel that way.My opinion is that Colorado is in better shape than some state governments because of TABOR’s limiting effect, and that, as compared to California, it is better to be holding the line or cutting fat, rather than being broke and deeply in debt. I believe that with TABOR, there are no “negative effects” for those citizens who don’t want a continued expansion of state government.So, in the future, please identify your writings as “opinion,” rather than as a news story, if you are going to continue to write in the manner that you did in the Taylor story. Otherwise, in my opinion, you will continue to lose credibility as a reporter.Michael J. CacioppoWhat I meantThank you for printing my letter regarding hydrogen technology, but I was unfortunately misquoted. The first line in the last paragraph includes: “say no to the environmental crowd” which effectively positions me left of center. What I stated and what was sent to the Vail Daily via email was, “The cynics from the (say no to everything) environmental crowd will doubt the viability of this concept” which implicitly places me right of center. That’s correct, a righty can think progressively along the lines of energy conservation. Now, if we could only get the likes of Green Peace and the Sierra Club to accept a wind and solar facility (producing hydrogen) in the Vail Valley. If done properly, a public utility could actually add to our surroundings. Want proof? Look at the French and their stunning new suspension bridge (the Millau) which inspired one architectural critic to call it “an epic work of art [with] an ambition far beyond utility.”Todd McDowellDenver, formerly of VailEditor’s note: No, the letter writer did not really misquote himself. He revised part of his letter and we misunderstood what he wanted taken out. Apologies for that.Wonderful peopleI had the pleasure of attending the Senior Awards Night at Eagle Valley High School. I have first-hand experience with how wonderful people are in this community. Their generosity and concern for each other often goes unseen in the anger and bickering that is broadcast so freely. This was another example of people in the community caring for people in the community. Wether you are for or against TAP, the trimester system, state-mandated testing, building or not building schools, a particular principal or teacher, in the end it is all about caring for the individual student that is being taught. Both parents and the school system will work much better together if they can just remember that not all solutions fit all kids. That there needs to be flexibility in approaching each individual student. And that we truly do care for each other.Janet Jay GypsumVail, Colorado


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