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Agree, mostly

Dear Mr. Boyle: I thought that your letter was articulate, thoughtful, and right on. I’d like you to know that I happen to agree with your philosophy and with every position that you iterated.

That certainly includes your basic views regarding-a strong national defense, fiscal conservatism and the benefits of free enterprise.

Having sincerely said that, I did not vote for George Bush and I am proud of that!

David Le Vine

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Enjoyed ride

I just wanted to thank the SOS for putting on the Eagle Bike Ride. I am a beginner road bike rider and this opportunity really proved to me that I do love it and will keep riding and look forward to the next organized ride. All parties involved benefit from this type of thing and it should be encouraged.

I thought the traffic along the highway in general were very polite and cautious to the riders.

I never once felt like I was in danger or that the drivers were annoyed by our presence. So, hats off to SOS, thanks to the local officials for helping the ride go smoothly, and we’ll see you next time.

Rebecca Pohlman


Rewarding terror

Secretary of State Rice, on her recent trip to Israel, demanded that Israel reduce its security measures against PLO suicide bombers while praising PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas for “cracking down on terror” even while his organization continues to launch attacks against Israel.

The Zionist Organization of America’s president, Morton A. Klein, has strongly criticized this administration for this skewed approach.

“We are deeply perplexed by Rice’s strong praise of Abbas’ alleged actions against terrorism,” President Klein said. “What actions? He hasn’t disarmed or dismantled any terror groups. He hasn’t stopped incitement against Jews and Israel in his media, schools, or mosques. He hasn’t changed the names of the schools, streets, and sports teams presently named after suicide bombers. He hasn’t stopped smuggling in weapons from the Sinai to Gaza and he hasn’t closed the bomb factories.

“(But) when it comes to Israel, she demands adherence to the Road Map, reduced or no checkpoints, stop building homes anywhere in Judea and Samaria or Eastern Jerusalem, condemns the security fence, demands contiguity and states that Israel cannot keep any land past the 1949 armistice line without Palestinian Arab approval.

“All these demands of Israel is before Abbas has fulfilled a single sentence of the Road Map. This type of approach only encourages Abbas to do nothing and only harms the security of Israel. I would like to add that this morally inverted approach of the administration, which rewards Arab terror and castigates Israel’s legitimate security needs, bitterly disappoints many who voted for Bush and reduces domestic support for his policies.

Arthur Kittay


Vail Colorado

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