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Letters to the editor

Terie Roubos

On behalf of the board of the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, I would like to thank all of the players, hole sponsors, golf pros, donors, and the food and beverage providers who participated in the annual Sweet Shot Golf Tournament. Special thanks go to the Sonnenalp Golf Course and their great staff for making the event go so smoothly, Balata’s for the great service and to Slifer, Smith and Frampton for underwriting the food and beverage. And a huge thank you to Tony O’Rourke and Michelle for making the tournament happen! This is a fun, low-key tournament that makes it possible for the EVFAF to help residents of the Eagle Valley who are in temporary financial distress. It was a beautiful day on the golf course, and we look forward to seeing you all next summer!Terie RoubosEdwardsNo candidates?I have read that the school board elections will be cancelled due to lack of candidates interested in serving on the school board. Why are so few people interested in serving?It would be interesting if the Vail Daily ran the following question on their on-line poll: “Would there be more interest in running for the school board if the pet project of Superintendent John Brendza, the Teacher Achievement Program, was not in existence?” I can guess at the results.Rich BrownEagle-VailWhat’s provableIn the Tuesday, Aug. 30, paper Mr. Kevin Udd has really taken off on a column by Richard Carnes. Of course, it is his right to do so, and since I am hardly a fan of Mr. Carnes, I read the letter with great interest.I have been strongly aware for many years that it is not really good practice to publicly expound on matters concerning religion. Politics is all right, since it is little more than a game anyway, and it is unlikely that your friends and acquaintances will really “hate” you if your opinions differ from theirs. But religion, “ah, that’s the rub” and a more dangerous “rub” there is not.The “my church can beat up your church” philosophy is by far the most dangerous and hateful condition ever created by man. Think Inquisition. No need to recreate the wars, cruelties, hatefulness and deaths history has attributed to organized religion. They speak for themselves. However, that each and every human has the right to believe as he or she does is not contestable, although most often it really is. Think television pulpits. It is only when someone like Mr. Udd comes along that freedom is thrown into a cocked hat. Basically, he is saying that any of the laws of evolution cannot be proven scientifically or any other way, and therefore only the Bible is the “truth.” That is so, he says, because what is written therein cannot be “disproved.” Therefore it must be so that I will live to the ripe old age of 160 and play professional football until the day I die. It is probably not likely, but go ahead and “disprove” it.Mr. Udd lives by the creed that if it is in the Bible it must be so. Possibly, and I cannot disprove it, but neither can he provide absolute proof it is so. He does, however, off the conclusion that science is not “provable.”My oh my, where did all those dinosaur bones come from, what about all the artifacts of civilizations predating his Christian world by thousands of years? What about the milleniums of humanity before the Christian year No. 1? These he says are not “provable,” but his “facts” are rock solid proof because the Bible and probably his momma, told him so. Mr. Udd has the audacity to claim that his Bible is “a science book in its own right.” I have no doubt as to the power of the Bible (both versions). But still, it or they were written thousands of years ago, in a time when maybe only one person in 10,000 could read at all and 10 times that number could not write. We know very little about its origins or whether it is or is not wholly or partially no more than folklore. It’s good stuff and has done much for millions of people around the world and throughout the history of modern man, but so has the Koran, Old Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls and the writings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Solomon, Plato and Moses, to mention a few. Among notable peoples that preceded the “Age of Christianity” were the Egyptians, the Greeks, Macedonians, and the unobtrusive societies of China, Japan and Korea. All these were greatly advanced civilizations that existed on a very high human plane and contributed greatly to the advancement of civilization.Strangely, they are hardly mentioned in the various versions of the Bible except for the story of Moses, in the Old Testament. The Chinese and the Japanese had an alphabet and a common written language before the first Western civilization was wearing shoes. How strange that the “old man” let so long a time go by and so much happen before making even an “appearance.” If we are, as the good book says, created in his image, how could he have let such shenanigans go on so long before speaking out? I will tell you this, Mr. Udd, no one has ever known or will ever know which, if any theory, of life and death is the one and only truth, at least no one I ever heard of. And by the time you or I find out it will do none of us or any that are still around any good. So, Mr. Udd, I would be very, very careful in your judgment of others or in their beliefs. … As to your reference to “Hitler,” what are you talking about? I do not believe you even know who or what he was. As to your laying evolutionism at the feet of “communism, Nazism, slavery, racism, euthanasia, bestiality and cannibalism, to name a few rancid offerings,” I find your conduct contemptuous, as well as your obvious disrespect for any beliefs but your own. … My bottom line is this: I don’t give a rat’s petootie for anything Richard Carnes writes or says, but as so correctly stated by Mr. Thomas Payne (or one of his friends), “I will defend to the death, his right to say it.” If Mr. Udd finds Mr. Carnes’ article offensive, I find his writing and inferences equally elitist and offensive. …Alan AaronsEdwardsSome adviceMatt Zalaznick, I agree with your basic observation upon which your recent column was based. Christians should be pro-life in all areas of their dealings with life on earth. I believe this is one of the greatest failures of the human race and in particular Christians. The biblical quote that seems to cause Christians this misunderstanding is “dominion” (as in dominate) over the earth. This word was actually meant to be closer to the word stewardship, which means to care for and nurture out of love and responsibility. This convenient misinterpretation has been used by European societies to rationalize expansion and “domination” over other societies and environments. Jesus even tells his disciples once that Soloman in all his splendor was not as beautiful as the lilies of the field. When reading scripture, it is impressed upon one of God’s love and concern for ALL of his creation. We, as humans, are not the only fruits of God’s will in physical form! To think so is completely anti-biblical and missing the point of our place in the world. It is very easy to be deceived and to rationalize our actions. We ALL do it. The tone of your article was to point out the hypocrisy of Christians, lay blame and point fingers. I guess the best way to change behavior is not through degradation, but through compassionate teaching, realizing that we all carry logs in our eyes. If your goal is to effect positive change in order to protect life on our earth, perhaps a different tone would work better, but then again that may not sell as many papers. Darryl BangertBush’s fault, of courseHurricane katrina was not a spontaneous storm that appeared with virtually no warning. Where was Mr. Bush and the federal government about a week ago before this disaster hit? Well, he was on the “ranch” reading “The History of Salt,” and the government agencies he commands were apparently out to lunch!Jeff LaskyVail How about solutions?Matt Zalaznick, your commentaries are so biased and so full of extorted half truths that it makes me cry. Take your Aug. 30 editorial. It appears you are ignorant of the happenings of two previous U.S. gas crisis. The one in the early 1970s, price did not matter. There was little gas to be had in this country. Yes, we did car pool. Yes, corporations set policies that no meetings were to start after 4:30 so people could car pool. Americans got through this situation.Then there was the crisis of the early 1980s. Not as bad in terms of gas supply, but the net of this crisis was folks bought a lot of small cars (without government incentives). Gas prices will put the pinch on the pocket book of Americans,so we all will need to adjust spending priorities, just like we have in the past. All this brings us to the point that the Middle East is about oil and the security of the people who live in that region. It has been this way since the British navy switched from coal to oil in about 1912. President Bush is your favorite punching bag, but he has not just sat by and let this nation go down the road of losing our supply of oil. Remember we have had “do nothing” presidents in the past, and they have certainly not helped the country.The long-range oil situation is not good, as you well know. However, never once have I read a suggestion on your part on how to fix the problems ahead. All you provide is negative comments with no answers. So try an editorial on how you would fix this or some other national problem.David H. MitchellRight to keep, bear armsThe disorder in New Orleans brings to mind the reason ordinary citizens need to keep and bear arms. Large parts of that area were without police protection for days. There were numerous cases of rape, assault, looting and robbery. Two hundred members of the police department quit in the middle of the tumult. Later this month is the first anniversary of repeal of the so-called “assault weapons” ban. It’s the same as the concealed weapons law; liberals predicted a bloodbath in the streets. So far, no bloodbath. One of the slogans liberals retailed in support of this ban was that those guns are not suitable for hunting. So why would a decent person want to have one? Well, Hurricane Katrina has provided a reminder. That is not the only time there will be a breakdown of law and order, and ordinary people will be on their own when it comes to dealing with the vermin who show up at such times. This is why the Colorado Constitution says: “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called into question …”Terry QuinnEagleApplying reasonAfter reading Tom Smith’s letter to the editor, I applied his notion of “rational, realistic THINKING” and came up with the following questions:How does the war in Iraq translate into defending Alex Miller’s right to write?In what way are those soldiers “sacrificing and dying for you” (us)?As near as I can tell, the soldiers in Iraq are dying for George Bush and his most crooked cronies, Halliburton, big oil, and the grotesque profits of the military industrial complex. They are not over there defending our freedom.You’re a decorated combat veteran. I’ve known decorated combat veterans who are fine people, and I’ve known decorated combat veterans that are absolute scum. My father is a decorated combat veteran, now a minister, and he cannot for the life of him figure out one good reason why we are over there.Apply ration realistic THINKING to the debacle in the Middle East, and what do you come up with? Lies, greed, and exploitation of the very lives of the pawns in uniform we sent over there under false, incredibly greedy pretenses.M.G. GallagherVail, Colorado