Letters to the Editor
Vail, Colorado CO
Thanks for the help
I would like to sincerely thank the Vail Ski Patrol for their expert care and medical attention, and for helping me in the toboggan down the Vail Mountain Jan. 25. I was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion after being side-swiped by a middle-aged male skier just below Chair 14. I and my family are very appreciative of the Ski Patrols responsive emergency care and personal attenion. Those individual ski patrollers and the entire Vail Ski Patrol should be recognized for the service they provided to us and I am grateful. I would like to also “thank” that middle-aged man who caused my fall but saw fit to leave his responsibilites (i.e. me) before I regained a full awareness of my surroundings. I understand that we all can make mistakes while out on the mountain but shirking responsibility has no place on Vail Mountain.
Pick a party
Since the mid-1970s I have prided myself on being an independent voter. Unfortunately, I have just been deluding myself about being any factor in national elections. It is a fact of life that there has not been a truly open national convention in this country for many years. National conventions that were not already decided before the electors got to them usually selected a compromise candidate. The reality of today and every convention in my recent memory is that the presidential candidate is already selected before the convention begins. The primary system that we have is out of control. The larger states are about to make it more so with earlier primaries. Both major parties are each controlled by a small percentage of the voters and that minority consists mostly of the extreme wing in each party. I hesitate to generalize but I must, Democrats are ultra liberal and Republicans are ultra conservative. This is who controls the selection of candidates, issues, money and who you get to vote for in the primary and general election. To join one of these political parties, you will have to give up more of your privacy and independence. Of course, all of us independents think that we are really in the majority and it is up to the Democrats and the Republicans to present candidates that will attract us to vote for them.
Sometimes it works that way, but most of the time it does not.
In the last election, something very out of the ordinary happened. Joe Lieberman, the senator from Connecticut, lost the primary, but ran as an independent and won the general election.
Great, that’s the way the system should work but it doesn’t except under exceptional circumstances.
As a longtime politician he had a large political money chest and could afford to run. It did not matter to him that he had to go against his oath to support the Democratic nominee.
Yes you will get more telephone calls asking you to contribute, support and vote for someone, and yes you will get so much obnoxious mail that it will make you almost sick.
No one actually looks over your shoulder when you cast your ballot.
The big upside in the long run is that we will get more centrist candidates.
You independents out there, please pick a party and join, and at least vote in the primary.
You might surprise yourself and get really involved.
They often hide their face, but they cannot mask the message.
On Nov. 14, 2006, Ahmed Hales Abu Maher, secretary of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah in Gaza, said:
“Oh warrior brothers, (ours) is a nation that will never be broken, it is a revolution that will never be defeated. This is a nation that gives an example every day that is imitated across the world. We gave the world the children of the RPG (rocket-propelled grenades), we gave the world the children stone (throwers), and we gave the world the male and female martyrdom-seekers (suicide bombers).”
Their message of Jihad is terribly clear and we must take them at their word. Other Arab countries shun the Palestinians (even Iraq)!
The West is still trying to coddle and appease this sick society. We need a solution for our security and yet neither Democrat nor Republican can come up with an answer.