Vail Resorts answers an SOS call
June 3, 2013
Thank you, Vail Resorts
My partner, Buzzy, and I would like to express our gratitude to Vail Resorts for its support of the Snowsports Outreach Society. Vail Resorts' huge contribution, both monetary and physical, to SOS makes it affordable for all families.
SOS is an incredible organization that reaches out to children in all socioeconomic groups and guides them on a path toward personal achievement and leadership. While on this journey the children are taught five core values' including courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion.
It is incredible how much our son benefited from participating in his first year of SOS University. This year he figured out how much fun it can be to volunteer and give back to society.
If you would like more information on SOS, visit http://www.sosoutreach.org.
Alex Soto, Dillon
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Re: Susan Stamper Brown's May 1 column.
Allow me to suggest to Ms. Brown that before engaging in such ridiculous spin that she do at least a little research about the subject she writes about. Mikey Weinstein represents a think tank out of Albuquerque, N.M., called The Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Their mission statement is, "The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment." This is a direct quote from the man via the Huffington article he wrote that started this spin campaign. "Neither MRFF nor any other genuine religious freedom organization of any repute has ever championed — and never would champion — that evangelical Christians, as a whole, should be ousted from the government or the military. We demand only that people of all faiths (or no faith) obey their solemnly sworn oath to the Constitution and follow the military's regulations regarding religion."
In other words, ensuring that our military does not proselytize troops into Christianity or any other religion as the Constitution states. So no, Christian folk are not being thrown to the lions. There is no mention of retaliation toward anybody who serves and wants to practice believing in or praying too any deity they so please. This article is a fine example of how lazy our press in this country has become. Wander around the Internet and you will find many right-leaning, Christian organizations that spew the lies on which her article was based. Yes, Ms. Brown, your article is completely based upon an article from the ghost of Andrew Breitbart and his right-wing conspiracy website. Try harder.
Scott C. Mathews, Breckenridge
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