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Courtney VogtFrisco

Re: “Disappointment with protest” by Mike Keaveney (Daily Mail, March 28)Mr. Keaveney’s letter to the editor bothered me. To be disappointed by seeing peace-promoting signs being held up by both young and old is a shame. Of course heavy world issues are not really dealt with by carrying signs, but an assembly of this sort is only meant to be part of a solution, as opposed to adding to the problem, as The Administration seems to be doing.Of course the situation in the Middle East is complex. The situation in Korea is complex. The physical and social condition of New Orleans is complex and has much more to it than just a hurricane’s ravaging. Poverty in Africa is complex, the over-fishing of our seas is a complex environmental problem, and the U.S.’s War on Drugs is complex and questionable. My point is that we live in a world where there are many multi-faceted problems all around us. For you to state that “it is beyond their (high school students) ability to grasp” when speaking of young people understanding a possible solution to the Bush Administration’s War on Terror, it sounds more like you have an inability to grasp the mentalities of Generation X and Y! We are growing up and coming of age in a time of nonviolent ideals. For the most part, our generations will live more fulfilling lives physically, mentally and spiritually than the last few generations. For the most part, we do not see a need to be invading, infiltrating, attacking, fighting and/or dying for terrorists, as I once heard something like “You don’t fight barbarism with acts that are deemed barbaric.” For the most part, we do not see a need to be dying for oil. I think that any rational student, young or old, would conclude that we have the technology and resources to get most of our power from corn, wind, sun etc. Yet is this war even about oil? Is it about terrorism? It must be so complex that I can not even begin to get into it now.Then again, what do I know? I was just a “mindless” peace sign flashing high school student five short years ago. As for your remarks about being welcomed into Frisco in this manner, as a Frisco resident and Town employee, I am perplexed. The protesters are not making Frisco a political statement. Frisco itself is a statement of the mountain lifestyle. Peace sign wielding Summit Countians fit well in this American mountain culture, and if you are offended or disappointed by it, then why do you visit here? I have come to love this area largely for its citizens who go above and beyond in the spirit of global awareness and wellness, and I wish our visitors would respect that while enjoying our recreational opportunities, or whatever it is you come here for. (Disclaimer: The author has not participated in any of the recent protests in Frisco, but fully supports the First Amendment.)I have come to love this area largely for its citizens who go above and beyond in the spirit of global awareness and wellness, and I wish our visitors would respect that while enjoying our recreational opportunities, or whatever it is you come here for. (Disclaimer: The author has not participated in any of the recent protests in Frisco, but fully supports the First Amendment.)


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