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BASE jumpers should stay out of national parks (column)

Crista Worthy
Writers on the Range

A diminished Vail Mountain

I read with sadness your July 22 article, “Construction continues on Vail Mountain.”

It confirmed what I had already suspected after having recently traveled to the top of the gondola there to hike: That the beautiful summer mountain experience has been totally exchanged for a horribly ugly conglomeration of “tourist attractions.”

Is the unique beauty of that mountain not enough for people? Or is the income from a simple gondola ride not enough for Vail? It’s sickening what has been done to that place of natural beauty for the sake of some extra cash!

Amanda Morin

Blue River

The crosshairs of a rogue nation

I’m trying to get my head around what just happened with respect to the agreement Kerry and Obama made with Iran. Perhaps one of our liberal friends can offer some assistance.

The agreement was made; Congress was to be provided 60 days after they received the document containing the agreement to review, ask questions and then vote up or down to approve or disapprove. Obama could overturn a disapproval if the Senate did not have the necessary votes to withstand the veto.

It appears the document arrived at the Security Council of the United Nations before it arrived at Congress. This body voted unanimously to approve the agreement, and we are told by Kerry, Obama and others the deal is basically done. Much is being made that Russia and China agreed, as did the E.U., and they are on the way toward implementation.

Let’s see, Russia will sell weapons to Iran. China will sell technology and receive much needed oil, as will the E.U. All of this with the $100 billion plus, which will be freed up when sanctions are lifted.

Congress, the representative of the people of the United States, has been left out of the deal. Obama sold out the representatives of the people!

Scary, don’t you think?

So, Iran will get a lot of money to finance its activities, which we know involves terrorism. The other nations in the Middle East will begin positioning with the bomb. Iran’s objective is still to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and proclaim death to America.

Question: Besides positioning Kerry for the Nobel Peace Prize and sweetening Obama’s dismal legacy, what do “We the People” get out of this? Please don’t tell me the only alternative is war. This is Obama and Kerry’s scare tactic to sell the deal.

Face it, we have been placed in the crosshairs of a rogue nation who is committed to our destruction.

John Fanning

Breckenridge

Shame on the Supreme Court

Re: Carrie Brown-Wolf’s July 20 column, “Backlash against gay marriage

We sit here as Americans today with another polarizing decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. In writing the decision for the four other assenting justices, Justice Anthony Kennedy got to redefine the word marriage for the citizens of the USA — which I will never accept nor uphold — and I believe most Americans would take issue with.

Not only do I not accept his definition, I think the framers and writers of our U.S. Constitution must be rolling in their graves over this decision. I believe most people still today would define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.

The author of the “Backlash against gay marriage” article references the Bible and what Jesus of Nazareth would have said or done on the gay marriage situation — clearly showing she has no educated idea of the Bible or Jesus of Nazareth, and I don’t have the room here to educate her. She should read The Gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 1-11, for a quick insight to Jesus earthly mission. It’s about mercy and forgiveness. It’s not about anything goes.

The dilemma we face going forward is which one of our constitutional rights have precedence over the other. Our civil rights or our religious rights?

I believe this could have been resolved with the term “civil union” for same-sex couples, with all the civil rights and protections of married couples, but it wasn’t — and for a reason. There is an agenda on the part of our secular culture and social elite (nonbelievers), which I see evidence that the five assenting justices are members of, and that agenda is to take God and religion out of the public square and confine it to buildings of worship.

I pray that our Lord will continue to have mercy on the citizens of the U.S.A. and provide us with leaders to take on this secular progressive agenda.

Chuck Abrams

Silverthorne


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