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Boulder is still magical
(Re: “Gone but not forgotten,” Devil’s Dispatch, June 26) I wanted to write to assure Ben Corbett (“Is it still just as magical...?”) that his friend was right — Boulder is just as magical for new people coming here. I repeated Ben’s own East-to-West Coast journey of 17 years ago just this past September, arriving in Boulder from New York in search of a place to live, a job and people who might help to alleviate the pangs of missing the family and friends I left behind.
I have been extremely fortunate to have discovered wonderful opportunities and experiences with all three, as well as an environment (both physical and mental) that never ceases to amaze, delight, frustrate (just a bit!)... and all with a view that takes my breath away every time.
If anyone ever gets it into their head to remake the movie Field of Dreams, I would recommend that the story be moved westward so that, in response to the question posed by Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ghost “Is this Heaven?” the answer comes back, “No, it’s Boulder.”
Vote for Jared Polis
(Re: “Polis on politics,” news, June 26.) I read Pamela White’s feature on Jared Polis with great interest. Although I admire Jared’s opponents, Joan Fitz-Gerald and Will Shafroth, I leaned towards supporting Jared since first meeting him early on. I have since become a very strong supporter. The information in the Boulder Weekly article helped to clinch it for me. Let me hit the highlights of what I have learned about Jared Polis since the 2nd Congressional District campaign began:
Values — Jared has shown that he is consistently driven by values. His actions speak to those values. There is no guessing as to where he stands on issues. Born into a middle-class, politically progressive family, Jared learned from his parents to respect others as individuals, to admire hard work, to exhibit compassion towards the less fortunate and to give back to society for the opportunities it gave him. It is refreshing to discover that his new wealth has not changed the man from what he was taught.
Independence — Political campaigns at the national level require huge amounts of money. The wealth he made selling his Internet businesses means that he can pay for his own campaign. He will owe no favors to large donors when he gets to Washington.
Wealth — You can tell a lot about a person, in this case a man, by how he got his money and how he spends it. Unlike the wealthy who made their money on the backs of others, Jared Polis made big money selling the two Internet companies that he started from just his own ideas. When he sold, the people who had worked along side him — secretaries, programmers, assistants, etc. — all shared in the profits.
Education — Many know that Jared is bright — he was accepted into Princeton at age 16! Not many people know that Jared has founded, and funded, five schools for culturally and economically disadvantaged children that remain successful today. Educating the future citizens of society is a passion of his.
Iraq — Jared Polis spent his own money to travel to Iraq to see firsthand if his position against the war was justified. He returned more convinced than ever. While there he found a mercenary army of citizens from many countries, answering to no authority, and paid with our tax money. His outrage at what he found is public record.
Conviction — A man of his word, you can be assured that Jared will fulfill his promise to work for a single-payer form of universal health care. You can expect Jared Polis will spend your tax money like he does his own — guided by his values! His independence from special-interest power brokers — because he funds his own campaign — gives me confidence. It should you, too.
The gun-control debate
This letter is in response to the articles covering the Supreme Court’s ruling this week that clarified Americans’ right to own a gun for self-defense. It has once again sparked the debate about gun control.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Obviously, the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard, in which trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.
The only two reasons for a citizen to own a firearm are for hunting or defense of the household from intruders. In either case, ownership of a handgun, shotgun or rifle is more than adequate to satisfy these purposes. There is absolutely no need for any U.S. civilian to own any weapon more powerful or sophisticated than these. Accordingly, all handguns, shotguns and rifles must be licensed and registered to the degree necessary to match weapon to owner at the click of a computer key. Furthermore, if we had prohibited the purchase of more sophisticated weapons, several innocent victims would not have died at restaurants, universities and shopping malls.
Joe Bialek/Cleveland, Ohio
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