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Lest we forget

Dear Editor:Living in the comforting isolation of the Roaring Fork Valley, with fuzzy boots strutting around Aspen, private jets whisking clients in and out of town and season ski passes that cost over a grand, it is easy to lose touch with the realities of our world. For many people, this is the draw of Western Colorado and for others an inevitable side effect of mountain living. It is with a heavy heart that I write to remind readers that as we grind out 40-hour work weeks, the people of Darfur are being slaughtered in a conflict President Bush has called “genocide.”The situation in Sudan is dire, with destitute Darfurians defending themselves with poison arrows against a well-armed paramilitary group known as the Janjaweed, who murder and rape civilians as an offensive military strategy. To date, over 450,000 people have been murdered and 2.5 million people displaced by violence. As citizens of the world, privileged not to live with daily violence, we must speak on behalf of those who cannot. A U.S. response to the violence in Darfur would not be another Iraq. Small actions, like supporting a UN peacekeeping force would make a significant impact on thousands of lives. Please remember, as you carve your first turns for the season, that you have the power to make positive steps towards saving lives. Contacting your congressman will take less than 10 minutes of your life and cost you nothing. Please get involved: http://www.savedarfur.org.Johann AbergerCarbondale

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