Dear Editor:I take an outraged exception to the accolades Cliff Hughes bestows on Sue Gray in his June 16 letter to the editor. However harshly history judges the advisability of the war in Iraq, the regime it deposed was horrendous. Ms. Gray’s writings on Iraq were those of a myopic apologist for a brutal despot. At a Roaring Fork Peace Coalition discussion group last winter, Sue Gray made a bigoted statement about the Jewish religion that sent a gasp rippling through the room and prompted a visiting clergyman to quote Old Testament scripture refuting Ms. Gray’s blatantly biased interpretation of Judaism. Sue Gray apparently has more than Iraq on her agenda.Islamic fascism is a real threat to world stability. It was Islamic fascists and not “our own government’s handlers,” as Mr. Hughes bizarrely contends, who attacked the United States on 9/11. Demonizing Israel, as is now the vogue in the dangerous alliance between dogmatic leftists and fascistic Islamists, typifies the simplistic thinking and need for a scapegoat that always appeals to those drawn to totalitarianism, whether fanatic leftists or rightists. The ability to grasp complexities and disdain bigotry requires the mental flexibility that democracy breeds, and is alien to the rigid and sanctimonious perspective of extremists at either end of the political spectrum. Judith KingGlenwood Springs
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Basalt High School choir director Brittany von Stein made her first court appearance Wednesday for advisement on the criminal charges filed against her for alleged sexual relations with a student. The criminal case was sealed by a judge’s order so limited information was available.