Dear Editor:Dennis Kyne, a former U.S. Army sergeant and medic, provided evidence for “Gulf War Syndrome” in a lecture last week. He said that “Gulf War Syndrome” was caused by depleted uranium (DU). DU is produced by the 103 nuclear power plants in the United States and comes from U235: 99.3 percent of the waste becomes U238 known as DU. There is about 1.5 billion tons of DU to produce your common silverware, your tail parts of commercial airline planes (used on the planes that hit the WTTs in NY City 9/11), and your American-made missiles.When DU is exploded, it causes a burst of fine radioactive particles that are smaller than bacteria or viruses, and these particles emit gamma, alpha and beta radioactive particles/waves to modify chromosomes in the human body. The United States fails to provide expensive sub-micron masks for its soldiers, let alone the Iraqi citizens.The effects that Kyne observed in Gulf War I from the use of DU are the following:(1) He observed organs in mass coming out of soldiers’ bodies,(2) He was witness (with photographs) of melting skin falling off soldiers’ bones,(3) His fellow soldier colleague’s wife gave birth to a one-eyed baby,evidence of “hot semen,” radioactive contamination. These kinds of birth defects have been observed also at Rocky Flats, where a woman in Arvada gave birth to a baby with its brain outside its skull. Iraq has seen the same type of deformities emerge after Gulf War I. There is only one weapon that causes chromosomal damage of this nature, and it is a radioactive weapon.If human beings are to survive, then they must ban all nuclear power plants and nuclear weaponry. However, Bush’s war policy supports the expansion of nuclear power plants and the development of small-scale nuclear weapons.Lou MortensenGlenwood SpringsWhere the heart isDear Editor:This past Monday, I crawled out of bed at 6:45 a.m., a little earlier than usual, and turned on the TV. There on the Fox News Channel, live, stood a 50ish Peter Frampton with a shaved head. He and a friend both held acoustic guitars and were playing a very mellow and enjoyable rendition of “Baby, I love your way.”I always liked Frampton, but had almost forgotten he existed. The camera panned around to a darkened corner of the studio where a few members of the staff held up glowing Bic lighters in appreciation. In those few fleeting moments, life felt worth living in a way it does not always feel today in this crazy world. Sometimes the simplest things mean a lot. For my money, Fox is where the heart is.Mike EasterdaySnowmass VillageElection issuesDear Editor:(This letter was addressed to Michael Ford.)Well, here’s a karmic conundrum for you: The fact that the only accurate point you made is, yes, there should be an IQ test for voters (maybe presidents too). Of course the problem with that is then even fewer people would be able to vote (especially Bush supporters).As to my letters vs. yours, mine at least stated the short and honest truth. Whereas yours only contained certain information that really didn’t prove any point. And to think that I got my political knowledge from 9/11 is hysterical. I and even most people will agree that “Fahrenheit 9/11” is just a cartoon compared to the true reality.As for your comment about the “idiotic oil-for war theory,” honestly it might not be so idiotic, but the American public sure are meant to think so.And to think that you could give me advice on who to vote for as a leader who “will keep me and my family from appearing on a grisly Al-Jazeera video or a statistic on CNN.” Well, I’ll tell you one thing: I certainly won’t vote for a president who has got us into something he can’t get out of. I mean if you plan to invade a country you better plan a little further than the battle itself. And I most definitely won’t vote for a president who can’t even win an election without help of Florida and his little brother, Jeb.So here’s a little advice for you in the next 79 days when you go to vote: Think about voting for someone who can change this country back to its respected self, and you better vote for someone who can actually think 2-3 steps ahead, unlike our current leader who can only think one step at a time, (let alone think for himself … Oh wait he’s got Cheney to do it for him).So that is why I will cancel your vote for Bush with mine for Kerry, a man that only has to be more intelligent than Bush (which isn’t saying much). Even though we should all know by now that when a Bush baby is involved it isn’t who votes, but rather who counts the votes.Michael LilledalSnowmass VillageCarbondale’s critical problemDear Editor:(This was originally addressed to the Carbondale Town Council.)When I first moved here eight years ago, I supported Chief Schilling and his department. They were community oriented as they should be.For the past five years, I have been watching, with growing apprehension, our Carbondale P.D. going in the wrong direction. It has apparently acquired an Us vs. Them mentality. Sort of like TRIDENT has become our P.D.No longer do we have a partnership between the people and the men and women who police us. This is very dangerous for our community. The most recent and revealing incidences occurred during Mountain Fair, and indicate that something is seriously wrong and needs correcting immediately, before it gets any worse and something really bad happens. How did one of our fine young men get beaten up so badly?I strongly urge you to address this critical problem. Also, how did a well-known town volunteer wind up in such a questionable situation with an officer who knew him?There are too many things like this happening. I am sure you all know more.Valerie HarrimanCarbondaleTo protect and serve?Dear Editor:I was dismayed to hear that a local community member of Carbondale, who volunteers his time for the town, was allegedly assaulted by a Carbondale cop during a routine traffic stop.My advice to anyone being stopped by a Carbondale cop is to lock your car doors and only open your window enough to pass your papers to them. We shouldn’t have to fear for our safety when dealing with the police.Sean AndersonCarbondale
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