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RFPC: All that’s right

Dear Editor:We’re concerned that recent letters to the editor regarding the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition could lead us into a downward spiral of arguing about our differences rather than toward working together as peacemakers. We are proud of what the RFPC has accomplished recently. In the past two months, we have sponsored a lecture by highly decorated Vietnam Veteran Claude Anshin Thomas (author of “At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey From War To Peace”); screenings of the documentary, “The Cost of War,” featuring a lecture by Iraqi veteran Mark Wilkerson, once a gung-ho soldier who is now a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War; and a ceremony by the Gaden Shartse Monks (exiled from Tibet) which included a lecture entitled “World Peace and the Unity of All Religions.” Through the PeaceNews! e-mail newsletter, we have circulated alternative news and petitions addressing progressive concerns from global warming, torture, PBS funding cuts, and much more. At Mountain Fair, we’ll be sharing a booth with the Stepstone Center and Davi Nikent, an integral healing center. We’ll have available copies of Deepak Chopra’s “Seven Practices for Peace Makers: How To End War One Person At A Time;” an article by Marc Ian Barasch, “You Are Mot My Enemy,” which describes a program designed to bring Israeli and Palestinian youth together to discover compassion for one another; information on how to become a conscientious objector; and other material related to consciously creating peace in the world.In an effort to address concerns about some of the videos which have aired on GrassRoots TV, we’ll be adding a disclaimer stating that the videos are intended to stimulate interest in and conversation about issues not covered by corporate media and do not necessarily reflect an official view of the RFPC or any individual RFPC member. We hope this will honor both those who don’t want to be identified with a particular video but do want to work on future projects and those who participate in organizational meetings where events are discussed and scheduled. Dates and times for organizational meetings can be found in our email newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, please e-mail rfpc@sopris.net.”Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field – I’ll meet you there.” (Jelaluddin Rumi)Jim and Kimberlie ChenowethNew Castle