So tell me, who is this Barry Smith guy? | AspenTimes.com

So tell me, who is this Barry Smith guy?

Dear Editor:

Here again, I have to comment on the nonsense opinions that make up a column (“On the border of something,” Sept.. 26, 2011, The Aspen Times) by Barry Smith.

Here is a guy offended by a couple of questions at the Canadian border! And by the guy’s attitude! Please!

What is it about a contemporary guy who thinks it is OK to make fun of the way questions are asked or even asked? He is so lucky his trunk wasn’t opened (mine was at the border near Spokane by a nice guy from Colorado, but he still opened my trunk and checked out my entire car and I am a little old lady with my old lady girlfriend).

He hasn’t read the incident in Greg Mortenson’s book about having his passport torn apart at the Pakistan border by teenage sentry, and he hasn’t been to Estonia in 1996 and had to pass customs into a Russian gulag type booth.

I have been going to Canada almost every year since 1988 because our son married a Canadian girl in Canada, and I have seen dogs sniffing and causing cars to be opened at the Peace Arch crossing. My husband and I were detained for getting in the wrong line at another crossing.

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He doesn’t realize a customs guard was the one who found the bomb in a trunk at the Port Angeles, Wash., ferry crossing from Victoria, a bomb headed for LAX. The terrorists had made the bomb in Vancouver after traveling across Canada and had crossed in two ferries to Port Angeles.

The men at customs have seen a lot of guys like Barry; Barry is so into himself.

Marlis Laursoo

Glenwood Springs