Sopris Foundation defends conference |

Sopris Foundation defends conference

Aspen Times Staff ReportIn response to a Denver columnist’s portrayal of the upcoming State of the World Conference in Aspen as “Bush-bashing,” a Sopris Foundation official said Tuesday that the conference is intended “to raise awareness about critical global issues.”In a column titled, “Where Fans of Bush Fear to Tread,” published in The Denver Post on June 17, Bill Husted wrote: “Couldn’t they [the Sopris Foundation] have found one person on the planet who doesn’t think Bush is a lying warmonger? Michael Moore is more balanced than this gang.” Husted noted that former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke and former ambassador Joseph Wilson have both appeared on “60 Minutes” blasting the Bush administration. He also described national radio commentator Jim Hightower as a “liberal jokester” and Union of Concerned Scientists co-founder Kurt Gottfried as a “Bush-bashing scientist.””It’s not our intent to make this a political conference,” said Kate McBride-Puckett, president of the Sopris Foundation. “Our focus has never changed – we believe it’s important to focus on the issues that have dramatic impacts around the world, and when you focus on those big issues in the context of an election year, it’s automatically politicized.”The conference is organized and sponsored by the Sopris Foundation and is scheduled for July 9-11 at Paepcke Auditorium. For more information or to register, go to

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