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Use better judgment

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the cartoon caricature of your Tuesday, March 23 Aspen Times edition. As you know from the strong response received from the Aspen community, this comic characterization of this deranged person has no place in our local newspapers. Your decision to reprint this is both racist and with poor judgment on behalf of The Aspen Times editorial staff.

It is our hope that The Aspen Times will refrain from this editorial propaganda as future events occur.

Sincerely yours,

Richard Pearlstone

president

United Jewish Appeal Aspen Valley Campaign

Grotesque cartoon

Dear Editor:

The cartoon of March 23 opens egregious 2,000 years of anti-Semitism in Europe which the Vatican and common-sense humanity have repudiated, and is now being co-opted by Moslem bigotry.

Sheik Yassin is depicted as a Christ figure on a wheelchair-cross, crucified by Jewish missiles. So is this how it goes? The Jews killed Christ (as pointed out by Mel Gibson’s film, the “Passion of the Christ”) and are forever damned. Now, the Jews have killed the Sheik and should be damned more than forever!

The terrorist movement, Hamas, seems to need a spiritual leader committed to blowing up women and children and the destruction of Israel and the Jews. I presume the point of the cartoon is to gather sympathy for these terrorists and justify their destructive agenda.

I do not feel justice is served by The Aspen Times’ signing on to such a belief and publishing this grotesque cartoon. I doubt Aspen would do so well without all that Jews contribute to it.

Herschel Richter

Phoenix, Ariz.

Which is best? Measure the smiles

Dear Editor:

Roger Marolt versus Jason Troth. Skier versus snowboarder. C’mon boys (or is it boyz?), get over it. Snowboarding and skiing are both great! As a skier, I love what snowboarding has done to the mountains. Money? Yeah, fine, but it is the fun, vibrancy, youth and new dedication by skiing (shall I say “sliding”) companies around the globe to make the mountains fun again.

When I grew up here, the Skico spent all night knocking jumps down and roping off roads so crazy kids wouldn’t launch themselves. Not now. Snowboarding has helped to re-emphasize an “art” on the slopes that was slipping as fast as Roger was getting old. An art dedicated to carving turns, launching off of jumps, making crazy turns in absurd terrain and laughing all day on the way to apres ski.

Here is my favorite analogy: Comparing skiing and snowboarding is like comparing fine carpentry. A snowboarder uses nothing but hand tools, meticulously hand-carving each nook and cranny of his work, scraping knuckles and loving his creations. A skier is more of a power tool guy: Plug it in and let it go – same fun, different approach. I’m a power tool guy, but have an enormous amount of respect for hand-tool guy.

In this argument, each side has some blame to share. Both are guilty of looking down their noses at the other citing different stereotypes. As a power-tool guy, all I ask is that snowboarder guy not forget that it was skiers who first carved turns and caught big air. And to my fellow power-tool guys, let’s not forget to thank our brethren sliders for all the good that they have brought to the slopes. Extend a pole and give them a boost through the flats – we’re both trying to get to the same place. Before Jason and Roger engage in some macho race through the trees to see who is “best,” maybe the best solution would be to get together and have a bong, a beer and a slide and just chill out and show a little mutual respect (not necessarily in that order).

If you guys want to “measure” which sliding approach is “best,” I suggest you not use a stop watch, but rather a ruler – to measure the size of the smile at the end of the day.

Scott Writer

Old Snowmass

Thanks, Roger

Dear Editor:

Well, Roger rides again!

That harsh clanging noise from downvalley was apparently the puckering of a certain part of Jason Troth’s anatomy.

Thanks for continuing to amuse us, Roger.

Pete Kerr

Basalt

Club appreciates support

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Club Rotario Roaring Fork, we would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses that gave their support so generously for our club’s first fund-raising event.

Our first annual bowling tournament was a great success and, by all accounts, everyone had a great time. Our club is the first Spanish-speaking Rotary Club in Colorado and has the particular focus of supporting our Latino community. The money raised from the tournament will be used to support educational grants for local Latino students.

For more information on Club Rotario Roaring Fork, please call Julian Hardaker at 309-5169.

Special thanks to the following organizations for their support: American Family Insurance and Ginger Watts; George Pearson and Jim Lord; Coors Distributing; New Castle Super Bowl; Wells Fargo Bank and Home Mortgage in Carbondale and Glenwood; Wal-Mart; American National Bank; Mi Casita Real Estate; China Town; Fiesta Guadalajara; Glenwood Caverns; Names and Numbers; El Pueblito de Victoria; Italian Underground; Mark Tye; Jo-An Barnett; Atlas Pizza; Aspen Rotary; Carbondale Rotary; Glenwood Sunrise Rotary; Glenwood Noon Rotary; Snowmass Rotary and La Mision.

Julian Hardaker, president

Susie Meraz, secretary


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