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Spank the writer

To the Editor:

After reading your listing in the "101 Summer Things" for the Woodland Park Holistic Fair [May 30], I wondered if your writer, instead of the "inner spirit monkey," should have been spanked, or at least educated about the essence and the substance of a holistic fair.

Gone are the days when a few "hippie" types got together in the local park, hoping people would come by. Fairs today are places where people come to be educated about holistic health and wellness. Our guests come to visit their favorite intuitives in order to gain perspective on where they are going with their lives. They also come to buy jewelry, crystals, and other sacred or meaningful objects, and go away with a sense of well being.

Our vendors are some of the best in the local community. We are excited to have participants such as Joel Klein, M.D., Carole Bourdo, a nationally recognized artist, and Ned Hartfiel of the Light Foundation, who is a yoga instructor, and an instrumental voice for world peace. There are no exorcists, ghosts or devils at the fair.

I feel that your editorial license may create uncertainty and fear about what the holistic community does. Your inferences convey just the opposite of what we do. Our sole purpose is to take the mystery out of holism, and to educate our guests about their bodies, minds and spirits, as trite as that may sound.

-- Amy Porter Coordinator Woodland Park Holistic Fair

Editor's Note: Though the small blurb about the fair was written tongue-in-cheek, our referece to Satan and ghosts was indeed an inappropriate depiction, and one we are sorry made it past our editorial scrutiny.

We're in trouble

To the Editor:

I certainly hope that Mark Weisbrot is right [Your Turn, May 30] that the various emerging scandals will erode public support for appointed "President" George Bush II and that we will not have to endure a second term of his administration. Weisbrot has some omissions and blindspots in his commentary, however.

Weisbrot says that "[t]he Bush administration...shamelessly exploited Sept. 11 to get what they want." True, but he omits from his list of what they want the escalation of destruction of the Fourth Amendment, and the thousands of warrantless searches which have gone on since last September with no more or better justification than "fighting terrorism." He also fails to mention the ongoing integration of all nominally local police agencies into the federally dominated Security State war against privacy and due process.

Mr. Weisbrot is certainly right that the administration's "questioning of the patriotism of their opponents...has worked." But he fails to note the linchpin of why is has worked so well: the foolishness and spinelessness of the so-called "opposition" in Congress, the Democrats who behaved just as badly as the Republicans in passing, without reading, his unconstitutional legislation and failing to investigate his executive agencies' misdeeds. Never mind the complicity of the government-controlled media, either.

Finally, I can only hope he is not being too optimistic when he (correctly) notes that the administration's stonewalling in response to the exposure of their real actions "won't attract many votes."

The problem is that they don't really need to attract any votes. The Republican-dominated Supreme Court can just as easily re-appoint Mr. Bush in 2004 as they did in 2000. Bush, Cheney and their minions have absorbed well Mr. Hitler's brilliant observation that "democracy is for weaklings."

-- Patrick L. Lilly

Occupied Cheyenne Caon

The dunce cap

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing Mike Plylar's outstanding letter, [Ashcroft's priorities, May 30]. Terrorists may be able to hijack and crash our passenger planes into our largest office buildings and Pentagon, killing thousands, but 50 of our F.B.I. agents put a couple pot smokers out of commission.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has a message to send to our children: Those in charge of protecting our country are complete idiots.

-- Kirk Muse

Mesa, Ariz.

Silly, stupid and stale

To the Editor:

I enjoyed your silly attempt to smear Rick Stanley [Public Eye, May 23]. Your technique is so stale that most people with at least the IQ of a parrot will understand that you are attempting to mislead them.

I certainly believe that Wayne Allard does not want to discuss his responsibility to support the Constitution by not voting for any measure that is contrary. Each branch of government, Judicial, Executive and Legislative each have that responsibility. That was a design to make the different branches work as checks on the others to preserve the Constitution.

Ask your boy Benedict Allard to address this issue. Be sure the route to the restroom is clear before you do.

-- John A. Lappart

Via the Internet

Aimless ranting

To the Editor:

Regarding John Hazlehurst's article on "Credentialism" [The Outsider, May 30], I tend to agree that degrees and experience may not always have much to do with one's ability to perform a job, and that the skills learned from going to school are sometimes obsolete in the near future. But I can't say the same for the rest of this rant, this aimless, bitching for bitching's sake.

Tom Collen and Sandy Baldwin no longer hold their positions because they lied about their achievements; it's really that simple. When you lie, you lose credibility, you no longer have the trust of your peers (or employees, or ballteam). It's all about trust and character.

Regarding the Bill Gates reference, I think he is a fine role model if you're into that sort of thing. He followed his dream and didn't have to fabricate accomplishments in order to fulfill such dreams. What does he have to do with any of this?

Since employers have such little information to make hiring decisions, I think it's their ethical responsibility to punish those individuals that abuse "Credentialism." Am I to understand that Hazlehurst wouldn't have minded if another individual got his job by lying on his rsum? How would any of us feel?

-- Dave Lindsay

Colorado Springs

It was icky

To the Editor:

They shouldn't drive me crazy, but they do. I say to myself ... I say, "Self, they weigh an eighth of a gram, and they don't bite. What's the big deal?"

I'm speaking of miller moths. They've been the scourge of my life for the last three weeks, or so. They're inconsequential bland little bugs, but as aggravating and nearly as annoying as any mosquito I've ever met.

Where did they come from? Someone said Kansas. And where are they going? That same someone said California. How do ditsy bugs like miller moths make it from anywhere to anywhere?

I lift the hood to my truck, and a miller moth flies out. I clean under my tablecloth, and a miller moth flies out. Rest period is over, boys, the highway's that way, not up every crack, behind every houseplant, and under every piece of dirty laundry I own.

I try to ignore them, but it's hard. One flittered in my mouth the other night. Yeah, it was icky.

And why do they always wait until I'm driving before they show their miller moth faces? I almost got in a miller moth wreck last Tuesday as I was trying to roll down my window and shoo out an unwanted miller moth.

Is time the only thing that can stop them? Are we doomed to miller moth invasions year after year?

I know I won't miss the dive-bombing birds and the moth feasts they hold on only the busiest of intersections. Is there a psychedelic quality to miller moth meat? Do birds hallucinate on it?

And, what kind of perverse instinct is it to be mesmerized by my headlights? Are the miller moths as drugged out as the birds that eat them? Maybe it's some kind of Samurai bug honor code or something, to throw yourself at speeding illumination.

I know I'm a bit obsessed, but I ain't cleaning carcasses out of my shoplight 'till this invasion is over. What's the sense? Clean today, and 10 more sacrifice themselves tomorrow.

... It's nice to see you again Mr. Miller Moth. When are you leaving? I won't leave the light on.

-- Malcolm Allyn

Fountain

Prophecy fulfilled?

Dear Editor:

I'm a Church of England minister conducting an international survey on changes in people's moral/religious attitudes following Sept. 11, and would like your readers to e-mail/write me with their views:

Has Sept. 11th changed your outlook on life?

Are you now more or less materialistic? More or less family orientated?

Are you thinking more about spiritual matters and trying to find out about God?

Are you more or less confident about the future?

If you're involved in a church, have your views been changed by the idea spreading through congregations worldwide that these events fulfilled prophecy found in Revelation Chapter 18, which talks about the fall of "economic" Babylon.

If you've heard this already, when/where did you first hear this being discussed? If it's new to you, are these similarities comforting or disturbing? Does it change your views on Christianity?

I also want to hear from any who had a "premonition" that something was about to occur we had three premonitions in my church. One minister in New York wrote in August 2001 how he had just had a vision of the Twin Towers engulfed in flames.

Confidentiality is assured -- e-mail me at jonathan@bible-questions-answered.co.uk. Results will be published on www.bible-questions-answered.co.uk.

-- Reverend Jonathan Willans

Surrey, England

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