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A chance for change
The ubiquitous conspiracy and tyranny of the Bush Cartel makes
a regime change imperative for the 2004 election cycle.
The two progressive candidates are (senator from Ohio) Dennis
Kucinich and (governor of Vermont) Howard Dean. Unfortunately
for Dennis, his three syllable last name will most likely preclude
his acceptance by the American populace even though he is certainly
the best choice for the most people (read: unsold to the corporation).
This leaves Dean. Dean, nice ring to it; cool and rebellious
like James. Dean (doyen) means “uniquely skilled by long
experience” – we could use that. What a refreshing
change it would be from the Dicks and Bushes and Colins. But,
since most Americans are so easily deluded by ignoble and simplistic
words and explanations, a “Dean” may come across
as too haughty and unapproachable.
Are Americans as a whole ready to elect an intelligent and
mindful president (Dean is an M.D.), or are we still so shallow
and dull as to be swayed once again by jingoistic and seductive
rhetoric? The answer is that we don’t need America to
come together on this one. Remember, Bush was elected (forget
the racist Florida ballot busters for a moment) with less than
25 percent of eligible voters’ support nationwide; if
we can simply get one in four people to vote progressive we
can change the world. I urge everyone to read up on these two
candidates and contribute to their noncorporate funded campaigns
at: www.kucinich.us/ and www.deanforamerica.com
– Paul Iverson,
Losing ground to trash
A small, square bumper sticker, which most of us have seen,
says something to this effect: “Never, ever hurt a child.”
Here’s a thought in connection with that: What does it
do to a child’s sense of values when he or she observes
adults indiscriminately, carelessly, arrogantly tossing their
trash along our highways?
Take a walk along just about any street in our community, through
any neighborhood. There is every imaginative kind of discarded
trash along the way. There arises the question, where do the
younguns get their example?
One of the chief sources of litter, of course, is the ever-familiar
cigarette butt. I’ve heard the justifications and the
defenses of the perpetrators: “They’re biodegradable”
and “It’ll all get picked up eventually.”
It seems apparent to me that the biodegrading takes longer than
most of us will live, and the picker-uppers are losing ground
to the trashers. This is especially true when that one carelessly
tossed cigarette does more than just create a “little
litter.” Then, I think the reasoning must go something
like this: “Oh well, ‘everybody’s doing it,’
and who can say I was the guilty party? Who will ever know?”
My answer to that insidious question is that on the future Day
of Judgment every one of you who thus justifies yourself will
be found equally guilty.
I wish to conclude by saying that not “everybody”
is “doing it.” No doubt, the majority of smokers
are polite and respectful. I know just from conversing with
hundreds of them – they are just as offended (many of
them more so) by this blight as are nonsmokers.
An afterthought about trash: If the clean-up crews, volunteers
and others were to go on strike, would the time ever come when
the trashers might be brought to their senses enough to ask,
“Hey, what kind of Colorado (world) am I trying to leave
for my kids?” Not to mention anyone else’s kids.
– Sincerely, Paul Griner
Bring the wild to every child
Durango Nature Studies (DNS)
announces its free 19th semi-annual volunteer naturalist training.A0Once
our naturalists have completed this 17-hour training, they will
lead small groups of Four Corners area school children on nature-learning
hikes. DNS has been bringing “the wild to every child”
since its inception in 1994. In that time, we have trained over
200 naturalists to lead nature walks with over 14,500 school
children. Volunteers come from all walks of life from students
to parents to retirees. All bring with them enthusiasm for the
outdoors and a belief in the importance of getting children
outside to experience nature.A0While many move on to other jobs,
new families or other community commitments, their respect and
increased knowledge for the land goes with them. Their influence
and impact are like ripples in a pond, cumulatively making our
community a better place. Their impact on area children is immeasurable.
Durango Nature Studies would like to thank all those volunteer
naturalists who have gone before (many of whom are still with
us) and invite a new group of community members to join us this
September.You help make Durango a great place to live.
– Best regards,
Jennifer Kleffner, volunteer coordinator
It takes a village
It is that time of year again – school has started! The
first day of class was Wednesday, Aug. 27.
The Durango Police Department is requesting all drivers to
please drive with extra caution and obey the posted speed limits
not only in the school zones but in the residential areas surrounding
the schools, as many children walk to and from the schools each
day. The posted school zone speed limit is 20 mph and the residential
areas are 25 mph.
Officers will be strictly enforcing the speed limits within
the school zones. Drivers need to be aware that the fines are
doubled for violations within school zones.
There will be school-crossing guards at several locations,
so please obey their request to stop while they assist the young
children safely across the street.
It takes a community effort to assist in keeping our children
safe. Please watch out for the children as they walk to and
from school, and report any suspicious activity.