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Help DHS race a truck in Nevada
I am going to keep this
short and sweet.
I am the metal
fabrication instructor at Durango High School. I teach welding,
metal fabrication, engineering and the math that applies to
fabrication. My students want to build an off-road race truck and
take it to Nevada to race in the desert .. and this is a good
Remember high school?
Wasn't it supposed to be a fun learning experience?
In order to become AWS
(American Welding Society) Certified, students will have to take a
test consisting of welding pipe and sheet metal. Can you think of a
better way to teach students than students actually having fun
doing it and gaining a lifelong experience? Once we get the truck
built, it will be a matter of repairing it. The big expense is
getting all the parts.
Can you help?
We are looking for
sponsors. I donated the truck, a 1982 Ford Bronco. Now we need
parts. Parts like tires, seats, engine parts, shocks, chromoly
tubing, a third member, oil coolers, fuel cell, hardware and a C-6
We can engineer and
build the truck, but we need community support in the financial
department. We have sold projects to raise money, and the students
and others have donated what they are able, but how much does a
person in high school make?
We have the body sheet
metal, the truck frame, a 351W engine block and the rear housing. I
will donate the MSD ignition box, MSC billet distributor, MSD 8.5mm
wires, some labor and the transmission. That's about $2,500 for
Can you help?
Can the local tire shops
donate one 37"-by-12.50"-by-15 wheel and tire each? Can a parts
store donate the heads and engine internals: another fuel injection
system. The welding shops could donate the tubing. Each auto dealer
could donate one Fox off-road shock and the engine gauges. The
local restaurants could donate small items. I tell my students that
no "one" person can build an aircraft carrier, that it takes a
Can we get together as a
This is an opportunity
for a great learning experience for the students. This is a chance
for parents to go to Nevada as chaperones and camp out for four
days in the summer. This is an opportunity to have your sponsorship
name on the truck. This is an opportunity for you to help students
learn while having fun.
What do you say,
Durango? I can be contacted at 259-1630, Ext. 124.
Padraig Lynch, Durango
Solve the dog park dilemma
The dog park is a
success! It has become a popular recreational destination for both
area residents and visitors alike. It has become so popular that
pedestrian and vehicular congestion has become a serious problem
near the entrance to the designated park. These problems arise from
the lack of parking near the entrance and the condition of the
access trail beneath US 160.
In the Durango Herald's
cover story on March 5, 2004, Dale Rodebaugh reports " owners
are finding the walk from Schneider Park too strenuous." And quotes
Cathy Metz as stating "Dog owners are parking illegally to
avoid walking a little more than six-tenths of a mile ." For the
sake of comparison, the Herald offices are six-tenths of a mile
from the Doubletree parking lot, and the Recreation Center is
five-tenths of a mile from the north City Market parking lot. I
doubt many patrons (or reporters) would find these walking
distances acceptable to use the recreation center
The city has made
attempts to provide safe access and parking for dog park visitors
by designating a parking area west of the entrance on the south
side of U.S. 160. However, this parking area is undersized, with
poorly marked limits, and in conflict with private residential
Rather than offer
alternates or potential solutions to the problems, the City is now
threatening to close the park if the present conditions
It seems the city has
three choices to address the current situation:
n Designate and
construct a parking facility specifically for the off-leash area.
The ideal location for this parking lot would be on the south side
of U.S. 160, near the existing entrance. This alternate would be
costly and would necessitate approval by CDOT for the
n Investigate alternate
locations for use as off leash areas. As it exists now, the dog
park is located distantly from residential areas. It seems that the
best way to minimize the need for parking facilities at a
designated off-leash area would be to centrally locate this "dog
park" nearer to those served.
n Abandon the concept.
The off-leash area does not beneficially serve all city residents.
However, the recreation center, Chapman Hill facilities, BMX park,
skate park and even public schools are examples of investments made
by Durango residents which are not beneficial to all who finance
them. It is apparent (or should be apparent) that a sizable
population of this community feels the dog park concept is
If you feel that an
off-leash area within the city limits is a benefit to this
community, please make you voice heard. Too often only those
opposed to progress will react.
Rob Harries, via e-mail
In the name of democracy
How many readers have
seen the news on Haiti? Seems some very connected, wealthy,
rightwing people accomplished a violent overthrow of the
democratically elected government whom they didn't like. Why didn't
America speak up in defense of the Rule of Law and the Democratic
system in Haiti?
I'm confused on this:
Didn't we just send hundreds of Americans to die? To say nothing of
the injured or the thousands of dead and injured and homeless Iraqi
civilians as well as combatants or the astounding destruction of
Iraq's infrastructure and cultural heritage or the alienation of
the Islamic people. All in the name of Democracy? Isn't that the
sound bite President Bush keeps throwing at the news
We Americans believe
him: "Sure we can do this for Democracy." That's because regular
Americans like us still believe in principles and the notion of
Democracy. I believe in Democracy too. So why didn't our president
speak out in clear unequivocal terms that he supported the
legitimate democratic system in Haiti? Democracy is about a system
of order, not a personality. Why did President Bush and his foreign
policy side with pro-coup forces? Like him or not, Aristide was
still the legitimately elected President of Haiti. Why didn't we
encourage the Democratic exchange of power? If all of this is up
and up, why are American forces holding Mr. Aristide
I'm constantly told,
it's OK, trust President Bush, listen to his patriotic words. OK, I
do try that, but when Bush's foreign policy actions constantly
belie those patriotic principles, I have to wonder. What's most
frightening is that the Bush Administration seems proud to be
conducting foreign policy with the finesse of a cancer surgeon
wielding a chainsaw. I believe we Americans have become too casual
about shedding blood this can only come back to haunt
Makes me want to ask
Bush supporters: What is going on here? Why are President Bush's
actions so often the opposite of what he claims to believe? Do you
really know the president you believe in? Can you understand why so
many distrust Bush and his administration?
Sincerely, Peter Miesler,Durango
Vaccinating for cash or medicine
Does Senate Bill 139
represent genuine concern or corporate greed? Follow the money. SB
139 will set forth a statewide database of all Colorado's children.
The system will be used to phone parents and coerce them to have
their children "fully" vaccinated. This means the child must have
every single recommended vaccine. When I was a child I only had two
immunizations: polio and smallpox. These shots were for serious
diseases that affected large populations. I am truly grateful for
advances in modern medicine that have eradicated deadly diseases.
Today, though, Colorado's children are required to receive 29
vaccinations by the age of four. The risk of children contracting
some of these diseases is minuscule. For instance, the hepatitis B
vaccine is promoted
as necessary for infants
and schoolchildren yet, over a period of years, there was only one
chronic case of hepatitis B in the birth through age 4 category.
The calculated average would be less than four in a million cases.
These are the children who contracted the disease from their
Children of infected
mothers should be the only children needing this vaccination. In
that same time period, there were only 15 cases in the birth
through 14 years age group. According to the Colorado Department of
Public Health Environment fact sheet: B is not spread through
casual contact or in typical school, office or food service
settings. It is not spread by coughing, sneezing or drinking out of
the same glass." The Centers for Disease Control admitted there is
not one documented case of transmission of hepatitis B from sharing
toothbrushes, razors or ear piercing. Most important, the American
Association of Physicians and Surgeons has declared that children
are more at risk of being harmed by the vaccine than the
Why the drastic increase
in vaccine requirements for diseases posing no risk to most
children? Is the vaccine industry really concerned about the
welfare of our children, or have our children become a captive
market for the vaccine industry? To answer these questions we must
follow the money.
Congressman Dan Burton
was instrumental in uncovering the corporate profit connection to
the increase in vaccine requirements. His interest started when his
perfectly healthy grandson turned autistic overnight after
receiving nine inoculations in one office visit. These vaccinations
contained 40 times the toxic level of mercury for humans. He became
determined to uncover the truth. What he discovered is sickening,
if not shocking. A majority of the members on the committees that
approved vaccines had financial ties to the pharmaceutical
companies that produce the vaccines. Either they were being paid as
consultants or lobbyists, or owned vaccine patents or stocks in the
pharmaceutical company. One member owned a patent for the vaccine
being approved and was also being paid by the pharmaceutical
industry to travel around the country and promote vaccines as safe.
This is tantamount to letting the vaccine industry write its own
profitable government mandates. When committees approve a vaccine
as safe, federal funds are released to buy the vaccines from the
Corporate Executives of
the major vaccine manufacturers have invested large amounts of time
and money into the creation of a framework for a national database
to tag and track citizens to enforce compliance with government
vaccination policies. SB 139 fits perfectly into their
Around the country
parents have been threatened with losing custody or losing
insurance coverage if their children were not "fully"
Section 1 (1) ( c ) of
SB 139 states: "The Colorado Department of Health and Environment
has a stated performance goal to increase the number of fully'
immunized children ." Why "fully" immunized when some vaccines
are unnecessary and cause more harm than good? According to the
American Association of Physicians and Surgeons: "the federal
government pays the state a bonus of up to $100 for every fully'
vaccinated child. What's their motive money or medicine?" The state
does not receive the money if a child is exempted from just one
If SB 139 passes,
responsible parents who choose to exempt their child for valid
reasons will be harassed by the Colorado Department of Health into