Scrating in the dirt for a kernel of truth

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Sept. 11 events – December 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Colorado Central,

A whole gaggle of writers, myself included, have been scratching around in the dirt of recent events in search of the kernel of truth, and Columbine Quillen may have got the best one (your November issue) as she gives the mountain-girl’s perspective on New York as a cocoon of 24-hour-convenience.

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An escape from the madness off the beaten path

Letter from Greg Veatch

Sept. 11 – December 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Editor:

Summer seemed to have flown by in the wink of an eye. A beautiful fall was upon us and time was moving forward. Then our day was interrupted by the evils of 9-11. In hopes of putting that frightening day behind us, or to at least provide some temporary delay in the impending changes that our country and our individual lives faced, we decided it would be best to spend a day in the high country, rod, reel and dogs in tow.

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One way to finance a war

Letter from John Cassella

Sept. 11 – December 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Editor:

Several times this nation has asked its young citizens to sacrifice their lives. If the WAR ON TERRORISM is the crisis we are told it is, why not ask the richest 2 percent of Americans to sacrifice some of their wealth?

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Looking for answers in a world gone awry

Column by Hal Walter

Sept. 11 events – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

For more than a week before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a lone red-tailed hawk shrieked like a banshee while flying circles in the bright blue fall sky around the small basin where I live. Was it trying to flush out rabbits? Staking out territory? Looking for a lost mate, sibling or parent?

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Retaliation just lowers us to the attackers’ level

Letter from Slim Wolfe

Sept. 11 events – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Colorado Central,

It was a great month to be a flag salesman but a depressing one for anyone preaching the gospel of peace. The people were out with their flags, like so many colored tickets waving in the hands of spectators at a cockfight. There hadn’t been such a display of bloodlust since the last King George sent the boys to Iraq, for some reason they couldn’t seem to get it up for Clinton’s Marche Militaire, though he played it often enough. Even Martha Quillen, who the month before had literally peppered her editorial with large-font quotes about greed and gluttony and violence, was now making asides about “retaliation,” not exactly a virtue in the eyes of the prince of peace to whom so many swear allegiance.

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Vacillation and Isolation

Essay by Martha Quillen & Columbine Quillen

Sept. 11 events – November 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

ED STARTED THE Letter from the Editors this month after rereading Jihad vs. McWorld, a book he picked up years ago on remainder. In Jihad, author Benjamin Barber writes about the new global economy and how it’s fueling a growing clash between religious fundamentalists, tribal cultures and hidebound traditionalists and the corporate culture that gives us fast food, Wal-Marts, pop music, and theme parks.

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