Saturday, January 4, 2003
No groups allowed
The "wrong way to go" is for the school district to allow groups such as Winter Sports Club to have access to students during lunch period at school, but not a local religious organization. A key point of separating church and state is to prevent the government from favoring "good" over "bad" religions or denying a religious group the same privileges given to other groups. Separation of church and state does not mean separation of religious people from government.
Though, I agree that children at Steamboat Springs Middle School should not be interacting with adults representing religious groups because they should not be interacting with adults representing any groups. Giving groups regular access on school grounds to children is wrong because the location gives the impression of official approval. I would not want my daughter in a few years when she is at the middle school to be meeting with adult members of sports clubs, political parties, religious groups or any other group.
I sent the following letter to The Denver Post:
Steamboat Today is to be congratulated for its reporting of this accident and Jason for his instrumental efforts.
In the article "Survivors Grateful To Be Alive," the reporter says the first rescuer on the scene was on snowshoes after being lowered by helicopter. The fact is Jason Cobb, manager of Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, was first on the scene as correctly related in the Steamboat Today account headlined "Snowmobiler critical to rescue."
That article says, "Jeanne Power, a paramedic with the Steamboat Springs Fire Department, said Cobb's efforts were critical to the rescue effort. Power was one of three rescue workers flown to the crash site by helicopter after Cobb reached it."
"We would have never found the plane once it started snowing (without Cobb's help)," Power said. "It was a miracle he found it to begin with, and then getting (the passengers) out of there ... It was really miraculous." Jeanne was one of the people referred to in the Post article.
The Denver Post readily publishes anti-snowmobile articles, a balanced paper would also report the good done by snowmobilers.
Long security lines in airports across the nation. Small airplane bags of cheap peanuts or pretzels. The long drive from Denver to Steamboat. The crammed airplane seats.
These are just some of the obstacles visitors face trying to get to this popular winter vacation spot, Steamboat Springs. But all the obstacles are worth it once you drive down Main Street and begin your vacation.
On behalf of all of this year's visitors, my family and I would like to thank the city of Steamboat for giving us such a great Christmas vacation. I realize how hard it is for such a small town to handle these crowds that flock in during the holiday season. We waited our share of time in many of the lines -- from lift lines to waiting for a table at a local restaurant. However, the waiting allowed us to absorb the true flavor of the town.
Coming from South Florida, we visit Steamboat about once a year. We are always greeted by friendly people wherever we go.
This trip we dined at the famous Tugboat, Old Town Pub, etc. And of course we didn't miss the delicious Lyon's Soda Fountain.
From waking up Christmas morning to snow falling down to snowmobiling Rabbit Ears Pass, our family never had a dull moment.
Thank you again, Steamboat, for making your city the ideal vacation spot for all our friends and family.
Fort Myers, Fla.