Symphony support appreciated

October 25, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

The Roswell Symphony Orchestra board and staff would like to thank the Roswell community for supporting our recent special fundraising event, The Tex[auth] as Tenors. It was a fantastic evening of superb talent! Proceeds from this event will help the RSO with expenses throughout the year.

A very special “thank you” for the generosity of our sponsors: Jim Matteucci (Majestic Communications), Charles and Vonnie Fischer (Roswell Daily Record), Charles and Jana Shannon (Primm Drug), Matt and Rolla Hinkle (Oscura), Kay and Dale Rogers (Roswell Livestock), Lee Harvard (Harvard Petroleum), Shirley Childress, Sam Pettit, Barry Stone, David Sorenson and Rick Fulton.

Our deep appreciation to: New Mexico Military Institute, Fat Dog Sound and Light, Dallas Pollei, Hampton Inn, Pepsi, Pepper’s Grill and Bar, Cattleman’s Steak House and the Assisteens.

This is a special year for the symphony as we celebrate Maestro John Farrer’s 40th anniversary as music director. A wonderful year of concerts and special events has been planned. For tickets and information, please call the RSO office at 623-5882.

Thank you,

Fawn Alcorn-Pierce

President, Roswell Symphony Orchestra

Politics reach new low

Dear Editor:

Why is President Obama personally to blame for the assassination of the Libyan ambassador in Benghazi as Republicans charge?

All embassies have Marine guards stationed there. In fact, when I was in the Marine Corps, embassy duty was considered a plush assignment.

Although that wasn’t the case in Benghazi or in Teheran when the Iranians took embassy personnel hostage in 1979.

Is the president also personally responsible for the lives of soldiers serving overseas? The Department of Defense is as much a part of the executive branch as is the State Department.

American embassies have been attacked 29 times since 1829 resulting in deaths of both American State Department employees and local employees.

Were presidents sitting in the White House condemned for those attacks and held personally responsible for the lives lost?

The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in the Carter administration from 1978 to 1979, Adolph Dubs, was killed in an exchange of gunfire after a kidnapping attempt by Islamic extremists in Kabul in 1979. I don’t recall the president being held personally responsible for that death.

The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Francis M. Meloy, was kidnapped by a Palestinian separatist group and shot along with U.S. economic counselor Robert O. Waring as both diplomats headed to present their credentials to the new Lebanese president in 1976. I don’t recall President Ford being held personally responsible in that incident.

The U.S. ambassador to Sudan for the Nixon administration, Cleo A. Noel Jr., was killed in 1973 after members of a faction of the PLO, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, specifically called “Black September,” stormed the Saudi embassy in Khartoum during a party for Noel’s outgoing deputy. I don’t recall Nixon being held personally responsible for that.

The U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, John Gordon Mein, was appointed ambassador in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was the first U.S. ambassador to be assassinated while serving in office. Mein was gunned down by Guatemalan rebels in 1968 after leaving a State Department lunch. Was Johnson held personally responsible for his death?

So why all of a sudden is President Obama being blamed for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens. You don’t think that even the assassination of an American ambassador would be turned into a political “gotcha” by an opposing party would you? Has our political system sunk that low?

Indeed it appears it has. Republicans have lowered the bar to a disgusting level of decency.

Given today’s political climate I become less and less inclined to vote with each passing day. Why? I don’t believe the political rhetoric of either side and not being the CEO of a mulit-national corporation or a millionaire I really have no stake in the country anymore. I’m too poor to have a voice. So why should I cast a meaningless vote?

I suppose I’ll show up at the polls and vote the ballot issues and leave the candidate boxes blank.

Noel Sivertson


Information sought

Dear Editor,

The fourth grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources or any information about our great country from each of the 50 states.

We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our class items pertaining to their state.

Our address:

4th Grade @ Aviston Elementary

350 South Hull Street

Aviston, Illinois 62216

A sincere thank you to anyone who is able to contribute! We appreciate the excitement you will add to our learning experience.

Mrs. Niemeyer

Aviston, Ill.

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