## Letters for Sept.. 17, 2003

Appreciation

For the second year in a row, the community of South Routt is appreciative to Oak Creek Town Board members for donating their salaries of \$460.

The Oak Creek Town Board does not have a budget for donations so members offered their monthly salaries to support the youth baseball and softball programs. The community is aware of how much time the Town Board gives and appreciates this very generous donation.

The donation shows that the Town Board members truly support the youths of South Routt. The Phippsburg Community Club donated \$100 and the town of Yampa also donated \$50. Other donations included the United Way, \$500; the Colorado Bar & Grill donated \$250; and Select Super Market, \$250. The 16 girls' softball players, the 27 T-ball players, the 16 coach-pitch players and the 28 Little League baseball players appreciate the support.

Gina Hange, Janice Willman and Phyllis Watwood

Soroco Softball-Baseball Association

You do the math

At an open house at Steamboat Springs High School, my son's math teacher gave us a problem to work on.

President Bush's most recent request for financing the Iraq military presence is for \$87 billion for next year. American taxpayers confront the prospect that Iraq's needs will compete for years with domestic programs, tax cuts and efforts to rein in the budget deficit. But do we fully realize what the abstract amount of \$87 billion represents? How many years does it take to realize that sum?

Suppose you were able to earn \$5 per second, 24 hours a day:

You would be making \$300 a minute. That would be \$18,000 an hour, which equals \$432,000 a day or \$3,024,000 a week.

At this rate, you would make \$87 Billion in 551 years and nine months.

Is this realistic?

Mike Sullivan

Steamboat Springs