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An allusion to a brave Coloradan

By Debra Dobbins

Those who have read Aron Ralston’s book or heard of the movie, “127 Hours,” will understand the allusion that this editorial cartoon makes. The cartoon is by Jerry Holbert of the Boston Herald.

In 2003 Ralston was hiking alone in Blue John Canyon near Moab, Utah. Suddenly a boulder pinned him against one of the canyon’s walls. He freed himself by cutting off his right forearm with a dull knife.

After his self-amputation Ralston found the courage and stamina to hike to safety (even rappelling a 60-foot cliff at one point). Ralston, a Colorado citizen, wrote about his ordeal in Between a Rock and Hard Place.

His book is now the basis of the movie “127 Hours,” starring James Franco.

Holbert’s cartoon combines the allusion to Ralston’s book with the saying, “It’ll cost you an arm and a leg.” Holbert’s point? U.S. citizens will have to endure no small amount of pain to bring down the national deficit, which is fast approaching $14 trillion.
 

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