Printed letters, August 4, 2011

So AARP is now concerned because Obama and Congress are considering cutting billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare to pay the nation’s bills, according to a recent letter to the editor from AARP council member, Terri Potente. Never mind the fact that no current proposal in Congress to revise Medicare or Social Security would affect anyone over the age of 55.

Where was AARP’s outrage when the Democrats and Obama shoved through Obamacare, which is to be funded in part by diverting 500 billion dollars in supposed “fraud savings” from the Medicare program to fund yet another Democratic welfare-state entitlement program?

Could it be AARP is just another left-leaning, special-interest group that hopes to profit from Obamacare by receiving huge endorsement fees selling insurance to U.S. citizens under the government mandate of Obamacare?

RON GIBBS

Grand Junction

Social Security threatened by the right-wing cabal

I’m surprised that so many people of retirement age are demonstrating for spending cuts. Don’t they understand that the biggest target in this discussion is their Social Security?

That much-maligned fund has a huge surplus at this time because the payroll taxes were raised in the Reagan era. The problem is that the government saw all that money lying around and decided to borrow it. So instead of a fat bank account, the Social Security Trust Fund has a bunch of IOUs from Uncle Sam.

The reason to call these payments “entitlements” is to denigrate the whole concept and eventually make it palatable to steal this money from the folks who paid it in.

If and when they can dupe enough naive elders, the right will nullify all or part of the obligation the government has to them. This will be the biggest pension fund scandal in history and it will be done with permission from the victims. Nice work, right-wing propaganda machine.

PETER FORTE

Palisade

Tubers should be required to wear life vests

Recently, my dad and I took our kayaks for a great float trip through town. At the take-out, we were starting to pack up and leave when a Sheriff’s Department search-and-rescue motorboat was backed into the water right beside us. When I asked if a search and rescue was under way, the driver said no, but that they were so common on hot weekends that they put in as a routine.

Every time I read about a costly rescue or death in the Colorado River through town, it is invariably a drunk, inexperienced tuber with absolutely no way to control his inner tube, and no way to stay warm in the freezing water that was snow a day ago. Despite all these dangers, the tuber doesn’t even wear a life jacket, which could save his life or prevent an expensive rescue.

Unfortunately Colorado law only requires people in a safe and certified water craft to have life jackets. If someone shows up with an unreliable pool toy to float the powerful, freezing waters of the Colorado River, they are not required by law to wear a life jacket.

This dangerous and expensive loophole in the law is in place simply for the benefit of inner-tube rental stores and stores that sell cheap “boats.”

I believe these tubers should be required to have life jackets on at all times to prevent a costly rescue and to protect their lives.

CHRISTIAN RICHARDSON

Grand Junction

Tipton supports his family and absurd budget plan

Scott Tipton has shown marvelous celerity in hooking up family members to taxpayer money via the venerable Washington institution of nepotism.

Tipton insists government does not create jobs. Meanwhile, fellow Republican, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, bemoans the loss of 112,000 NASA jobs.

Tipton continues to romance the dance pole of an absurd Balanced Budget Amendment, and has remained callowly rigid on the “Cut, Cap and Balance” scheme. No compromise.

Citizens searching Tipton for some reservoir of private virtue to make up for a lack of political acumen no longer need bother.

DAVID L. MCWILLIAMS

Grand Junction

Downtown experience is truly exhilarating

Recently, I experienced a wonderful evening in Grand Junction. My family and I visited the Farmers Market. The time was truly exhilarating. The atmosphere was friendly; the scene was joyful.

Congratulations to the visionaries who transformed the downtown area into what it is today. When my family and I moved here in 1968, the change had begun. That is what brought us here. This change has continued all these years and we have a beautiful place to go many times a year to enjoy the various events offered.

Keep up the good work, Grand Junction. Thank you for it all.

HELEN CAPPETTO

Grand Junction



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