Email letters, August 26, 2011

Drivers need to be more respectful

I purchased a motorcycle in early summer, thinking it would be a great way to enjoy life here in the Grand Valley. My 8-year-old daughter loves to ride and she has really enjoyed riding to school the past two days.

I thought the people here were really respectable to motorcycle riders, but was I wrong. For instance, we were almost run over at the road merge at First Street and Orchard Avenue by an elderly man who didn’t look before getting over. We have almost been hit or people riding up on us too many times to recount.

This morning a man in a large truck got upset at me because I was doing the speed limit and slowing down at a red light. I obey the laws, I do the speed limit and I am very respectful to vehicles around me. Can you please do the same for me and my daughter? Can the citizens of Grand Junction please start using better judgment with riders and most importantly their children? Please be cautious of riders before a father or mother or someone’s child gets hurt.

JOSEPH MARTIN
Grand Junction

Evolution question should be a litmus test for candidates

Recently, GOP presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry stated evolution is “just a theory” with gaps and that in Texas they teach creationism   and evolution.

The population of the United States is more than 300 million and includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W. Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.

A politician’s attitude toward evolution is perhaps not directly important in itself, except their attitude is a surprisingly apposite litmus test of more general inadequacy. This is because unlike, say string theory, where scientific opinion is genuinely divided, there is no doubt about evolution. Evolution is fact, and is a stunningly simple but elegant explanation of our very existence and the existence of every living creature on the planet. Thanks to Darwin, we now understand why we are here and why we are the way we are. You cannot be ignorant of evolution and be a cultivated and adequate citizen of today.

Darwin’s idea is arguably the most powerful ever to occur to the human mind. The power of a scientific theory may be measured as a ratio: the number of facts it explains divided by the number of assumptions it needs to postulate in order to do the explaining. A theory that assumes most of what it is trying to explain is a bad theory. That’s why the creationist or ‘intelligent design’ theory is such a rotten theory.

The evolution question deserves a prominent place in the list of questions put to candidates and public debates during the course of the coming election.

E. MICHAEL ERVIN
Grand Junction

Ten Commandments should be allowed

The Daily Sentinel’s article on a Florida county fighting a ban on the display of the Ten Commandments strikes at the heart of what is wrong with those who claim to know more than the population. Once again the ACLU is at work to protect us. The only problem with that most of America does not want their help, I feel.

Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The Ten Commandments and the Bible are our foundation of law and actions dating from them through the Magna Carta to today. Personally, I see nothing wrong with people being shown how to act by Creator God. Right is right no matter who wrote it. How, can that display be is an establishment of religion.  Let’s be real.

The only thing the ACLU wants to do is establish their own religion which is a godless one with man creating the ultimate law, being indoctrinated into theirs. Innocent children are taught a specific belief system which is a state religion, but no God, oh my. We are forced to subsidize exhibits of aborted fetuses or crucifixes in urine, all the while being forced to believe we an insignificant part of nature. They seem to be on a witch-hunt against people who appear to believe in God. They seem to have such a smug self-righteous rage.

They should be thankful they live in this country and not a dictatorial regime or repressive Islamic nation because they would probably be dead or disfigured by this time. I wonder if any had ever read the Bible thru once and seen its unity and cohesiveness from cover to cover.

JIM ZUBACK
Grand Junction

Medical care should be more compassionate

I was raised in a medical family, my father being a doctor and my mother, his nurse. I know how precious a doctor’s time is and I realize the expenses that are incurred by physicians. However, in the last week I have seen one doctor and one nurse practioner. The NP spent more time asking me what my ailments were but was unable to give a diagnosis as to what was going on and suggested that if the problem persisted that I should see a dermatologist. As the problem was continuing to get worse, I phoned a local dermatologist. I was able to receive an appointment within a couple of days, which I thought was great because the waiting time to see most doctors in Grand Junction is outrageous.

I arrived at my appointment on time today to see the specialist. I waited for a hour in the lobby before the next person walked in and the receptionist was nice enough to inform that person that the doctor was running behind due to an emergency procedure, of which I was not informed. So I politely asked if I could step outside for a moment since there appeared to be a wait. When I came back inside, I was escorted to a room. The nurse came in and asked a few questions. The doctor came in, looked at me, did not give me a diagnosis except that he thought it might be bug bites (although no one else in my household is suffering from this but I was not asked about anyone else). He prescribed pretty much the same medications as the NP I saw the week before but they were more expensive. I saw him for maybe all of five minutes. His parting words as he left the room were, “Do you have any pets?” I responded yes that I own a dog. His response, “Maybe you should shoot it.”

As I drove away I began to think about the fact that I just spent $129 for five minutes of his time and his answer to me was more meds and to shoot my dog. I just don’t feel this is right. I have the world’s greatest dog (and we were featured in The Daily Sentinel together earlier this year).

I am just wondering what is going on with the doctors of today. My father would have been livid if he was still alive and heard my story. All I wanted was a viable answer to my problems with a solution that didn’t involve drugs that would “knock me out.”

BARBARA GALLOWAY
Grand Junction

Dems draw attention to Tea Party

When the Tea Party came on scene, I like many others was amused and looked at them as a small but loud minority who were against taxes and big government. However after listening to the Democrats come out with what is obviously an organized attack, calling them racists, bigots, a bunch of angry white people, etc. and of course now Maxine Waters telling them all to go to hell, I wondered why all the bile and vicious attacks. I started listening to the Tea Party message, started paying attention to people they endorse, and now no longer look at them with skepticism but in fact at least think their intent is honorable and patriotic. Thanks Democrats, I would never have done that without you.

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

Raise fees from parents for education

A long time ago I made an educated decision not to have children, in part due to the high costs and responsibility it required to provide them with a decent education and more than just basic needs. I feel blessed that I worked hard and saved and am able to own property and live within my means in retirement.

However, now the state wants to raise taxes on my personal income and on my purchases (Prop 103) and Mesa County wants to add a significant tax to my property, all under the guise of boosting funding for various expenses in education. I agree good teachers aren’t paid what they deserve, but I suggest governments look at other cost-cutting and fundraising options first that impact those concerned: a fee for school transportation, mandatory parental assistance in the schools, a specific tax per student, thin out the administration, sell advertising on school property, provide certain classes online and/or change to a 4 day school week, to name a few.

Additionally, where is the financial responsibility of parents who are renters and have children in the school system? If you insist on raising my state and county taxes at least let me decide on which items they will be spent. For all those who say I should pay my fair share whether I have children or not; I feel I am paying my fair share and have done so all of my working life. Don’t punish me for a downturn in the economy based on poor governing practices and organizations not saving during the “fat” years.

KELLY JOHNSON
Grand Junction



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