Printed letters, Dec. 25, 2009

Fichtner’s idea bucks bureacratic waste

Thank You Nancy Fichtner! Congratulations for coming up with an idea and policy that should have been implemented from Day One of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 89 years ago.

It is mind boggling to think of the millions, no billions, of dollars literally thrown away by this government behemoth. And that is chicken feed compared to the theft, fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid. Those who hold up these staples of our government welfare state sure can be proud!

Would someone please explain to me and the millions of ripped-off taxpayers how throwing away good, but unused portions of all kinds of medications is right, proper, justifiable and efficient? And now we are teetering on the precipice of turning over what’s left of our health care freedoms, choices and cutting-edge treatments to an obtuse government that couldn’t even see, let alone implement, Nancy’s simple idea.

I can’t help but think of all those wasted dollars that could have gone to treating our beloved and deserving veterans. They and their families should be outraged. We owe them so much more.

I know Nancy is a good and dedicated associate of the VA, sadly laboring for a blind, self-perpetuating, indifferent, inefficient bureaucracy. What on Earth happened to our common sense?  Part of the answer is just our American human nature. We think, “It’s not my money that’s being stolen, wasted, misspent or misappropriated. Why should I muddy the waters and make my bosses unhappy?”

Obama-Reid-Pelosi care solves none of the problems. All it does is make our Constitution not worth the paper it’s written on.

MARK BROWN

Employees give party money to help homeless

There are no Grinches in the Grand Valley! How do I know? Last Friday, North Avenue Wal-Mart employees voted to give up their holiday party and decided instead to give the money they would have spent on it to the Home Now program.

Nearly $1,400 was donated to assist eligible families with the costs of getting into safe, stable, affordable housing this winter. The Home Now program links landlords who have vacant rentals and homeless families with children, and has found housing for 15 families to date, with an additional 33 in process.

The collaboration consists of health and human service agencies, private landlords, Mesa County Department of Human Services, property managers, law enforcement, the school district, the faith community, the media and others — more than 40 groups in all. They work together to achieve a common goal: housing homeless families with children.

To my knowledge, this effort is unique to Mesa County and is another great testament to the strength of our community and our willingness to take care of each other in tough times.

Because of the generosity of Wal-Mart employees, fewer families will be living in their cars, in motels or doubled up with other families. Safely housed, these children and youth can now concentrate on school, instead of worrying about where they will sleep tonight. I think that can only lead to better success in the classroom and greater self-sufficiency in the long run.

On behalf of the entire Home Now collaborative, thank you, North Avenue Wal-Mart employees!

JULIE HINKSON

 

 

Global temperature can’t be accurately tracked

We’re told that rising average global temperature can cause a disaster in the future. But it’s impossible to establish an average temperature at any given time because it’s constantly changing.

The scientific claim that warmer climate breaks the icebergs loose has no bearing because there’s no average temperature in the vast Arctic to relate with.

It’s impossible to make an accurate count of how many icebergs are out there now or in the future, so the photos of icebergs breaking away is irrelevant to future ones breaking away.

Conclusion: With no scientific facts to work with, only suppositions and baseless predictions, there is no reason for panic.

RICHARD L. STOVER



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