E-mail letters, April 16, 2010

It’s no surprise that many
people don’t feel over-taxed

The Daily Sentinel’s April 15 editorial, “Taxing thoughts,” taxes my patience with its fairness.

The editorial stated that 48 percent of our citizens believe that the taxes they pay are too high. What it failed to mention is that 47 percent pay no income taxes whatsoever; and 40 percent actually receive tax rebates that they never paid.

Why would anyone who pays no taxes believe that their taxes are too high? A more fair and rational statement would be that of those who pay taxes, only 11 percent feel that they are not taxed too much.

Half truths are more dangerous than total falsehoods because they often have the ring of truth.
Hans Croeber

People can’t be counted if
they can’t get Census forms

How can I possible be counted if I haven’t received my census form to fill out and return?

I called the Census office in Grand Junction to see if they would mail one to me and I was told that he didn’t know how to do that.

I went online to Census Web site and called the number listed and did not get an answer.

I’d like to save the government money, but can’t do it if they don’t do their job.
Barbara Markham
Grand Junction

Tax dollars funded facilites
used at tea party rally
As I looked at the picture and article in the April 16 edition of The Daily Sentinel, showing and describing the tea party gathering, I was struck by a number of things.

First, who pays to clean up the park after such an event? Second, who paid for the park in the first place? Anyone in the crowd who is on Medicare, Social Security, disability, unemployment, workers compensation, etc.? Anyone there use roads and streets to arrive at the park?

Hello. It is tax dollars that pay for all this.

Also, I would like to hear the handsome young man dressed as Uncle Sam explain the meaning of his sign. Guess I just do not like child exploitation in any form.

So these people have a mad on. Why don’t they channel their effort into something productive instead of living vicariously through tea parties.
Malcolm M. Wilson
Grand Junction

River-running parents
should be more responsible

I am writing in response to Paul Shockley’s good April 15 article on the near demise of the Broadbent family on the Colorado River. It was only through the grace of God and the intervention of a very good Samaritan(s) that this set of parents did not end up with their babies in Lake Powell.

As a parent to six children and a river runner, I am compelled to point out that the Broadbent’s are denying reality. To take such small children onto the Colorado in a single boat (without backup buddy boats in particular) is not only one of the dumbest things I have heard of recently but constitutes child endangerment of the most blatant kind.

It is hard enough for an adult to self-rescue in that river, but nearly impossible for youngsters and impossible for babies. I am angered that a stranger had to risk his life for these foolish parents. I am further angered that this mother would have the audacity to justify her actions by stating: “That is just what we do … We don’t stop living because we have kids.”

No, one does not stop living because of kids, but people have to put themselves second and learn how to park the kids with grandma until they are old enough to take on these kinds of adventures.

This woman and her husband should be on their knees praying for forgiveness for nearly killing their babies. The father, seemingly as guide and family leader, should also look deep into his own heart and learn to make better decisions. This is one that should haunt him for many years to come as it was a selfish act rather than an action of a protective and concerned parent.
Steven G. Baker

Combat Veterans for Congress
renew hope for this country
Attention concerned Americans. According to recent polls that includes most of you.

Take heed, there’s still hope for our nation.

In spite of the deficit, unemployment, the economy, immigration, etc., there’s justification for confidence and hope for the future.

In case you don’t know, there are real men running for Congress, not the usual political hacks. These are true American heroes, proven patriotic leaders prepared to represent we the people, men who fought to protect our freedom throughout their military careers.

Combat Veterans for Congress was founded in August 2009 to support two fiscally conservative candidates in two different states. Once the PAC was approved by the Federal Election Commission, endorsements increased to 23 congressional candidates representing 16 states. Currently, an additional 21 veterans in 20 new states are also being considered.

We, in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, are fortunate to have one of them standing up to represent us in a manner that John Salazar has failed to do.
Bob McConnell, a retired colonel and Airborne Ranger, has decided to continue to demonstrate his love of country and dedicate his leadership skills to, in Bob’s words, “Tearing Down the Walls of Arrogance” that the Obama administration and Congress have erected to stifle our freedoms and even to deny us a voice in the legislative process.

Has there ever been a more glaring example of ignoring the will of the people than the recent passage of the health care bill?
Right now, Bob is looking forward to the April 23-28 meeting with his fellow veterans in Washington, DC. They will meet with like-minded congressional leaders to discuss plans and strategy for the November election.

There are 26 million veterans like Bob McConnell who have dedicated their lives to protecting our liberties. Isn’t it encouraging that there may be at least 44 candidates in 36 states who will meet the call to save our nation?

You are invited to see for yourself. Visit Bob’s website mcconnellforcongress.com and combatveteransforcongress.org and you will experience a real boost in confidence.
Richard Doran



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