E-mail letters, April 22, 2011

Wagner and Ryan wrong
on proposed budget remedy

Rick Wagner is an ideological partisan whose rants merit only one response from knowledgeable people — unambiguous rejection.

Under Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan, the poorest Americans would suffer immediate, explicit budget cuts, middle-class Americans would face distant, uncertain reductions in benefits and the richest Americans would enjoy an immediate windfall.

That is why a huge majority of the citizenry supports increased taxes for the super-wealthy.

If Wagner thinks a socialistic system for the very wealthy that rewards Wall Street speculators for “success” while asking the public to pay for their “failure” is equitable, he is sadly mistaken.

Another pertinent question cries out for an answer. When did the epiphany on the budget deficit occur? It was apparently no problem for either party when two wars were waged causing enormous debt — all without any call for Americans to sacrifice to pay for them with a tax increase.
Dale C. Stapleton
Grand Junction

Tipton is main-line GOP
not a tea party politician

Ruth Ehlers recent “Letter” about Rep. Scott Tipton is self-serving. She has no problem with Tipton’s voting record since she is the chairwoman for the Mesa County Republican Party, past president of the Mesa County Republican Women and a past member and founder of the board of Western Slope Conservative Alliance (supporters of Tipton during the primary and election).

She attempts to portray Tipton as a “pragmatic conservative” when, in fact, he is voting for the Republican Party line. His votes for the Patriot Act extension and his interest in submitting
legislation that will do away with presumption of innocence in the form of Katie’s Law (taking of DNA without a court order) show that.
While Bill Grant was wrong in his characterization of the tea party movement and his lack of knowledge on what the America economy needs, he was misinformed about Tipton. Scott Tipton hasn’t even earned a C in his voting record where this tea party is concerned. Tipton has not shown any mettle in his votes, such as totally defunding Obamacare, slashing our budget by the promised $100 billion, securing our borders and/or enforcement of immigration laws.

Until Tipton starts voting like a tea party candidate, he will remain a main-line Republican. Big difference! It may not matter to Ruth Ehlers, but it matters to the tea parties.

Progressivism is a social disease: Once you are exposed to it there is danger you can never recover from it. Our schools must stop teaching the socialist agenda and start teaching history as it was lived by our founders, not in the minds of socialists. History cannot be undone, only mistaught. History is only as accurate as the people that present it. It must be taught by only those who are honest, and that includes the Republican Party.
Tim Fenwick
President of the Board
gjresult Tea Party
Grand Junction

Mesa State needs name change
to continue as economic engine

I support the name change for Mesa State College because of the economic benefits that are
associated with the name change. Mesa State is one of the top regional employers in Western Colorado. With more than 1,500 employees and a payroll exceeding $31 million, this school is, to say the least, an important asset to Western Colorado. Mesa State added more than $317 million to the regional economy during the last school year. In 2009, it grew by 23 percent and was considered one of the fastest-growing Colorado schools. Last year it was listed in Forbes Top 600 Colleges in America.

Our fine institution stands on the brink: In order to continue this growth, we need to change the name in order to attract more students from more areas. Right now, the majority of students at Mesa (88 percent) come from Colorado and, while these numbers should continue, we need to get more
out-of-state students to come here as well. We need to be competitive and how can we be when people assume “Mesa” is in reference to Mesa, Ariz?

I want to continue seeing Mesa grow and a name change will help us accomplish this task. As a proud alumnus of Mesa Junior College, I would like to continue to see this school grow and I believe these changes will allow the college achieve the that growth.
Robert Bray
Grand Junction

Only one party trying
to halt fiscal collision

When you take politics out of the equation, there is a consensus that we are on a collision course with national financial disaster.

When you put politics back into the equation, only one party is trying to do something about it !
Bob Strong







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