E-mail letters, Feb. 23, 2011

Budget cuts hurt host home providers

My husband and I are care providers for an amazing person who is developmentally disabled. Along with many other people in the community, we are a host home and we care a lot about what we do.

The state has recently decided to cut all host home pay by 25 percent or more, only giving a 30-day notice, which has made it hard for a lot of the host homes to take care of these amazing, special people.

We would just like the community to know what the state has decided to do, to balance their budget. By cutting host home providers pay, they have made it difficult to almost impossible for some providers to keep caring for the people they have come to appreciate and consider part of their families. These people have an amazing outlook on life and help us to appreciate it.

By cutting their host homes pay they are taking away the ability to care for them the way they should be cared for, and to provide the opportunities they want and need just like everyone else.

Grand Junction

Pirates should receive good, old-fashioned punishment

The recent news would have been different, back in the “good old days”-before political correctness, Miranda rights for terrorists and befriending enemies.

It wouldn’t just be about the senseless murders of four law abiding American citizens; it would also report that “20 some” Somali pirates were killed in a “counter-attack” retaliation after a rocket propelled grenade was fired at our U.S. naval destroyer.

Instead, the 15 to 19 (reports vary) “captured assassins” will be read their Miranda rights, transported to the good old USA, assigned lawyers and given “fair trials,” all at “taxpayer’s expense.” Four pirates met death, relieving us of additional cost.

To add to this reprehensible act, a pirate spokesman, Muse Abdi, advised that killing hostages “has now become part of our rules.”

Recently, a trial ended with a prison sentence for a Muslim pirate captured in an attack on the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama back in April 2009 — how’s that for swift justice under our “pamper the pirates plan?”

Will these newly “captured assassins” be comfortably housed and well fed for at least twelve months at one of our five star detention facilities? Sure beats eating pirate grub on a grungy sailing

This slaughter wouldn’t have taken place back in the “good old days.” When the very “first” pirate hijacking occurred, we would have gone to Somalia and “blown all of them off the high seas!” Now, instead, we retaliate with words from our “stalwart” Secretary of State, Hillary-words that include “deplorable act” and “need for the international community to act more decisively together.” To this PC drivel, I say duh?

What has happened to the nation that was once the leader in protecting it’s citizens and the world against flagrant, unwarranted aggression?

God bless America.


Head Start deserves federal budget monies

On Jan. 26, Rocky Mountain SER staff participated in a Head Start advocacy day in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill, in an effort to build awareness for Head Start programs in Colorado. We had terrific stories to tell about children and families in Colorado, and the importance of the federal budget investments for Head Start that have allowed us to achieve, and continue to achieve, great successes in our communities.

Head Start is a truly wise investment; for every $1 invested in Head Start, our nation receives $7 back in increased earnings, employment and family stability, and decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education.

We met with Sens. Udall and Bennet and Congressional Reps. Polis, DeGette, Perlmutter, Coffman, Gardner, Tipton and Lamborn to discuss the countless positive impacts that Head Start programs have had on children and families in the Denver/Boulder Metropolitan areas and across Colorado. Rocky Mountain SER serves over 2,270 Head Start children and families in over 18 communities throughout Colorado. 

We are grateful that we had the opportunity to share such important information with Colorado’s Congressional Delegation, and they all welcomed our visits and are working to maintain funding for Head Start’s critical services that protect and assist Colorado’s most vulnerable children and families.

Director, Head Start
Rocky Mountain SER

Drones should eliminate pirates

Why are these Somali pirate ships tolerated and allowed to attack ships off their coast? It is ludicrous for this or any other nation to permit third world bandits to terrorize shipping in that critical area.   
With the surveillance assets at hand, those vessels are certainly being observed. All it would take is the disappearance of every pirate ship that left port and within a few weeks those would-be attackers still on shore would stay there. This is not rocket science, but a drone-launched rocket would certainly be called on to do the job. Either we stop this nonsense now or it will simply continue to grow like the cancer it is. 
Grand Junction




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