E-mail letters, Feb. 7, 2011

Palin’s Denver appearance
was to help military families

Regarding the cancellation of Sarah. Palin’s scheduled appearance this Mayin support of “Patriots and Warriors Gala” in Denver:

So much for “Free Speech” and the “Right to Assemble.”

I am not a rabid fan of Mrs. Palin, but I am a fan of our Constitution. This was not a political event, but an effort to help a very worthy cause! How can anyone be offended by a group effort to raise funds for “...at-risk youth and survivors of military families” who have lost loved ones?

I wonder what the heroes who have made the “ultimate sacrifice” and provided these progressives and leftists with their constitutional rights would think about these individuals’ truly pathetic behavior.

Maybe their “deities”; i.e., Bill Ayers, Michael Moore, Ariana Huffington, and those of their “ilk”, should consider offering to write a check assisting the families of these heroic men and women who have sacrificed everything for these “offended” people’s right to exhibit such reprehensible behavior.
Thomas Ashworth
Rifle


Medicare for all is
answer on health care

Dr. Michael Pramenko recently lamented that only three courses were possible to save Medicare: raising taxes, cutting benefits or duplicating efficiencies of our own renowned local system. I say a fourth course, Medicare for All, is the only way for the U.S. to salvage Medicare and resolve our myriad health care problems.

Recent legislations mostly kowtowed to the for-profit insurance and pharmaceutical industries and their 25 percent waste of U.S. health care dollars for their own financial self-interests. Much of the rest of the recent federal legislation’s 1,800 pages of gobbly-gook aren’t worth more than lining bird cages.

Medicare for All would get the for-profit insurance companies out of basic health care. Employers, employees, self-employed and even unemployed individuals could then put their dollars and health conditions into a giant American pool. No more discriminations, inconsistencies and voluminous different paperwork and administrations for everyone. Individuals would have basic health care covered regardless of where they work or reside. States could transfer some of their crushing Medicaid liabilities to the Medicare pool.

Medicare isn’t socialism. Health care providers operate their own enterprises with prices, methods and services they see fit. They just know what to expect and are guaranteed payments for basic care.  Medicare contracting, as with our own local non-profit system, would save Medicare huge sums, ensure appropriate care and give localized service. Providers would be very unlikely to engage in Medicare fraud if corrupt practices cost them their entire patient base from losing their Medicare authorization

If we don’t implement Medicare for All soon, there is almost no likelihood that we can actually curtail thousands of more bankruptcies and deaths, industry manipulations or bureaucratic nightmares. We can no longer prop up the failure of decades of for-profit insurance dictated basic health care. Republican politicians’ solutions to be able to buy insurance policies across states’ lines and tort reform are akin to delivering a box of band-aids to a head-on auto accident scene.
Joel Prudhomme
Grand Junction


Waiters, waitresses
are due fair tips

College students need jobs that have flexible, short hours. As a student, my job as a waitress is rewarding and I make a decent living. However, at least once a shift, I serve customers who are rude, condescending and fail to tip properly. Many times they act as if I do not deserve a tip. I understand that gratuity is a way to show thanks for quality service, but I also know that I rarely give service that is so below par that I am undeserving of an appropriate tip.

One of the biggest problems is that many people have never waited tables and have never put their feet in their server’s shoes.  Servers in Colorado are paid $4.26 an hour—three dollars under the minimum wage. Waiters and waitresses rely on tips from costumers to bring their hourly wage up to minimum wage.

If you do not have enough money to tip your waitress 20 percent, then you do not have enough money to go out to eat. If your waitress gives poor service by all means, let her know that; by giving a reduced tip. Please keep in mind that unless she was down right rude to you, she probably made an honest mistake.  And unless you have never made an honest mistake, give your waitress a break.
Catie Wezensky
Grand Junction


Dispute over school breakfasts
highlights culture of dependency

First let me commend those blessed people who spend their own time and money helping those less fortunate than themselves. However, the feigned outrage of liberals over the increase in the cost of school-provided breakfasts for some of our poorer children appears to me completely unjustified. These opinions are based on emotional jabberwocky, not logic.

With all of the support from government programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance, the WIC program, S-Chip and the plethora of other food assistance programs, both public and private, it is most unlikely that any child would go without breakfast for the lack of 30 cents.

No one has bothered to mention that parents, not government, are still responsible for the care and sustenance of their children. If parents can’t rearrange their spending priorities to provide an additional 30 cents a day to feed their child, the fault is lack of personal responsibility on the part of the parents, encouraged by the liberal/progressive government dependency attitude foisted upon them.

We all want to help those who are truly in dire need, but no nation can survive if the natural motivation of their people to care for themselves and their families is erased by socialism, forcing them into a continual state of government dependency.
We should carefully consider the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin: “I think that the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them or driving them out of it.”
Since the leitmotif of progressivism is dependency, perhaps universal acceptance of this attitude is unstoppable, as our government sets a terrible example with its unconstitutional, collectivist policies that are driving us all into poverty, as aptly demonstrated by our ever expanding $14 trillion national debt. If this is so, the Republic is lost.
Hans Croeber
Montrose


Renewables can compete
in truly free market

The renewable energy industry receives utility, local, state, and federal money to incentivize its customers, but it cannot compete with the windfall those same agencies roll out to fossil fuels.

The industry that wields the big stick in our Congress is plain to see. More bills are presented every year that support or re-support our fossil-fuel industry than any other, and Congress continues to believe the propaganda and grant the industry’s wishes.

To those who call out for elimination of all energy subsidies, I say “Bring it on!” When you truly find out how and where all of our energy comes from and how much it really costs to get it here, you will be surprised.

Do you think CFMI can supply all the diesel and gas we need in the valley? It will cost twice as much to bring it in by rail or truck without subsidies.

Do you think it’s cheaper to burn coal or gas to make power at a plant hundreds of miles away? The levelized cost of electricity from a solar PV system can be 7 cents per klillowatt hour or less when projected out over the reasonable system lifetime. You’re
already paying 10 cents or more for your electricity and it’s bound to go up, especially without subsidy, while suckling from the utility.

Like it or not, laws will be enacted to further reduce greenhouse gases that will increase costs for fossil fuel powered energy production even more.

To say that no one supporting renewables is calling for elimination of subsidies is ignorant. But ignorance is the basis that every argument against renewables is designed from. I agree, let’s let the market decide. I’ll make my power at home. You pay to get yours from an ever-more-leveraged supplier.
Anthony Huff
Palisade


Half of Feb. 6 Commentary section
contained thoughtful columns

I found the Feb. 6 Commentary pages to be interesting — interesting in that Page 6B had thoughtful columns on energy and Egypt, along with some thoughtful letters to the editor. The letters were on road projects, BLM wild lands, academic work and a question on civility.

Then I read Page 7B. What a remarkable difference, but for Deroy Murdock’s comments regarding President Reagan’s legacy. And, for full disclosure to the left, I am a fan of President Reagan.
That aside, Mary Louise Giblin Henderson’s column about the rubber chicken and former Vice President Spiro Agnew was a little amusing — a little.  Then there was the column by the ex-executive editor of The Daily Sentinel, Denny Herzog.

Last Sunday, we read Herzog’s column about Scott Tipton being the same old “business as usual” Republican because he voted for repeal of the health care bill. Before that, weather because: “It’s what we do on slow news days.” Wow!  I guess he’s been isolated out in the weather someplace and totally missed the ruckus in Egypt and other national and local issues that could use some thoughtful comment.  We still miss Gary Harmon. Love him or hate him, he was amusing and topical.
Creighton Bricker
Grand Junction



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