E-mail letters, Jan. 27, 2011

Cutting school breakfast funds
was unreasonable and callous

In one of the most inexplicable votes this early in the legislative session, the Joint Budget Committee   failed to spend an additional $124,00 or 30 cents a day to feed the less-fortunate children among us an early breakfast before school through the end of this school year. There is talk of not funding the program at all next year.

It is perhaps one of the most callous and short-sighted budget cuts they could make. I fully understand the Legislature’s need to suspend the Senior Homestead Exemption on my property tax. I don’t like it; it puts a real strain on our budget, but with the state of the economy it is understandable.

Failure to fund so little for something that accomplishes so much is not.

Kudos to District 51 for funding the balance of this school year and for the assistance of Nutrition Director Dan Sharp and the school district for establishing the D51 Start Smart Breakfast Fund, where we can donate funds to ensure this program is ongoing in the years to come.

Please send your donation to 2115 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.
Gay Hammer
Grand Junction


Consumption tax could
pay for health care

Health care costs are ruining the country and we’d benefit in paying a small consumption tax on everything but food, housing, utilities, to pay for health care. The money would go to the IRS, it would apply it to our health insurance companies per patient. This would decrease the load on Medicare and Medicaid and would stop killing hospitals — as long as it applies to citizens

Companies complain they can’t afford taxes and health insurance of $7,000 per person. This would lower their operating and product costs.

U.S. company products are not competitive globally because of having to provide health care, so they go overseas and pay less or no tax to the treasury. We need those taxes and jobs. Might they come back if the cost of doing business is less?

Unemployed with no insurance?  Uninsured and have a chronic illness? Sick children? One spouse becomes disabled and you can’t manage on a part time job? All of this would taken care of with a consumption tax that is paying your health insurance.

Republicans want businesses to provide health insurance and scrap the health care bill.  Do they believe 100 percent of those working are insured? Most small business do not cover employees.  With all these situations, it’s easy to believe only 50 percent of workers are insured. If a family has assets, a chronic illness costs so much that even with buying your own insurance it’s a hardship.

Global companies’ governments provide insurance. Their citizens pay a Value Added Tax for health care.  A consumption tax could work here.  The health department could do guidelines and oversight but we don’t need extra offices — the IRS could do the job.

It’s time to have a nation-wide flat tax too, of 8 percent - no caps or exceptions. This is more fair.
Moira Collier
Montrose


Bachmann appears to be
from another planet

The most entertaining (and disturbing) political speech lately is the tea party response to President Obama’s State Of The Union address, given by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

Bachmann’s disjointed response was delivered with such a surreal, unworldly gaze it makes one wonder whether she is really from the same time dimension as the rest of us.

After consulting an astrophysicist friend, we have concluded there is a good chance Rep. Bachmann is not actually of this Earth, but from somewhere far out in the cosmos — most likely the planet Mongo (of Flash Gordon comic strip fame).

As part of the current national budget discussions, it might be wise to allocate supplemental funds to NASA for the construction of a “Star Trek” inspired transporter so that Bachmann can be beamed back to her home planet, where she can represent the good citizens of Mingo City (Mongo’s capitol) in the administration of Ming the Merciless, the tea party’s first interplanetary dictator.
E. Michael Ervin
Grand Junction



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