E-mail letters, Jan. 6, 2011

GOP majority shows true colors

Just when I thought I had seen the depths of hypocrisy to which supposedly principled politicians may stoop, I am stunned to see the new GOP majority in the House — who have already backpedaled on their campaign promise to slash $100 billion in spending during this fiscal year — attempt to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that such action would increase the deficit by up to quarter-trillion dollars (not to mention leaving millions of citizens uninsured).

I have heard John Boehner and his ilk trumpet the statistic that 54 percent of the country is opposed to the act, but they conveniently neglect to mention that number includes 17 percent of the population who consider the act “not liberal enough.” Meaning that the GOP has set as their first legislative aim the repeal of a bill that 56 percent of Americans either like or would prefer to be even more robust.

Shame on the Republicans for cowering in the pocket of the insurance company. It is time they put the needs of real Americans ahead of the corporations that would refuse health care to a sick child in service of their profits.

ARN MCCONNELL
Grand Junction

Veterans should not miss out on Honor Flight

I was selected to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to encourage all WW II Veterans to consider this trip.

All expenses are paid and the care is wonderful. Even if you are disabled you should check into going. We had at least four or five disabled on the last trip. It may be your last chance to go, so apply.

NORM SHETLEY
Delta

By taking several days to recover from the event that took place Jan. 3 at Moffat County Courthouse, I’ve regained a sense of objectivity. Consequently, this is “points to ponder” rather than an “opinion piece” — my opinion, however, will not change.



A vacancy committee composed of five Republican county chairmen and two party leaders selected the wife to replace her husband who had vacated the Colorado District 8 Senate seat. The procedure was by the book — a tribute to the meeting chairman and rules committee. All six applicants made presentations, engaged in questions-and-answer sessions and made closing statements. Balloting then took place, continuing until a four-vote majority determined the winner.

Presumably, this procedure allows committee members to evaluate applicants at the meeting then decide and vote accordingly. 



Points to ponder: Do committee members actually attend the meeting uncommitted? Does the procedure allow for any expression of the will of the people? Does the committee really consider input from the voters, rather than the establishment?

November election results, especially the Tea Party influence, proved that “we the people” are fed up with politics as usual.

Here’s a final point to ponder: One of these applicants received more votes in this Colorado Senate District 8 than his opponent in the Republican Congressional District 3 Primary back in August. This person received only one vote in the first balloting and none thereafter. If selection were left up to the people, would this result have been the same?

Should I be more griped at the same ole, same ole party politics as usual"or at myself for even thinking that the selection process would produce the most legitimate, qualified, capable replacement?

Is it, once again — or maybe still — the choice of the party, not the people? God bless America.

RICHARD DORAN
Parachute

Governor using cabinet positions to further his goals

New flash to Rick Wagner, Governor-elect Hickenlooper is a Democrat and his administration is a Democratic administration. There is a difference.
The Department of Labor and Employment is about actual people and their fair treatment. It is not about businesses and how to put employees in straightjackets, pay them as little as possible and treat them like chattel. Who better for the job than somebody whose life has been involved with people and the fair treatment of them? Duh!
The governor’s Energy Office can be what the governor wants it to be. The next governor is interested in promoting all kinds of energy with a particular emphasis on renewable and permanent energy sources. He should put the usual oil and gas industry stooge in the job? Sounds like Hick is interested in trying to further the work of Gov. Ritter in making Colorado an energy state with an emphasis on getting in on the ground floor of the inevitable development of new energy sources. That means jobs and a potential higher standard of living.

Did Wagner miss the fact that means more business and profit for those businesses?
What world does Wagner live in? Or did he just run out of ideas nearing deadline and fall back on his usual slavish partisan nonsense?
JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction

‘Invocation’ implies higher power

The term “invocation” is questionable as used by Amy Hamilton in her article about an atheist’s verbal offering at the beginning of a recent Grand Junction City Council meeting.

The word “invocation” connotes an appeal or summons to a higher power. The highest power to an atheist is ego, which is eminently obvious and perpetually present. No particular entreaty is required.

ALAN METCALFE
Delta

Reporter used strong language well

Rachael Sauer has been a breath of fresh air in The Daily Sentinel. She is one of few writers who is able to capture the depth and actual essence of a topic. Letter writer Kimberly Cannedy certainly misses that talent as she objected to Rachael’s article on the recovering drug addict in the Jan. 2 issue.

Rachael simply and effectively grabbed attention to the awful hackles drugs lock on the lives of their users. Rachael really used no objective language in doing so. She simply described the horror of addiction in street language without being graphic or gross, as she used those words painting a true picture of that condition.

Cannady’s youngsters, as they grow older, unless she maintains an iron grasp on their every thought and move, they will be exposed to the good and the bad, one experiences in life. Over protection is as harmful as no protection in many cases.

Kudos to Publisher Jay Seaton for daring to allow truth in such writing. Now, would he please do the same by finding others to write columns in place of Josh Penry who simply bashes Democrats, nothing new there, and Rick Wagner, who pontificates on matters he really doesn’t research well. There are plenty of other conservatives who do believe in careful research and truth regardless of party.

VERA MULDER
Fruita

 



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