E-mail letters, March 31, 2010

What county services are
overused in Fruitvale?

I have just returned from out of the country and I see the naughty children of Fruitvale and Clifton did not obey Mama Rowland and voted against annexation. My My, what are we going to do with you?

I read that the commissioners will have to scale back some services because of this. My wife and I were wondering what kind of services would be scaled back.
The sheriff said he would continue, as always, to do a fine job in our area, so no worry there.

Commissioner Janet Rowland indicated that our area used more than our share of ervices. But as a over indulged consumer of services, I am not quite sure what I am using too much of. I pay for my own trash collection. I pay the city of Grand Junction for sewer. I pay Clifton for my water and another company for my irrigation water. I pay the electric company for my streetlights. Clifton provides my fire protection. I pay another district for mosquito control. Long Park is a expense but with all the organized groups using it and shelter reservations, the fees should almost cover the park expensive. So what, pray tell, am I using to much of that the county provides?

Seems to me that I pay someone other than the county for everything I use. Maybe the street sweeper I see maybe twice a year on E 1/2 road will stop.

Oh, by the way, as a matter of record, even if you had been annexed by the city and wanted sidewalks, you would have had to pay for them yourself and pay to maintain them. The city does not provide sidewalks in residential neighborhoods.
Richard Gerhardt
Fruitvale

Will health care enforcement
equal that of marijuana laws?

Do we get to pick and choose which laws to obey? Apparently we do.

Let me get this straight. If I choose to ignore a valid law long enough and, over time, police agree it’s impossible to enforce anyway, then it can go away. This seems to be what has happened with pot in Colorado and may soon happen in California.

Under this same theory, how long do you suppose small businesses will have to ignore a stupid, costly, law like health care reform before that one goes away?
Al Carley
Grand Junction


Take time to read, teach
the U.S. Constitution

“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing ... than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” — George Washington, 1796.

After reading this quote recently, I realized that the house can stay dirty, the laundry can stay in the hamper, my boys can skip their chores. We will be spending this day reading the Constitution and remembering why we are proud to be Americans.

Please take the time to read the Constitution of the United States of America. May God bless you and God bless America.
Stacia Womack
Loma

 

Health care debate was
never about health care

Now that health care reform has passed, it is clear that the debate is and has been, to put it lightly, horse-hockey. There was never really much debate about the content of the bill outside the Capitol, and even on the Hill, the debate was largely within the Democratic Party. Something’s wrong here, but it’s not that we’re getting government crammed down our throats. It’s that we’re getting deceptive sound bytes stuffed in our ears.

If you look closely, you can find a few of the provisions of the bill in popular media, and The Daily Sentinel has been helpful to that end. But it is unfair, deceptive and childish to reject the idea of reform because we’ve been told we don’t understand it. And it’s even worse to just choose not to understand it. Every American — Democratic, Republican or independent — who would argue about the law should understand what it states, and furthermore should understand the conditions which made it necessary.

Being limited in format and space, I can only recommend that everyone with a voice should listen and read sources in multiple media (particularly government records), and then only critically. Be objective, and stay informed. You can start by Googling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Look for links to the text itself — it’s not hard to find.

If America needs anything “crammed down its throat,” it needs facts and a healthy dose of reality. This reform, it turns out, will allow America to continue to have the most capitalistic health care sector in the industrialized world. In fact, it will be the only one which allows private health insurance to remain for-profit. The provisions of the bill will in fact help provide a safety net against another debt implosion, as bankruptcies, defaults and foreclosures as a result of medical bills (medical bills being a leading cause of foreclosures in America) will be, well, history once those provisions kick in.

This and other facts anyone can discover upon broadening one’s base of informative media.
Thomas Nelson
Grand Junction


Soul cannot begin until
a person draws a breath

The Bible tells us that man has no soul until he draws his first breath. So the recent claim by unbelievers that the soul begins in the womb, where a baby (fetus) can’t breathe, mocks the words in the Bible.

Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Job 33:4, “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”

Ezekiel 37:6, “And I will lay sinews upon ye, and will cause flesh to come upon ye, and bring up flesh upon ye and cover ye with skin, and put breath in ye, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.”

Richard L Stover
Grand Junction


Salazar is a hypocrite
on ‘pay-go’ legislation
I received in the mail recently a very colorful newsletter from Rep. John Salazar, touting his wonderful support and vote on “pay-go.”  I had to laugh, as if indeed he was serious about supporting this bill, then how in the world could he have voted for this abhorrent health care bill that does not in any way, shape or form pay as it goes?

Salazar is a hypocrite and a liar. I just wonder if he intends to put on his boots and cowboy hat during the Easter break and finally face his constituents on the Western Slope that he
has pretty much thumbed his nose at in the past?

It is so unbelievable to me that one man can be so blinded by his aspirations for power. Salazar is going to be unemployed in November and I furiously hope that all the citizens of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District do their homework and think long and hard about who they want to replace Salazar in November.

In my humble opinion, it should Bob McConnell. If you have not heard of him yet, I urge you to Google his name and go to his Web site to see if he is someone you can support.

Folks, our country is in real danger and we must stand up and fight for our freedom like
we have never done before in our lifetimes.
Sandy Gagne
Grand Junction

 

Mandate just ensures
everyone pays his way
So now we are going to see the Colorado attorney general spending taxpayers money to challenge the constitutionality of the health care reform bill on the basis of requiring everybody to buy health insurance. It’s a losing, partisan, grandstanding effort but I don’t care.

Don’t buy insurance, but understand that when you really need it — and unless you are very wealthy, you are likely to —  it will cost you an arm and a leg, maybe more than you could possibly afford. There should be no public assistance to help you buy it. And emergency rooms will no longer handle anybody except those with insurance or who have the ability to pay, up front. No more charity with very expensive emergency room treatment. That’s the whole point of parts of the bill.

That’s not an angry, mean-spirited and partisan ideological policy, but an actuarial necessity with insurance. If you have been paying all along and not having much, if any, expense, your “investment” in the future is being used to pay the expenses of others who do need help. Later, when you do have expenses, the premiums of others will pay your expenses.

If you opt out, the way you get into the system later is by paying all of the contributions you should have been paying to support the universal system designed, like any insurance system, to spread the risk over members of all ages and their problems.
You can’t have it both ways any more. Stopping mandated expensive care for which those who do have insurance pick up the expense is an important part of the new system. So, go ahead, gamble on the future and, when it becomes clear when you’re older or in trouble health-wise, you’ll be required to “catch up” contributing to the system which you were trying to beat.

It’s strange how this is a conservative issue. I thought conservatives were the ones who wanted everybody to pay their own way. Maybe not.
John Borgen
Grand Junction

 

McConnelly is best man
to replace John Salazar
We conservatives must be patient, because of the attention given to liberals by the national media and the trickle-down effect influencing local media.

A conservative, non-politician” running for office is at a disadvantage. Many RINOS in the Republican Party continue to back the same old, same old “politicians as usual.”

Then there are conservative groups or alliances — the CINOS-(conservative in name only) alleged to be fair and balanced, where candidate endorsements are determined by a board rather than the majority of members. 

Bob McConnell from Steamboat Springs, who is running for Congress in our 3rd Congressional District, is neither a RINO nor a CINO. He is not beholden to anything or anybody. While his opponent, John Salazar, may have more name recognition it’s not the kind that McConnell wants to develop when he is serving “we, the people.”
 
You see, Bob McConnell is unique. Instead of political experience, he has real leadership experience, unlike most representatives in Congress. Closely examine so-called leaders, both in the House and Senate, and what do you see but a bunch of political pundits with a self-serving, compromising, patronizing style that promotes their own best interests?

Visit Bob’s Web site, http://www.mcconnellforcongress.com, and you will find that he’s not only well versed, but forthright in his perspective on important issues. As a retired Airborne Ranger, colonel he has led man into battle. As an accomplished outdoorsman, he has led expeditions up Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.

Here’s the man to replace John Salazar and provide leadership in Congress with a voice that truly represents the will of the people!
Richard Doran
Parachute


Salazar, Udall and Bennet
due thanks on health care

This is to publicly thank our legislators, Congressman John Salazar, Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, for their votes to begin bringing America’s health care and insurance system up to the standards of the rest of the developed world.

It was unfortunate that so much bizarre, tiresome, misinformed squawking disrupted what should have been productive civil dialogue on an important issue in a supposedly civilized, advanced country.

Thankfully, the democratically elected majority eventually prevailed. This legislation is not the “end of freedom,” as some have mindlessly chanted, but rather the beginning of better health care accessibility, choices, efficiency and outcomes befitting this nation.

I encourage our congressman and senators to continue improving our health care system and to work on the plethora of problems that piled up in this country in the past decade. There are many of us who may not be the loudest or have the most (misspelled) signs, but who are deeply appreciative of their efforts to do what is best for Colorado and America.
Victoria Collier
Grand Junction

 



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