E-mail letters, May 19, 2011

With real problems we face, who cares about Arnold’s infidelity?

I know I am not always up on current events, but did I miss that world hunger has been solved or terrorism has been eradicated?  Is the economy back on it’s feet and people have decent jobs?

Why else would there be such a media frenzy about a actor/out-of-work politician having an illegitimate child?

Does anyone besides his family really care, because I sure don’t. I was tired of hearing about it the very first day it hit the news.

Come on people, there are real things in this country to be concerned about, not garbage like this current news
Richard Gerhardt
Fruitvale


Obama was against raising debt limit before he was for it

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said a few days ago that “the debt ceiling is an anachronism.”  So, let me see if I understand this. Is he saying that this debt limit is outdated, a throwback? Is he saying why even have a limit? Can I run my household like this?

OK, I have a new federal slogan:  “Print Baby, Print.”

Then I find this quote from then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2006:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies.

“Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is ‘trillion” with a ‘T.’ That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next five years, between now and 2011, the president’s budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.”

Doesn’t Obama sound like one of those radical tea partiers?  He sure was ahead of his time.

This kind of leadership from the rear is all very confusing. American’s voted for change, not psychosis.

Americans must prepare for much harder times because they are coming.
Detlef Hoffmann
Grand Junction


For county commissioners,
breaking ‘little’ laws is OK

It was very interesting to read how two of the three Mesa County commissioners want to approach publishing the expenses for the county on a monthly basis. They want to just stop doing it.

Apparently, it must be OK to break the “little” laws.

The commissioners, as elected officials, are supposed to be making policy, setting examples and following established laws and procedures. Commissioner Steve Acquafresca seems to be the one that is prepared to proceed with an ethical approach to this issue.

It’s not hard to imagine why the Mesa County departmental leadership team is not willing to follow this top-level example.
ALLEN and SUE CRIM
Grand Junction


Websites help citizens
give back to soldiers

I’m writing to let people know of a few ways that we can show our thanks to the brave men and women in our military who are deployed worldwide, working to ensure our continued freedom.

There are three websites that I know of that easily allow us to give back.

First, http://www.LetsSayThanks.com is a site that sends cards in care packages. This is a totally free service. You pick out one of the many cards that are made by children from all over the country. Next, you put your name and hometown, pick a pre-printed sentiment (or write your own), and click submit. Different companies print the cards and include them in care packages that are sent to the troops. It’s fast, easy and free. What more could you ask for?

The other two websites are: http://www.cupofjoeforajoe.com and http://www.soldiersangels.org. These sites make it easy to give small amounts of money ($2 and up) towards cups of coffee, calling cards and care packages. So, folks, let’s say thanks!
Becky Bailey
Norwood


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