E-mail letters, November 16, 2010

Avoid flying and
the TSA militia

Airline passengers – and justifiably more so, the airlines’ flying employees — are increasingly frustrated with TSA policies that expand intrusive electronic and physical scrutiny. Electronic scans and groping are the norm at airport checkpoints. One might think that TSA hopes, through the passage of time, that its offensive ministrations will become acceptable to passengers who will again become docile sheep (even if partly shorn.)

This past year, my wife and I bypassed airline flights three times and chose to drive. We flew once, and only because of time constraints. On that trip we found Houston Intercontinental Airport to be a massive stockyard of fencing, cross-fencing and chutes. The only things missing were cattle prods in the hands of TSA employees. Perhaps that’s the next instrument to be
used on the recalcitrant traveler.

Our decision is to now avoid the invasive, demeaning procedures that TSA militia enforces at airports.

The trade group International Air Transport Association’s director of security in North America, Ken Dunlap, was recently quoted saying, “We’ve spent eight years looking for little scissors and toenail clippers … Perhaps the emphasis should be looking for bad people.”

He’s correct, of course, and it’s called profiling. Until TSA begins to employ this effective means of screening (proven by El Al Airlines), halts its demands that we partially strip, expose ourselves to radiation and be groped, my wife and I will not return to regular air travel.

Only absolute necessity will force us into an airport.
Alan Metcalfe
Delta


Social workers also lose
if Medicare pay is cut

I noticed The Daily Sentine article about cuts to Medicare reimbursement to doctors in the Nov. 12 edition of The Daily Sentinel. Please be advised that medical doctors aren’t the only professional persons who will be cut if such regulations take effect.

Clinical social workers are also the “target” of proposed cuts. It may be of interest to your readers that clinical social workers perform an estimated 75 percent of all psychotherapy in the United States. We work with many persons who would not be helped in other ways without social- worker services.
Maynard Hesselbarth
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Grand Junction


Bring back trapping
to restore state economy

Now that the elections are over and it’s time for our elected officials to get to work on their promises, to improve the economy and creation of new jobs. How about bringing back an old industry that has proved itself sucsessful in this counrty for over 300 years and still is in 48 states.

Only California and Little California — oops, I mean Colorado — have been foolish enough to place a ban on trapping.

Before 1996 thousand’s of Colorado families depended on trapping to supplement their income, pumping million’s of dollars into the state’s economy. Now these furbearing animals are just being killed and smashed along our state’s highways. What a waste of one our state’s most valuable and renewable resources.
Eric Carlson
Whitewater


Sauer’s article a reminder
of why we read newspapers

Rachel Sauer’s Nov. 14, article “Say, what do you mean?” reminded me of why I love the newspaper. Yes, the real thing, a sheet of newsprint, in my hand. The article reeled me in with words spoken long ago that are relevant today.

Thank you, Rachel, for the outstanding article. My hope is that readers will take note of a piece well-researched and written and take the time to read it in the newspaper.
Judy Briscoe
Paonia


Salaries of college coaches
really boggle the mind

If readers are alarmed by the salaries of the most highly compensated college and university presidents, they should check out the salaries of athletic coaches at institutions like Ohio State, Florida and Texas. It boggles the mind.
Hank Schoch
Fruita


Belief system of some form
a part of all human action

Defining religion as “a basic belief system,” everyone (even the atheist) has one. Therefore, religion enters into every decision and law human beings make.

It would help in discussions of such to examine history to see which system has best served mankind, allowing for the fact that none has been perfect.
Lois Lampert
Grand Junction


Republicans have enough
blame to sell it to others

One of the few skill sets the right has finely honed over the last several years is heaping blame. I was pondering how they would carry forward this capacity in the governance of this nation.

Then it came to me that they probably had huge stockpiles of blame left over after the election, in a whole variety of flavors. Why not package and market it. Sell it to the Chinese and balance our trade deficit.

Those Republicans are smarter than I thought.
Fred Pittenger
Grand Junction


Stop spending money
on foreign countries

I read in the paper recently the list of things going to be cut back on. I think the list is upside down. I think that all the money going to other countries should be cut way back instead of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Do something to bring back the manufacturing to the states. We need the work here. Sending it to other countries doesn’t help the people of the United States.

I think that the people in government have forgetten where they come from. There’d be a lot of things that the government wastes money on that doesn’t have any impact on any living
person, that can be cut. And pay back all the money that was borrowed from Social Security years ago.

Charity starts at home first, then help where you can. I was always told to have a roof over my head, food on the table, bills paid, money in the bank for emergencies, then you can play. Maybe the government should think about this.

I would like to see the people in government live on Social Security for two years without being able to touch their bank accounts for extra funds, to see if they can make it. Just think that the
money spent on just one of the dresses that the wives have to have for their parties, how many people that could be fed if you add all the money up from all of them. If we stopped all of that stupid spending how much we could save.
Lana Huff
Delta



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