E-mail letters, Oct. 22, 2010

Voters’ memory is short

The recent poll about the GOP being better at running our government was disturbing. It shows America’s short-term memory loss, they must be smoking more medicinal pot.  What people are forgetting is that the GOP had control of the senate and the house for six years under the Bush/Cheney administration that sold the United States to the banks and big business. Facts seem to either get misplaced or lost as needed by the GOP propaganda machine.

NANCY LLOYD
Whitewater

Write-in candidate seeking your vote

I would like to remind Colorado’s district 3 voters that they must “write in” named write in candidates. I also impress upon Colorado voters that if I am not your chosen candidate, then please ask your candidate to consider my policy in protecting our jobs and economy in the future. These policies will reduce dependency on government, and taxpayer funds, they will address the domestic issues we face and give US the best opportunity to reduce taxes, levies and other government imposed fees that prevent US from financial security and government domination of our society.

What I intend to accomplish as your Congressman;

To amend the “Federal Community Reinvestment Act”, supporting local banks in loaning funds for commerce and for new industries at a no risk interest rate, going to shoot for 3%.
To develop a federal treasury program that allows every American to save with the purchase of bonds and T-bills, there is no minimum or maximum investment in this program. All newborn Americans will automatically have an account set up with a federal gift of $ 10.00 USD. This is a program that will effectively reduce the burden on social security by the estimated time of social security’s depletion in 2035.

To have water considered a natural resource, not to be bought or sold, but managed to provide the maximum acre feet to our agricultural industries and communities, while addressing down river concerns. I intend to have possible surveys begun for high mountain reservoirs to offset future droughts and development concerns.
To make foreclosures illegal for family orientated Americans that have financial hardships due to job loss or health issues.
To replace Obama care with a Co-op health program I am still developing, but basically if you lose your job you are covered for emergency service and hospitalization. Once you are back to work, you pay a fee based on income and family members until a threshold in income is passed, then you are off the program and it is your decision whether you buy private insurance, but be forewarned, if you choose not to buy private insurance, then you, your home and way of life may be subject to civil action by health providers if you are hospitalized and fail to pay your debt.
To push for stronger ethics legislation in Congress similar to that which our President is subject to in article 2 section 4; Disqualification for bribery and like offences that Sen. Reid and others did to push Obamacare through by buying votes, and to push for Judicial Review if it is attempted again while I serve the people as your Congressman.
To create legislation that compels federal and state agencies to audit themselves to the core at every Presidential and Governor’s election, then to place the results on their websites for transparency, to give the people a choice to demand removal of waste in government or know the reason why it is needed.
With the budget balanced and our economy on the rise after these programs are in place, to list various taxes for the people to choose which should be eliminated first.
To standardize education and create programs that identify what a student excels at and help them pursue that goal if it is their wish. To review school board actions that allow members and superintendants to retire with excessive retirement packages after only 10-12 years of service. to adapt a bill that elects superintendants and to subject retirement similar to that of military service in time served. To also create school security programs that have the best interests of the student in mind.
To form industry committees for consultation on Congressional breaks. This is not a government funded program, industry leaders of like industries will work to present options for reducing mandatory costs and taxes, to help commerce and industry survive, expand and hire labor. The answer to our governments actions in raising taxes is due to high unemployment, no taxable income is raised with Americans out of work, and only industry professionals know what it will take for them to prosper, the answer lies with the people, not a conscience vote.
I intend to place all legislation and any earmarks I feel are necessary on my Congressional website for voter polling and vote the majority. In this day and age of Congress running rampant with taxpayer funds, I believe that Americans need to take a greater interest in the management of government until we can bring our debt and unemployment rate under control. This have already begun with certain propositions on the ballot this year, I understand that Americans and particularly Coloradans are fed up and trying to regain control of our Congress and president, I intend to give you a voice, I hope it is what you believe will make a difference in our future. This is the 21st century, the plans above should have begun in the year 2000, we are better than this, America is the greatest country on earth, Americans should be the most financially, healthy and secure people on earth.

JOHN W HARGIS
Candidate, 3rd District Representative
Del Norte

Democrats hurt economy with higher taxes and mandates

Grandma goes to a jewelry store to buy her granddaughter a 21st birthday gift. Joe Smith buys a new refrigerator from an appliance outlet. Mrs. Smith shops for a new winter coat. The Jones family goes out to dinner every Friday night at their favorite restaurant. Grandpa donates monthly to his chosen Veteran’s organization. 

Then Obama and Pelosi turn the economy upside down with higher taxes and business mandates.  Many are unemployed or have lower paychecks.

Now, Grandma has to buy groceries and skip the birthday gift as do a million other grandmas. The jewelers cut back employee benefits. Joe Smith cannot afford the new refrigerator and neither can   few million other would-be buyers. The stores cut Saturday hours and lay off one employee. Mrs. Smith must forego the new coat to put gas in her car. Some stores won’t be hiring the usual number of holiday employees. The Jones family now stays home to eat along with millions of other budget strapped families. The restaurants lay off one waitress and one cook. Grandpa must choose between his prescriptions or the usual donations. Veteran’s hospitals cut staff or do not buy as many craft kits.

We Americans are not a bottomless piggy bank. If we have our own money to spend, the economy grows. Again, it is not government that creates jobs. And, in case you don’t know, eight out of 10 of our wealthiest congressmen are Democrats — only two, Republican. They all hope to retire with their cushy benefits supplied by us. Gosh! I thought I had earned that money.
CAROL ABBOTT  
Parachute

It’s time to stop wasetful government spending

It’s time to stop the wasteful spending of tax dollars. Every election, politicians promise to balance budgets and reduce deficits, but it never happens. Sure, some government employees will lose their jobs.

The company I work for has less than 50 percent of the employees we had 2 years ago. Many were my friends and had families. There have also been pay cuts during that two-year period. That’s what it takes to keep the doors open.

It has to start somewhere. Vote “Yes” on 60, 61 and 101.

Since government has the most to lose, it makes you wonder if tax dollars aren’t funding the TV campaign claiming that 60, 61, and 101 will cripple Colorado.

KENT OLDHAM
Grand Junction

Now that Mr. Winters has actively begun campaigning for Undersheriff of Garfield County, we feel it is necessary to provide the voters with a snapshot of the qualifications and experience levels of the two men vying for this position.

These are all a matter of public record, unlike many of Mr. Dalessandri and Mr. Winters’ comments, innuendos and fabrications.

Undersheriff Colt Cornelius (14 years experience):
—Glenwood Springs Patrol Officer (5 years)
—Promoted to GSPD Patrol Sgt. (1st testing)
—Promoted to GSPD Lt. (1st testing)
—2007: became Undersheriff of Garfield County
—2007: became Commander of A.H.R.T. (All Hazards Response Team)
—To date: 70 successful A.H.R.T. operations with no loss of life and with successful resolutions in accordance with judicial protocol Deputy/Investigator Doug Winters (13 years experience):
—Eagle County Deputy
—Eagle County Investigator ( a lateral move, not an advancement in rank or responsibility)
—Tested for Sgt. (has not been promoted).

Critical decisions might need to be made by the Undersheriff in case of the Sheriff’s absence. By “critical”, we mean “life and death” decisions. If qualifications and experience count, we’ll let the facts speak for themselves. In fairness, we must provide a disclaimer: our son is a nationally certified hostage negotiator for A.H.R.T. We trust his life to Undersheriff Colt Cornelius and Sheriff Lou Vallario. As parents, there is no greater trust that you can give to another person than your child’s life.

TOM AND JANE ASHWORTH
Rifle

Tancredo is a much better conservative candidate than Dan Maes

Letter writer Robert Hemmerich is right about one or two things.  an Maes is not a professional politician, or a professional anything in my opinion. I’m glad he will support candidates with Republican (I assume by that by that you mean conservative) ideals? In that case, support Tom Tancredo. If he supports Dan Maes over Tom, does he have one shred of evidence that Dan Maes better exemplifies those ideals?

Does he really want to talk about “finagling the rules”? Tom Tancredo entered this race legally and it was held up in court after frivolous challenges from people on his side. What has Dan Maes won in a courtroom? Bankruptcy. How about his Republican leader Dick Wadhams saying he doesn’t care if Dan gets less than 10 percent of the vote, we will just change the law?

Hemmerich is right about another thing. Tom is the “other side of the political machine” as his record indicates. He should ask him personally why he voted for TARP and he will tell you, as he did in recent debates.  Hemmerich is dead wrong when you say we “don’t need them.”  We do, and we need Tom more than ever. Hemmerich is dead wrong when he says we “don’t need them.” We do, and we need Tom more than ever.

Don’t waste a vote so important this election.  Frankly, don’t be a party dinosaur from Dinosaur.

RON HOLBECK
Grand Junction

Symphony board opposes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors voted in September to oppose Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. This is not something we do often, and was done based on the facts presented to us and the significant impact the passage of these initiatives would have on Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Symphony specifically.

The Board felt that this impact would cause irreparable harm to both, making it necessary to take a public stance on these three issues. We did so because of the following reasons:

• Revenue to the local School District would likely be cut by almost 50 percent. This could be a result of the passage of Amendment 60. The state is supposed to make up the difference, but the state does not have the funds to cover this added burden. This would mean that school districts across the state would have to make cuts, many which would involve arts programs. We firmly believe that arts and music have a positive impact on the education of our children, and we cannot support something that would likely remove this from our schools.

• Many GJSO Musicians would likely have to seek employment elsewhere. Many of our musicians work for the local schools, and with this drastic cut in funding, there is a risk that their positions could be cut. A loss of a large number of musicians would have a direct impact on our ability to continue to present the high-quality music programs we produce. 

• An estimated 75,000 jobs could be lost in Colorado, more than 2,000 in Mesa County alone. This would devastate an already delicate economy and have an equally devastating effect on non-profits, including the Symphony. Ticket sales cover only 30 percent of the costs to present our programs, meaning we rely on individuals, corporations, foundations and government support to continue our programs. The effect on the business community would be crippling on our organization, and we would have to raise our ticket prices and cut our programs to balance our budget – two things that we do not want to have to do.

We encourage you to continue to educate yourself about the dramatic effects that these initiatives will have on the state of Colorado and the Western Slope, and on the Symphony specifically. The effects on our musicians, our staff, and our programs would be irreparable. We would have to cut back many of our education programs that we currently present (reaching over 10,000 children in the Western Slope each year), as well as our concerts. We hope that you will join us in opposing these three initiatives.

MICHAEL SCHWERIN, Executive Director
Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
Grand Junction

Fruita should enforce the laws it already has on the book

The Fruita City Council’s proposal to ban smoking at Fruita city parks sounds like a great idea if it could or would be enforced. I am concerned that it will just be another unenforced park rule. There are presently signs at all entrances to Little Saltwash Park that dogs are required to be on a leash that has never been enforced. I have friends and neighbors who would like to use the walking paths in the park, but do not because of their fear of dogs running loose. Many times it looks more like a dog park than a ball park. Either enforce the rules that exist or don’t waste the time to enact new ones.

AL AMIRAULT
Fruita

Too much political correctness

According to an Oct. 19 Rasmussen Report, most Americans have had a belly full of political correctness.
 The national telephone survey found that 57 percent of the adults polled believe that our country has become too politically correct. Therefore, 43 percent do not agree. 



It can’t be coincidental. There simply must be a correlation between this survey and the Gallup’s Oct. 21 Obama unpopularity poll announcing that his approval rating has slipped to 44.7 percent, which it describes as a new low — but, this is merely the latest low since his presidency will continue to register new lows in months to come.



Now, here’s the correlation. Isn’t it apparent that the 43 percent that accept the absurdity of PC are among the same 47.4 percent that accept Obama’s abysmal performance?
Well, fellow Americans in both cases that must leave more than 50 percent of us out of touch. Speaking of PC, is there anything that is politically “incorrect?”

In following this year’s election, it is apparent that lying, cheating and stealing are acceptable campaigns strategies at all political levels — in local, state and national races. You may ask, how low can it get in terms of moral conscience and especially moral conduct. Perhaps there is no limit to shallowness.
For example, try to interpret the mentality or judgment of those who stoop so low as to steal and destroy candidates yard signs. Seldom are these actions witnessed, so all we can do is imagine that there are politically motivated fanatics who sneak out in the dead of night, perhaps in commando garb and cruise through neighborhoods to ravage the yard signs of political opponents. Should this be considered politically correct?



There is not much we can do on a local level to control lying, cheating and stealing by the candidates. And, since there is no Rasmussen Report or Gallup Poll on the destruction of yards signs, perhaps it is simply appropriate to appeal to all who are actively campaigning to do so respectfully, as good citizens.
Within the realm of good judgment aren’t there certain actions that are politically incorrect?

God bless America.



RICHARD DORAN

Parachute



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