E-mail letters, October 27, 2010

Inaccurate attack ads may
spur support for Fair Tax

The recent media blitz by the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees accusing Senate candidate Ken Buck and congressional candidate Scott Tipton of wanting to raise your taxes by 23 percent is not only a gross distortion bordering on an all-out lie, but it may well backfire in the long run by raising awareness of the Fair Tax bill, H.R. 25, proposed by Georgia Congressman John Linder.

This bill is currently bottled up in committee by the Democrat majority, but it will get a fair hearing after the Republicans take control of the House.

The Fair Tax eliminates all current payroll taxes (Medicare, and Social Security), individual and corporate income taxes, capital gains taxes and estate taxes. The revenue lost by the elimination of these taxes would be replaced by a consumption tax whose rate
is set to exactly offset this lost revenue — that is, the Fair Tax is revenue neutral.

Although there are differing opinions of what this rate should be, most economists peg it at the now famous 23 percent used in the attack ads against Buck and Tipton.

The Fair Tax will retain the progressive features of our current tax system. Families with incomes below the poverty level will be issued tax rebates and taxation of all others will be proportionate to their spending.

The Fair Tax will not raise the price of merchandise. It merely replaces existing taxes whose cost is already embedded in the price of that merchandise. Corporations don’t pay taxes, they pass them on to the consumer.

The Fair Tax will eliminate the IRS and April 15 will become just another day, not one feared by the taxpayer.

For more information on the Fair Tax, visit http://www.fairtax.org .
Richard Udd

Political advertising treats
voters like globs of goo

I agree wholeheartedly agree with both D.L. Smith and Timothy King in the Oct. 26 “Letters” section.

Who are these people (candidates) preaching to anyway? Do they assume that every one of their constituents is just a blob of goo who can’t see a lie when they see or hear one?

Every piece of printed literature that I receive in the mail from any campaign is thrown directly into the garbage, where it belongs, and every telecommunication effort, whether it be television or phone solicitations, is completely ignored because I can’t stand the — for lack of a better word — crap that comes from both.

I know we have a problem in this country with “truth in advertising,” so it should come to no surprise that our political machine has adapted these habits.

I wonder if the millions that these candidates are spending are reaching as many constituents as they hope, with what I have heard from friends and other resources. I guess it is like the multiple junk mailings that we get each day. They hope that a percentage of the ads will reach a glob of goo.

To all the other globs of goo out there: Speak up and let them (candidates) know that we are more intelligent than a glob of goo!
Gary Moland
Grand Junction

It’s easy to explain bullying
when we watch political ads

As I look at the campaigning that is taking place this year, I find it to be an embarrassment to all Americans.

Yes, I did vote, but I had a difficult time finding many candidates who didn’t spend all of their time putting their opponents down and being out-and-out dirty in order to get votes On top of that, they never say what they stand for or why I should vote for them.

If students at school behaved like these candidates, they would be in trouble and probably at home, also. I don’t have to wonder why they mimic this behavior. And we wonder why bullying is a problem with our children. I feel badly for those raising children right now because this type of behavior disgusts me.

When did we change from supporting American values to seeing who can spend the most money or find the dirtiest things to say in order to win? Have our American values really changed? More important, we could have put the billions of dollars spent on campaigns toward the national debt to help everyone, even create jobs for those who need them and save homes that deserve saving.
Joann Alam

Jobs and economy are
Salazar’s top priority

It is clear that John Salazar’s No. 1 priority is protecting Colorado jobs and strengthening our economy. John Salazar is Colorado.

He has fought for us, always ensuring that Colorado’s needs were addressed and respected. Salazar has a proven track record and has reached across the aisle numerous times for the sake of his constituents.

A life-long farmer, rancher and small businessman, Salazar understands that small businesses drive our economy. He has voted for 16 tax cuts and incentives to help small businesses create jobs and afford health care, including one giving businesses tax incentives to hire unemployed workers.

He voted to free up the credit markets so prospective small businesses could once again access credit. He has worked to establish programs for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to set up their own small businesses.

Please vote for John Salazar.
Catherine C. Burkey
Grand Junction

Bennet stands for
progressive values

Michael Bennet gets my vote for U.S Senate because he supports the progressive policies that my family and many Coloradans care so deeply about.

As a mom, I believe our country’s future depends on prioritizing and improving our public education system, not disbanding the Department of Education as Ken Buck advocates. Sen. Bennet has a proven record on education.

I appreciate Bennet’s support for equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to choose, and I know he will fight to ensure those rights for our daughters, unlike Buck, who would deny a woman’s right to decide even in the case of incest or rape.

I don’t believe Buck’s plan to privatize part of Social Security and outsource VA hospitals to private, for-profit companies is good for Colorado or the country. I am grateful that Senator Bennet fought to enact health insurance reform against opposition funded by millions from the insurance industry. Without reform, Buck would not have the luxury of discussing which parts of the bill he would “keep” – there would simply be no progress on this issue, as there had not been for so many years.

Buck and a Republican majority in the Senate would take us back to “free market reforms” to fix health care and Wall Street abuses — a reform philosophy that worked so well in the past. Back to the same policies that drove up the deficit and derailed the economy in the first place, and back to the “back-ally” days for women.

No society has ever been successful when it adopts a regressive approach to governing as
Buck and his colleagues are proposing. Michael Bennet stands for progress and I hope all Coloradans who believe in progress will make sure they vote on Nov. 2.
Tedi Gillespie
Grand Junction

Bible translations help
fuel battle over abortion

I would like to continue the debate on Amendment 62 with Pastor Jim Hale by
showing how our Bible translations disagree.

My “pre-Roe” King James Bible verse on Exodus 21: 22-23 reads, “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for

Pastor Hale’s “New King James Bible” dates from 1975, after the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion. This translation changed “so that her fruit depart from her” to read “so that she gives birth prematurely.” I contend that such a translation isn’t logical.

Children were considered property in those days. So if the injury to the woman causes only a premature birth, the husband still has his child and has lost nothing. Why then, would the assailant be required to reimburse him?

But if you read it that the woman miscarries and loses the child, the husband has suffered a definite loss and deserves to be compensated. It seems evident to me that reading the word “mischief” as referring to the death of the woman is the only way this Bible verse makes sense.

Furthermore, Chapter 21 sets “judgments” for all kinds of situations. By limiting this verse to premature birth, it leaves nothing addressing the more likely and more serious outcome of causing a miscarriage. What should be the biblical judgment for that?

Clearly, the NKJB change was made specifically to oppose abortion — an interesting sidebar to the abortion wars.
Janet Brazill
Grand Junction

Why is enforcement lax
for mailbox vandalism?

In the Oct. 26 Police blotter, there was an item about three juveniles putting a dead animal in a mailbox and all they got from law enforcement as punishment was to go back and take it out of the mailbox.

I thought that tampering with a mailbox by any unauthorized person was a federal offense. The law allowed them to open the mailbox twice, without any punishment at
all. What kind of law enforcement is that?
Rafael Salaz
Grand Junction

Houpt’s policy-making has
helped entire gas region

Tresi Houpt’s job as Garfield County commissioner differs from county administrators’ jobs. Hers is inherently political. It involves policymaking. Such efforts have benefitted Garfield and all Colorado Counties with oil and gas interests.

Appointment to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission involved her in reform to promote responsible resource development in Colorado counties where there is drilling. Historically, the COGCC had functioned essentially as an oil and gas industry promotion commission, attending primarily to the industry’s interests.

Reformed COGCC rules, promulgated with Houpt’s input, formalized aspects of landscape, air and water quality, and wildlife conservation that had always been part of the Commission’s mandate but virtually ignored. New rules made explicit COGCC’s responsibility for the broader concept of conservation, hence the term responsible oil and gas development.

Responsible development ideally includes inducing companies to attend to conservation measures in their costs of production, e.g.,  drilling-site restoration and revegetation; efforts to avoid and/or attenuate damage to air and water quality, compensating for damage resulting from air and water pollution; and demonstrating decent regard for wildlife habitat as well as for the creatures themselves.

Local land use, to include various sites and roads, falls within the proper purview of county commissioners. Federal and state regulators handle industrial and big business concerns on the scale of oil and gas development and production. Reform of COGCC rules improved the operational footing of county commissioners here and around the state.

COGCC’s rules — reformed to address the entire range of its mandate — smooth the path for county commissioners to attend to their own mandate without handling complaints
belonging at COGCC.

Re-elect Tresi Houpt as county commissioner. She is a policymaker who promotes
responsible industry conduct and good local government.
Jerry Rankin
Glenwood Springs

Republicans care only
about their party

With Election Day looming, we voters are faced with tough decisions. I think it’s important to remember that the Democrats are working toward what’s best for the country while Republicans are only interested in what is good for the Republican Party.

As proof of this, you don’t need to look any further than Republican Party mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh and his famous quote, “I hope Obama fails.”

If President Obama were to fail the country would fail. We would fail. And that’s OK with Limbaugh, as long as Republicans can control Congress.

I’m voting Democrat. It’s a vote for our country.
John A. Ijams
Grand Junction

Film highlights problems
in public-school system

I was recently invited to a private showing of the movie, “Waiting for Superman.” It was an excellent movie about the need for public school reform and the problems that parents and students face with our public school system.

The director, Davis Guggenheim, was the same director of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a movie that I have been strongly against showing to our children in our schools because of it is based on inaccurate information about man-made climate change and is solely a political film with no educational or scientific value.

Surprisingly, his new movie praised charter schools as the viable alternative to public school education. It also brought out that the problem is not that we need to throw more money at education, although that is what the school boards and teachers unions would have you believe. The movie claims that teachers unions and retaining bad teachers are a large part of the problem. 

Several groups have come out against the movie; the same groups that support the showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” in our classrooms. I find it amusing how these groups will praise and advocate for a movie as long the message is consistent with what they believe.  A political man-made climate change movie is “educational,” but talk about public school education reform and it just becomes an “entertaining” movie.

I appreciate District 51 for hosting a community discussion about school reform after the showing. The need for true education reform is why I stand so strongly against Colorado allowing the federal government and national standards into our schools.  There will be no access to real reform with the federal government meddling in education.

Education should be locally controlled. I applaud Marcia Neal, State Board of Education, for voting “no” to national standards and fighting for our children.
Rose Pugliese

Not voting amounts to
quitting on our democracy

There are already predictions that voter turnout for the midterm elections is going to be down,as it is in most midterm elections. I have already had discussions with people telling me there is no one good to vote for so they will not be voting as a message that they disapprove of the system.

What nonvoters don’t realize is that our country got where it is due to voter apathy. For our democracy to work people have a job to do and that is to vote. Staying away from the poles on Election Day is giving up on the system.

Maybe that is why Sara Palin is so popular, because she is the highest-profile quitter we have in the public eye.

If you think none of the candidates is worthy of the job, you must decide which of them is the lesser of two evils. With this action, over time, the lesser of two evils may not be as hard to decide.

Giving up the only voice you sometimes have in government by not voting isn’t sending any sort of message to the electorate other than that you really don’t care and are part of the herd of sheep ready for slaughter.

Don’t be a quitter. Get out and vote. Vote your heart
Peter Sichelski

Voter fraud shouldn’t
be an issue in our country

The United States is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet voter fraud is an issue in every election. We are days away from the midterm elections and irregularities have been reported in Arizona, Florida and several other states.

There is absolutely no reason we should have to endure fraud in our election process. If there is anything that has got to be fair and above board, it’s our elections. Our only real say in government is the representatives we elect.

You have to show a pictured ID to buy a sixpack of beer or a pack of cigarettes. You have to have an ID to drive a car, cash a check, buy a firearm and on and on. But, it’s disenfranchising if you ask for proof of citizenship to vote in our elections in some states. Voting is one of the most sacred responsibilities we have as citizens of this country. Where is the common sense? How have so many things gotten so screwed up?

Members of the military are once again being left out of the process because ballots were not mailed in time. This is disgraceful and everybody who is to blame should be fired.

The voter fraud and intimidation that has been perpetrated in the past few years and again so far this election has come largely from constituents of the Democrat party. Sad, but true.
Neil Riddle


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