Email letters, April 18, 2014
After Legislature pits peaches, don’t boast about wine, skiing
Thank goodness the proactive Colorado Legislature has shot down the imminent terrorist threat of the 10-year-old state peach boy. As they say, we must not promote any single kind of Colorado produce.
Now, be sure to take down any boasts about wines or craft beers, which inherently belittle our fine milk and world-class dairies. Confiscate that “Ski Colorado” poster, which insults our four-star shuffleboard courts.
Nevadan’s grazing fees could have gone toward buying votes
I watched last week’s standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM with horror. How dare Bundy get up on his hind legs and stand up to government bureaucrats who were only trying to collect grazing fees that Bundy had accrued?
$1 million … think of the good ways our rulers could have used that money. How many votes could have been bought, and how many political favors could have been doled out?
Goodness, what if more citizens realize that the government is our servant instead of the people being servants of the government? The total system could collapse, and the country might return to a constitutional government. The horror, the horror.
Grant uses Orwellian language in column on women’s choice
I love reading Bill Grant’s column’s because he is one of the best examples of Orwellian logic available. In Orwell’s 1984, we learn the crafty art of double-speak, as well as how to subtly change the meaning of a debate by changing the meaning of terms.
Grant is correct to mention the four-decade struggle between the pro-life movement and the pro-abortion movement. What Grant and all the major news outlets have done is to change the terms. What used to be called pro-life is now called the anti-choice movement. What used to be called the pro-abortion is now called pro-choice movement. I happen to believe that “choice” is a fine word, much nicer than “abortion. I believe putting “anti” before choice smears those who are for life.
This week a Utah woman was arrested for murdering six newborn babies. The question I have for the Bill Grants of this world is: Do you know the difference between that woman’s choice and the choice of a woman to have a partial birth abortion? The answer in clear language is: minutes.
I am for life. The movement that represents my view has always been called the pro-life movement. I do not care what Grant calls the movement that represents his view — pro choice, pro abortion, abortion rights, etc.— but please get our name right.
GOP originally put forth plan similar to Affordable Care Act
I am amazed at the ongoing negative response to “Obamacare” from right-wing conservatives. In actuality, President Obama’s healthcare plan was originally the Republicans’ idea back in the 1990s; thus, their inability to come up with something different or better than “Obamacare.” It was all their idea in the first place. In fact, the plan was so good that Mitt Romney adopted it for the state of Massachusetts when he was governor, and it has been a huge success there.
The national mandate, which is so abhorrent to conservatives, was originally proposed by them as a free-market ploy to guarantee coverage for all Americans in lieu of another entitlement program like Medicare … God forbid. One would think that this history of health care for all would have been a bipartisan effort, wouldn’t one?
However, when Obama favored it, the Republicans had no choice but to reject it. After all, their purpose in all of this gridlock and partisan politics is to see Obama fail.
It’s interesting to read Paul Krugman’s article, “Health Care Nightmares.” Contrary to the title, he talks about the successes of “Obamacare” and the lies that accompany the horror stories about Obama’s health care plan What is abhorrent is that some states have refused to expand Medicaid, and, as a result, people are dying.
When will the hypocrisy and the blatant disregard for bettering the lives of average Americans stop?
For the truth, check boston.com, “Health Insurance Mandate began as a Republican Idea” and nytimes.com, Paul Krugman. Interesting reading for those who care.
HOLLY VON HELMS
City Council must take on ACLU, support its citizens
I read in today’s Sentinel that the ACLU is not giving up on imposing its special interest relative to panhandlers on the city of Grand Junction. Grand Junction is a home rule city, as chartered in the state of Colorado. The City Council sets policies, and the city administration enforces those policies.
I am tired of minorities telling me in my city what we can and cannot do. The city constantly receives letters stating and demanding that the city do something about unwanted panhandlers. It’s time all citizens stand up and inform these outsiders to “bug off.”
Grand Junction probably leads the state in taking care of truly needy folks. Catholic Outreach has daily food, and it offers housing and much more to aid those in distress. We have the homeless shelter, and we take care of teens, etc. We are a caring community.
If it takes court action, bring it on. City Council, stand up for our citizens.
Bundy should not be summarily castigated
Before castigating rancher Cliven Bundy, letter writer Kayla Dodson would do well to learn more than is published and aired in the popular media.
In addition to reducing their grazing allotments, BLM is requiring the ranchers in that area to surrender to the government their claim to livestock water on the grazing land. This sounds like the same type of water grab that they did to the ski areas.
I saw on the Internet Thursday morning that the BLM shot two of Bundy’s bulls and used his stock tanks for target practice. I have yet to see this reported in any popular media.