Email letters, August 15, 2011

Dems had a role in debt-limit debate

It never fails to amaze me that columnist Bill Grant and his liberal buddies can look at the debt-limit deal and we can see two completely different things.  Bill, Paul Krugman and others see a minority (the Tea Party) that was allowed to usurp control of Congress. Why then, if the Democrats who believe as Bill Grant does, are truly in a majority did Congress not just vote to raise the debt ceiling over the objections of this minority?

Could it possibly be that every poll I read clearly showed that a majority of the American people wanted spending cuts and to have some real plan in place to balance the budget? Could it be that a majority of the American people did not want to have trillion-dollar-plus yearly deficits for the foreseeable future and saddle our children and grandchildren with crushing debt? Or, perhaps is it the fact that a majority of the American people recognize that sending more of our money to those who inhabit the black hole that we call Washington, D.C. would allow them to just push dealing with the problem down the road to a later date when it may have become unfixable.  Or maybe it is because the American people can see that Obama and the Democrats calling for more spending and higher taxes as a cure for the economy is like calling for more eating to cure obesity.

As hard as it is for me to say this I do agree with Bill Grant on one point, I wholly disagree with this 12-member “Super Congress” drafting any legislation in secret. What’s the point of having a Congress? Isn’t having open debate, as messy as it is sometimes, the key to having a representative government?

Finally it is time to recognize that the downgrade is a reflection of the lack of leadership shown by President Obama and that the Democrats attempt to move this country to a socialist democracy is being seen for what it is: Failure.

MICHAEL HIGGINS
Grand Junction

People should do their own homework

It is not infrequently that some of us hear condemnation without knowledge. That is what most of it is and, therefore, achieved through emotional manipulation. One recent conversation made that abundantly clear.

When an individual was asked what he thought of a controversial figure fairly recently in the news, he responded that he did not like him. Such feeling response fascinate some of us and we want to know more.

The next question was, “Have you ever met him?” The answer was no. He was then asked if he had ever read the statement at the source of the controversy. The answer was no. He was then asked if he had ever read anything written by that individual. Not surprisingly the answer was the same, no.

This brings up the crucial question. Having never met the individual and having never read anything he had ever written, what then was the basis for his dislike? There being no rational or logical reason that leaves only emotion. He has been emotionally manipulated into that feeling. He was told he shouldn’t, so he doesn’t.

Was this perpetrated on a young or unschooled individual? Quite the opposite is true. He is in his late 40s or early 50s and a college graduate.

We must, therefore, conclude that neither age nor formal schooling insulates anyone from emotional manipulation.

Such individuals have never learned to do a very important thing. It is to do their own homework and make up their own minds, not allow others to make it up for them.

The latter is the consequence of one thing, pure and simple laziness and waiting for others to tell them what it is they should believe.
ROBERT I. LAITRES
Delta
Tipton on the right track with field hearing

The recent announcement that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton will be conducting a field hearing in Grand Junction Aug. 24 to discuss the roadblocks to development of oil shale is a welcome step in the right direction and hopefully will lead to the formation and implementation of a real Federal Energy Plan in the United States.

The energy needs of the United States have major implications on our economy and national security. Unfortunately, those close to the industry are all too familiar with many of the political and regulatory headwinds that continue to slow the research and development of oil shale and potential energy independence for the United States.

Companies like Shell, Chevron, American Shale Oil and Red Leaf Resources are continuing to develop exciting and new technologies that someday may lead to a commercially viable path to meet growing national and international energy needs. However, regulatory uncertainty has slowed research and development projects of oil-shale dramatically and forced most money for those projects flowing in the direction of more development-friendly nations like Brazil, Jordan, Morocco, Israel, Estonia and China.

This is not only shocking, but disturbing considering the largest and richest reserves of recoverable oil shale (estimated at more than five times the amount of oil located in Saudi Arabia) are found in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. If the United States wants companies to invest in oil shale research and development then, we must give these companies a path to commercialization. Why would a company invest hundreds of millions of dollars into research, if they have no clear path to recouping that investment?

America can be a world leader in oil shale technology, but the private sector will not continue to invest in environmentally responsible oil shale technologies without consistent regulations and stable oversight from the federal government.

I would like to thank Reps. Tipton and Lamborn for furthering this important discussion.

Our nation needs options for reliable, domestic, environmentally responsible energy including oil, natural gas, coal, solar, wind, nuclear and oil shale.

BRAD MCCLOUD
Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale
Grand Junction

According to media everyone loses

According to the left-leaning media, Bachmann can’t win, Romney can’t win, Parry can’t win. Yet knowing that the president’s approval rating is under 40 percent, I have not seen any article or opinions from the media that the president can’t win.

I guess everyone loses!

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

It matters who is going to fix the problem
I had an experience this past week that I believe is a perfect metaphor for our country today. We ordered an automobile engine, nothing exotic a four-cylinder Jeep engine.

The problem wasn’t that the first motor was defective. The problem wasn’t that the second motor was defective. The problem wasn’t even that the third motor was sent to North Carolina due to a transcription error on the shipping document. The problem was that at every step through the process the people at the auto parts store were far more interested in assessing who was to blame than actually resolving the problem.

All I heard was, “it’s not my fault.” And “I did what I was supposed to do.” I didn’t care whose fault it was, I wanted the problem fixed. Apparently the employees thought their sole responsibility was to react to customer queries on overdue parts and call someone. The term “proactive” seems not to exist in their vocabulary. I told the employee, that she had done nothing effective and was met by an uncomprehending blank stare. The employee seemed genuinely perplexed when I responded to “It’s not my fault…” with I don’t care whose fault it is, who is going to fix it?

Not once did anyone step forward to take on the responsibility to fix the problem. Expediting the delivery after nine weeks wasn’t even an after thought. I don’t think that concept is in the corporate DNA. They did expect a pat on the back for authorizing a rental car, for one week out of nine after delivering two dysfunctional engines, (the dysfunction was not detectable until after they were installed) then misdirecting the third engine and losing it, taking five weeks to complete the third delivery. The third engine by the way contained an internal loose (extra) nut which if not discovered by a careful mechanic would have immediately been sucked into the cylinder and done internal damage to the engine the first time it was started.

Our country too suffers from this malady. Where is the American spirit of simply rolling up our sleeves and tackling a problem when the Congress and the president defers the deficit problem to future generations and the president says get mad at Congress? Every American family funds necessities first. The federal government funds pet projects of every lawmaker first and then requires emergency funding for troops in combat. This is insane, but frees up the federal government from actually tackling the debt problem. It matters not how much you tax, when you set new spending records every year and build in an automatic 9 percent increase each year. There comes a point at which this process is unsustainable and we have arrived.

KENNETH BROWNLEE
Grand Junction

Tax money shouldn’t pay for free lunches

Why are my school taxes paying for lunches during the summer for these children?  This has nothing to do with education other than to teach them that it is someone else’s responsibiliy to feed them. Where are the parents??
Reminder folks, socialism stops working when you run out of other people’s money.
PATRICIA BEAUCHAMP
Grand Junction

Dems unjustly attacking Tipton

Yet again a new Democratic group housemajoritypac.com has targeted Scott Tipton with a false accusation on ethic’s issues. We have seen this before. Remember Scott McInnis?

They are using the same technique and spreading an accusation around. The purpose, of course, is to defeat Scott Tipton in 2012. The ad, which can be seen on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtSWwHNDQEY, uses a clip from a Tipton floor speech and uses it out of context. Then purports that he is funneling money to his family. I have checked the Ethics Committee’s site and can’t find Tipton’s name anywhere.

The House Republicans said of the original story from the Denver Post June 2011 that “It’s no surprise that House Democrats are inventing a fictional controversy in an attempt to discredit anyone who stands up to their reckless Washington spending spree and job-killing agenda.”

A recent edition of The Daily Sentinel published an article by Gary Harmon. He ends the article with the fact that John Salazar also used iConstituent. When I checked out this company their banner says that over 300 members of Congress are signed up with them.

Scott has been a forward thinking congressman who understands the issues and wishes to know what we think. He held the first town hall meeting in at least four years. Many people attended this event and I’m sure everyone left with a better idea about what is going on in Washington than they had when they arrived. Scott was polite, pleasant and courteous while explaining his positions. He has consistently voted conservative. He is well aware that w e cannot keep spending money we don’t have.

This ad is a good example of “The end justifies the means” philosophy. It also does nothing to solve any problems. Having a real conversation with no falsehoods would be a good start.

LINDA GREGORY
Grand Junction

What do the rich need from the rest of us?

On Aug 13., The Daily Sentinel printed on page one an article by The Associated Press stating, “The richest 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of stocks. And the richest 20 percent drive about 40 percent of consumer spending ...” Now, just what do these people need or want from the rest of us?

The same as the wealthy have always needed and wanted from the masses, just workers (the cheaper the better) and an army. Fortunately, in our system of government they also need our votes, thus, we can have some say about the well being of ourselves and our families ... at least for the time being.
S. MILES JOHNSON
Grand Junction

Super Committee is more like a gang

Are they “super” or just another “gang?”

We the people are often influenced by nomenclature, which often determines our first impressions. Consequently, it’s important whether the newly established congressional coalition be referred to as the “Super Committee” or as the “Gang of Twelve.” Since our always objective, fair and balanced national media haven’t yet decided for us what term we should use, I get to make my own choice.

In reviewing the credentials of the chosen twelve, it’s certainly a stretch to associate the word “super” with any of them, regardless of party affiliation. 

Therefore, I suggest that the “gang” reference is most appropriate. According to Wikipedia, “gang” often carries a “negative connotation defining itself in opposition to mainstream norms, as a statement of identity or defiance.” Let’s face it, these political pundits have a very common alliance — whatever they do, it’s all about them rather than about us, we the people.

We the people, who have been around long enough, know that these committees merely create hope (and change?) rather than produce results. To their advantage, we the people, have no fond expectations regarding their task. Like other congressional committees, they will accomplish nothing of immediate value, but merely prolong the dire problems of our nation’s economy.

We the people question the compatibility of this group. Using ratings of zero to 100 from the American Conservative Union indicates that gridlock can be expected. The Democrat ratings range from 2.50¬14.50, while the Republicans range from 72.23–98.96. Does that raise much hope for agreement or compromise?

We the people certainly deserve some positive, productive results from our elected representative in Washington, but I for one do not expect anything worthwhile from “just another committee!”

God bless America.

RICHARD DORAN
Parachute

Photo of marching band was a breath of fresh air

Thank you, Palisade Marching Band for the beautiful picture of your band camp participants. What a breath of fresh air on a page otherwise filled with references of stabbings, shootings, sex assaults and sexual exploitations of young girls.

I would have loved your picture anyway, but was struck by the contrast between your band and your wholesomeness and the other sick stories. Thank you for making my day a more enjoyable one. Keep up the good work.

KRISTIN THOMSON
Delta

Grand Junction family returns lost camera

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Smith of Grand Junction. On a camping trip with our grandson from Texas to Idaho, we lost our camera gear (it fell off the roof of our car outside Fruita) on July 23.

We didn’t discover the loss until we had reached the Utah Welcome Center. After retracing our steps and contacting the Fruita Police Department, we pretty much gave up. Mr. Smith found it on Interstate 70 while on his way fishing near Loma. His family viewed our pictures, located our daughter’s name on a hospital bracelet, and tracked us down through Facebook.

They then mailed our gear to us in Idaho. We cannot thank them enough for returning not only our memory cards containing irreplaceable trip photos, but also our camera gear. More importantly, they confirmed our belief that there really are good people out there.

MICHAEL AND MARY FORMAN
Leakey, Tx.



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