Email letters, Feb. 15, 2012

No one is perfect, especially in politics

I am writing to suggest that many persons in our society use what I call “lazy thinking” regarding their attitude about politics.

For example, many assume that their favorite candidate for political office is perfect with no areas of incompetency. I have yet to know of any person who is perfect, nor do I know of any candidate who is totally incompetent.

I see no value in this type of thinking other that to totally reject any person other than the one they favor.

It is no wonder we have so many in Congress who behave like spoiled teenagers when so many citizens act like that themselves. We can never expect Congress to behave more appropriately as long as so many of us never behave any better than such politicized politicians blaming others instead of taking responsibility for own behaviors.

It is very unjust that we allow political campaigns to last so long. We waste millions of dollars on ads that do nothing to shed light on the real issues and prolong the inevitable decisions needed to help the public appropriately assess the abilities of candidates to perform appropriately once they are in office.

So, I, therefore, suggest that we as citizens need to improve our thinking and stop feeling that their candidate is perfect and recognize that all persons have their warts which often cause them at times to act incompetently when if office.

Grand Junction

Group is working to get all kids health insurance

On Feb. 9, the “It’s About Kids” network in Mesa County joined more than 75 parents and child advocates in voicing support for investments in children’s health services and legislation that ensure all kids have the opportunity to get a healthy start in life. As concerned citizens who care about the health of local children in our community, we want to be involved in the decisions that impact our state’s children.

In the last five years, Colorado has made real progress towards ensuring all kids have health insurance and access to care they need to grow up healthy and strong. In fact, as cited in the “All Kids Covered” report, Crossing the Finishing Line, between 2008 and 2010, over 40,000 children in Colorado gained health insurance. And, today roughly 90 percent of Colorado kids are covered.

But, despite this progress, there is still work to be done. In Colorado, 8.2 and 10.1 percent of kids remain uninsured — that’s as many as 124,000 children — enough to fill every seat in Sports Authority Field at Mile High one and a half times over. That’s why we believe it was so important to make our voices heard for kids and why we made the trip to Denver last week.

Through Speak Up for Kids’ Health Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado, we learned more about the issues impacting the health and well-being of Colorado kids and how our voice in the debate can make a difference. We also had the opportunity to meet directly with local legislators to express our support for programs and services that improve child health.

It was a wonderful experience to meet with Sen. Steve King, Rep. Laura Bradford and Rep. Ray Scott at the state Capitol. These legislators remain committed to the health and wellbeing of children in Mesa County. We appreciate the amount of time, information and expertise they bring to this conversation. However, not all legislators are as informed as our elected officials and that is why is important for all of us to get involved.

Ensuring kids can get the medical, oral and mental health care they need, when they need it, isn’t too much to ask. By working together and speaking up, we can move Colorado closer to that goal.


St. Joseph’s parish hall bring back good memories

I am a former resident of Grand Junction and periodically like to look at the online version of The Daily Sentinel for news of Grand Junction.

The Sentinel article about St. Joseph’s Church brought back to mind, wonderful memories of the years when I attended St. Joseph’s School which was located behind the church on Grand Avenue. My family lived at 239 White, about a half of a block from St. Joseph’s. My brother and I attended St. Joseph’s and we frequently served mass for Father Bertand and his assistant, Father Kane.

The magnificent stained-glass windows and the Stations of the Cross and all of the church services still play out in my mind. These memories date back to the 1930s and early 1940s. I was playing in a vacant lot located across from the church, on the south west corner of 3rd and White when I first learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I graduated from St. Joseph’s in the summer of 1942.

It is hard to accept the idea that St. Joseph’s Church may have to be torn down. For me, this is a marker on the passing of an era. The people with memories of the church are passing on and in a short time the only place that wonderful church will exist is in the minds of a few of us until we too pass on.

Wilmington, Del.


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