Email letters, January 29, 2014

Does Broncos’ owner want fans to eat cake?

According to the latest head count, more Seahawk fans will now be at the Super Bowl game than Bronco fans. Apparently the Bronco organization feels it needs money by scamming its ticket holders and selling those tickets to higher-paying customers.

Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen, who lives in Cherry Hills, started off with a 5,000-square-foot house, which has now been enlarged to approximately 7,000 square feet, complete with turrets similar to those found on a castle.

Perhaps Bowlen wants to be king, and let the Bronco fans eat cake.

LEBARON FORCE
Grand Junction


Reporters must hold politicians more accountable

Does your intrepid Tipton “reporter” ever ask the representative any questions, such as “Which Obama policies are hindering job creation and how?” Another would be “Which Republican proposals would be used to further job creation?”

The nice Republican lady acting as spokesperson for the party used the same talking points in her presentation as our esteemed talking-points mouthpiece. I couldn’t ask her to explain herself in a little more depth.

I’d hoped the local, on the spot “reporter” might ask those questions to help inform us. I know, a senior citizen showing his naiveté. What is the job of the media? To report what a politician said or to probe a little bit for details? Why can’t our local newspaper be a better source of real information than the lame TV stations with their kids learning the ropes of looking presentable and speaking reasonably clearly?

It’s all just politicians doing what politicians do? Isn’t it the job of serious media to hold them accountable? Or is that just ancient history?


JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction


Stats bear out Democrats’ success in improving Americans’ live

Kudos to Gary Harmon for chronicling the latest inanity from our feckless Congressman Scott Tipton:  “Tipton blames Obama for killing jobs, growing disparity.”  Just as he lied to constituents about his vote to shut down the government last year, Tipton earns another “5 Pinocchioes” for willfully distorting President Obama’s economic record. 


In truth, Tipton is merely parroting Republicans’ cynical election-year strategy:  having blocked the president’s economic initiatives for five years, GOP candidates are blaming the results of their own obstructionism on Democrats.


Meanwhile, Tipton needs to get his facts straight.

 

Thus, during the 53 years since 1961, Republicans have controlled the White House for 28 years, Democrats for 25.  Under Republican economic policies, the economy created some 24 million new private-sector jobs; under Democrats – 44 million.


Under Democrat Bill Clinton, the economy created 22 million new jobs while the top marginal tax rate was 49 percent — thereby generating both a balanced budget and a surplus.


Under Republican George Bush, the economy created net zero new jobs, while mindless tax cuts turned that surplus into the largest national debt and annual deficits in history.


Under Democrat Barack Obama, deficits have plummeted and the economy has created 8 million new jobs – even though his “American Jobs Act of 2011” has still not been brought-up for vote in the Republican-controlled House, which wasted its time and taxpayers dollars by voting to “repeal Obamacare” 46 times and by waging a “war on women” (cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits) rather than on joblessness and/or inequality.


The real “job killing” cause of “growing disparity” has been Republicans’ ideological devotion to “supply side” (“trickle-down”) economics – a now thoroughly discredited economic theory that was recently denounced by Pope Francis as a fraud.


So, when Republicans claim they “have plans to close the gap,” lock up your daughters.


BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction



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Lebaron,

Your just scratching the surface. It turns out that the Broncos wouldn’t allow my mother to claim the tickets that she won in the lottery because she wasn’t in good enough health to drive to Denver and pick them up in person.

That is correct despite the fact that she filled out all of the paperwork an legally appointed her daughter to pick them up in Denver. The Broncos elected to keep her tickets.

Shame on them!!

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