Email letters, May 2, 2014

Extensive, advanced health services readily available in valley

On April 29 The Daily Sentinel reported representatives from Community Hospital stated there were many health care-services – high-risk obstetrics, neonatology, cancer care, advanced cardiovascular care, neuroscience and trauma – frequently unavailable in communities such as Grand Junction.

This may be true in other communities, but it is not true in Grand Junction, and the implication does a disservice to our community and the dedicated individuals who deliver exceptional care every day. The reality is that these services have been available in Grand Junction, some for decades.

St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center has provided oncology care since the early 1940s. By investing in cancer-care physicians and staff, we have reduced the need to go to Denver or an out-of-state cancer center at a time when patients value their family and friends’ support. Without leaving Grand Junction, St. Mary’s patients may also be candidates for national clinical trials testing cancer treatments, which are promising treatments not yet available at other cancer centers.

St. Mary’s has a comprehensive heart and vascular program with three cardiovascular surgeons. St. Mary’s cardiac cath labs, opened in 1986, are still the only ones in Mesa County. We can provide our patients both minimally invasive and open-heart surgery.

St. Mary’s neonatal intensive care unit works with our pediatric specialty clinic to care for babies born early or with complex medical needs. The NICU has been caring for our smallest, most vulnerable patients for more than 20 years. St. Mary’s maternal-fetal medicine clinic, opened in 2008, cares for moms and babies in complicated and high-risk pregnancies.

Our stroke-trained and fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologists complement the brain and spine services provided by our staff neurosurgeons. And we are the only certified primary stroke center in the region. As the only Level II trauma center between Denver and Salt Lake City, St. Mary’s has trauma and specialty surgeons available around the clock to provide the region’s highest level of care for accident and trauma victims.

The best health care is received in collaboration — the patient, primary caregiver and specialist working together. It is provided locally, close to support of family and friends.

We congratulate Community Hospital in its new venture; however, St. Mary’s philosophy has been to serve the demonstrated needs of the region by investing in the personnel and technology that keep health care local and personal.

CHRISTOPHER J. STEEN, M.B.A.

Vice President, St. Mary’s Medical Group
Grand Junction


Grant must want spot on MSNBC

Bill Grant could start every column with “all Republicans and conservatives are evil and wrong because.” Apparently he is auditioning for a spot on MSNBC. Can’t he ever put aside his prejudices and just report the unbiased facts?

L.W. HUNLEY
Grand Junction

PERA a sound retirement fund fully vetted for integrity

As a retiree from Mesa County Valley School District 51, I am pleased to be one of more than 3,200 Public Employees Retirement Association beneficiaries in Mesa County. My husband and I have chosen to live here in Mesa County since 1976, during which time we worked, raised our children and owned homes. We have now retired.
 
My only retirement comes from PERA, the fund to which I contributed a set part of my salary each month, as did my employer. Those contributions, plus those of other employers, other school employees, state troopers, state Department of Transportation workers, corrections officers and other public employees have been invested by PERA and provide current and future retirees with stable incomes which we reinvest in our local Colorado communities — over $109 million annually in Mesa County alone.

I appreciate the integrity and work the PERA board members did to mitigate the impact the 2008 recession had on our fund and their fiscal responsibility to PERA members to get PERA fully funded and to keep us informed.

PERA is under state oversight and received a clean financial audit from one of the country’s
premier independent accounting firms. The state auditor, under the supervision of the Legislative Audit Committee, hires the accounting firm. Additionally, PERA’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report consistently receives recognition awards for excellence in financial reporting and transparency.

SUE BRAY

Grand Junction

PERA fund does not tap into Colorado taxpayers’ pockets

I was encouraged to see a positive story about the PERA retirement fund’s 2013 investment returns being “north of 13 percent.” PERA may not be perfect or fully funded, but the residents of Colorado are not bailing out the fund.

The fund is sustained by member and employer contributions and by the above referenced investment returns. PERA supports 6,463 retired residents on the Western Slope of Colorado, which supports 1,241 jobs in our communities, lending economic support and stability in our unstable times.

Colorado should be proud to have an “above average” and sustaining defined benefit program for our school, municipal and state employees.

JIM BERGER
Montrose

PERA employees spend their retirement checks here in the community

Thank you, to Gary Harmon and The Daily Sentinel for the April 29 article regarding the Public Employees Retirement Association. The article resulted from a meeting between the paper’s editorial board and PERA Executive Director Greg Smith.

Several important statistical facts were cited in the article. However, I noted a couple which I thought were equally important that your readers might like to know. I believe these are important to the economy of Mesa County. 

While Colorado PERA retirees were sharing $3.7 billion in benefits in 2013, the 3,242 Mesa County PERA retirees were paid  approximately $109 million, most of which went to pay for goods and services and to pay taxes here in Mesa County. I thought your readers would like to know the economic impact we PERA retirees have, and will continue to make, in this county with our PERA benefit checks in the coming years. 

I am proud to say that I, as well as most of the other 3,241 retirees receiving and spending those benefits, was a public employee living right here in Mesa County.

JIM HAPTONSTALL
Western Division Chairman
Colorado School and Public Employees Association  
Palisade  

Email reveals administration’s cover-up on Benghazi attack

On April 29 an e-mail from President Obama’s key staff members was released, thanks to a federal court ruling forcing this information from the most transparent administrations in American history.

It clearly exposes the Obama administration’s full intent to hide the truth about the events on Sept. 11, 2012, and to further deceive the American people about what factually transpired that day. This e-mail included President Obama’s talking head, Jay Carney, and was directed to then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice. The White House knowingly provided her with false statements, in order for her to disseminate these false statements to the American public on five Sunday shows.

For weeks afterward, Obama, Hillary Clinton and others in the administration continued to perpetuate these false statements, and since that time they have stonewalled Congress and the American people regarding the truth about Benghazi.

Why would these corrupt politicians do this? By misinforming the American people, they were hoping to buy enough time to win the 2012 election, before the truth leaked out.
On May 1, Brig. Gen. Robert Lovell testified that they could have and should made an attempt to rescue Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans at the consulate in Benghazi, and yet received no orders from President Obama to do so.

Just as with so many other famous Obama statements such as, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan — period”, “I will hold those accountable for Benghazi,” “there are all these phony scandals”, and, yes, “there is not a smidgeon of corruption regarding the IRS scandal,” it is becoming transparently clear that there is not a smidgeon of truth, honesty or integrity coming out of this administration.

DON BOYLES

Grand Junction

Juvenile belligerence had no place in De Beque BLM meeting

Juvenile chest-pounding when a lot of people want to understand a problem and then work out a solution is never helpful. Belligerent macho behavior brings up the hair on the back of my neck. Not out of fear, but anger and confusion.

At the BLM meeting in De Beque, one puffed-up male wanted to challenge the BLM people, and the audience applauded his juvenile act. We need to remember that government workers, whether local, state or federal, are all working stiffs just like the rest of us. The lease problems started from an elected government headed by Vice President Dick Cheney as he bypassed normal procedure to gear the United States for the Iraq War.

The truth is, the problem is not the “United States government.” This government is “elected” by us, the citizens. We are our own worst enemies.

Now we are starting to fight one another. I really doubt anyone wants the Idaho/Montana “militia” guys here like are still haranguing Bunkerville Nevada. (See:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nevada-ranchers-neighbors-weary-attention-23548432

BENITA PHILLIPS
Palisade

Southern-born presidents helped create our socialist utopia

Today’s Sentinel printed the second letter of the week from someone obviously from the far, far left (socialist) claiming that the South is peopled by uneducated people.

This seems extremely odd as three presidents that the far, far (socialist) worship as gods helped create this socialist utopia in which we now find ourselves mired — Lyndon Johnson (Texas), Jimmy Carter (Georgia) and Bill Clinton (Arkansas).  They were all Southern born and raised. Odd, isn’t it?

GARY MONTGOMERY

Grand Junction

Democrats in nation’s history responsible for acts of racism

Bill Hugenberg must be working from his own sense of guilt when it comes to racism. Conservatives and Republicans have long been the champions of freedom.

Hugenberg needs a quick review of history.

Democrats led the South out of the union over the election of Abraham Lincoln, a Republican. Democrats manned the trenches and fought with the Confederacy to keep African-Americans slaves. After the war, Democrats in the South formed the Ku Klux Klan. Democrats in the South created the Jim Crow Laws and took away the freedom that thousands of dead union soldiers had won for Southern slaves. Republicans were not elected in the South for 100 years.

Then there were Democrats like George Wallace and Robert Byrd, who fought the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s. President Johnson would have never succeeded without Republican support to pass landmark Civil Rights Legislation.

Fast forward to today. Donald Sterling is not just a racist. He is a died-in-the-wool Democrat who gave millions of dollars to the Pelosi and Obama campaigns. He was in line to win his second award from the NAACP for his service to the African American Community, when the reality came to light.

The local tea party members are racists? Did the Sentinel editorial board not read the article by Duffy Hayes? This weekend’s tea party rally at Lincoln Park featured Derrick Wilburn, head of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and American Conservatives of Color. Rallies in past years have featured Ryan Frazier, a prominent Denver-area conservative (also African American) and Niger Innes, a prominent African-American who works with Herman Cain and is a Fox News Contributor.

Hugenberg and Democrats can no longer defend the lies being perpetuated by the current administration and so turn to the tried and true of obfuscation by spouting more lies. Shame on Hugenberg for writing a letter packed with untruths; Shame on the Sentinel editorial board for giving it unwarranted publicity.

KEVIN McCARNEY
Clifton


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Mr. McCarney is right about the Tea Party not being racist. GJResult held the first Tea Party in Grand Junction with the featured speaker being Ryan Frazier and was proud to have him.

This get together on Sat. May 3 is not being sponsored by a tea party. Freedom!Colorado is not a registered tea party, they are masquerading as one the way WSCA did. They are more accurately known as representatives of the MC GOP operating in a way that tries to convince the public that they are truly conservative so they can give the GOP candidates a Tea Party endorsement like they did Scot Tipton.

They use Americans For Prosperity to pay the insurance and bills and to give them some credibility as being independent from the GOP. I would bet that the Koch brothers have no idea who and what they are promoting.

Sorry Dennis, TEA Party is an event not a Party. When is your next event? Oh that’s right, all you guys can do is claim success for an event you did not plan in 2009 and then complain when other Conservatives get together. There is no masquerade, we are filling the need that your group can not, because you have alienated just about everyone in the Valley. When was your last event? the Obama speech at Grand Junction? Over two years ago. What have you done since? Where have you helped one Conservative Cause? I did not see you in DeBeque fighting for the economy of the Western Slope. I have not seen you at City Hall fighting for budget sense. I have not seen you at the PLAA events standing up to the BLM. I did not see you at last year’s gun rallies. All of these were put on by cooperating Conservative groups.

Thanks for putting the same old arguments up again. We will keep on fighting for the Conservative Causes on the Western Slope. You guys can keep on doing nothing.

Easy there Mr. McCarney, I would hate to see your blood pressure sky rocket. Before you get off on any more of your ranting I would suggest you verify your information (you won’t need a lie detector for this).

This is a quote from the original flyer for that event…“FOR MORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES, CONTACT: gjresult.com
and if you want to help insure we “get er done”, volunteer. Contact admin or americanpatriot at “gjresult.com” and ask what you can do? Reprint this announcement and distribute it in your area and stay “connected” to “gjresult.com” for the latest info”.

I will gladly furnish you with a copy of the entire flyer if you would like. Then there is this link. http://www.nbc11news.com/11today/headlines/43070097.html

How many times are you going to change your group’s name to keep people from connecting you to the GOP? You know most people who keep up on what is going on do remember that you were 2nd vice chair of the MC GOP and that you still kiss their ring. We also know that the Republican Party puts out email blasts for you using a name registered to us, Freedom Colorado (No ! point) which you were advised by our lawyer to cease and desist using.

Easy there yourself DP or AP or whatever letters you go by. We all know how you do business, illegally cybersquatting on corporate names. Pat yourself on the back and be proud. Why didn’t you call me bobble head, isn’t that your nickname for me.

As I said, you guys keep doing what you don’t do, and we will keep defending Conservatives. By the way, I changed my affiliation to Unaffiliated last year, what is yours? Or are you even registered to vote? Who kisses the Party Ring? Ha ha ha.

Mr. McCarney, I don’t know you and have no idea what your nickname is and could care less what you like to be called. I was raised to show respect for others and will continue to address you as Mr. McCarney. Once again you seem to be accusing me of being someone else. Once more I ask you to prove that I am not who I say I am. The last time you made those accusations you wanted to use a lie detector but we let the Daily Sentinel settle the matter. Have you forgotten that little item? Maybe you have just been too busy “organizing” to remember that so I will excuse you this time.


There is nothing illegal about reserving a name with the Sec. of State, it is done by people all the time. What isn’t done often and is illegal is using the name of another group (besides ours) such as the one in Colorado Springs that you tried to use for a while. I think you know who I speak of (Colorado Liberty Alliance) and I can furnish the proof of that also if you would like.

Ahhh, Dennis!
Or should I call you by one of your aliases, AP, American Patriot, Chuck Beacham or Chuck Beauchamp, or this Dennis Patton, PAST board member of gjresult that allows you to use his email because he actually pays for a paper. I understand you now have taken my name as a Tea Party Of 1 and Mad as Hell! Good for you! Lets see now, first you took Western Slope Conservative Alliance, changed it to WSCA “Tea Party” so they couldn’t claim to be a Tea Party. WSCA is now no longer a functioning group. McCarney started Freedom! Colorado, 6 months later you register with Secretary of State as Freedom Colorado and claim they are using YOUR registered name, hahahaha. Now you have taken my name ATPO1 and claim it’s yours, the second time you have taken it (first time it wasn’t even spelled right) and claimed I am using it while it is registered to gjresult, hahahaha I now proclaim it is A Tea Party of 2 and Mad as Hell. Now what? Re-register it! Who cares. A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, by any other name, would smell so sweet. What’s in a name? It’s the actions that count, the things that get done, the effort put into the cause.

McCarney is right, you have alienated every conservative in the valley, that is why you have turned to the left and support the Dems. Kanola, and now the still unannounced candidate for sheriff, Benita Phillips that you told me about last fall. Nice try Chuck, Dennis, AP, Beacham, Beauchamp, APTO1, WSAC Tea Party, Freedom Colorado, gjresult or whatever you want to call yourself today. As McCarney said, Tea Party is an event, not a group. What difference does a name make?

Just look at our poor, poor AMERICA. Look at her and see those that want to lead her. Jeez. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Tim, I know you so I feel I can use your first name in replying. Your comments are so full of lies that it is hard to know where to start.

First you should come clean and tell the truth about why you are not the President of GJResult/TeaParty. No, you didn’t resign as you have been saying, the truth is that three years ago the Board unanimously voted you out of office because you were trying to give the TP endorsement to Scot Tipton without Board approval. There are minutes to that meeting if you would like your memory refreshed. You were acting as a shill for the GOP. GJResult is not, has never been, and will never be a shill for any party. 

The 2nd truth is that you never legally owned the name Tea Party of 1 (no matter how it was spelled). You may have used the name but the Sec. of State’s Office shows no record of you ever having owned it. The name was reserved once and when that ran out it was picked up in January 2014 by gjresult/tea party under Drew’s name.

The 3rd truth is that the name Freedom Colorado was reserved by GJResult.Tea Party in Drew’s name on Feb 14, 2013.  Mr. McCarney did not file any paper work with the Sec. of State’s Office until March 25, 2013.

It is a simple matter to go to the Sec. of State web site and check all of this information to see who is lying and who isn’t. Or, are you accusing gjresult/tea party and the Sec, of State of perpetrating a fraud or committing some conspiracy.??  If a name makes no difference, what is the big deal who registers it? It must be important to you as it seems to have sent you off the deep end. Tim you need to get a grip, I am afraid your health is going to suffer if you don’t calm down.

Ahhh, Chuck,
Yes you do know me, and if you were Dennis you would remember that you (Dennis) quit as Treasurer the same time that I quit as President. Dennis also left the board the same day I did.
I do remember the argument that we had, it wasn’t totally about Tipton but your interference on the board of which you weren’t even a member. I have a recording of that meeting if you don’t remember, I don’t need forged minutes, I have the recording. This was verified by Mr. JJ Haas when he visited our home last week, I don’t think I need to offer any more proof to your unfounded accusations.
I’m not sure how I can be considered a shill for anyone; I changed my affiliation from repub to unaffiliated last fall. I turned repub again this last week to be able to vote in the primary for the best candidate in the race, Pennington. Shill, hahahaha I have complained about the leadership of the repubs much more than you or anyone else. That’s provable.

Names, I do not accept donations, nor do I give contributions to anyone under the name A Tea Party of 1, therefore I don’t need to have a registered name. The reason you want my name is simple, you need to harass and intimidate anyone who doesn’t agree with you.
Freedom! Colorado (McCarney’s group) registered the name on 3-25-2013, your group gjresult, registered the name Freedom Colorado on 10-17 2013. Now maybe my math isn’t good since I am a Tea Party guy, but that’s 6 months before your registration and the reason you’re are after them is for the use of an ! , wow. McCarney can verify this if he wishes but it is on the SOS site under trade names.
I started ATPO1 about a month after I left gjresult, you registered it the first time about 6 months after I used it, why, if not to intimidate? Does it matter, not much, I can change the name again and again. How about a Tea Party of 5? Would you like to register that one too? Do it! Don’t forget the ! !

There is a web site maybe Ruth could look at, it may help you understand your anger and why you do the things you do to people you called friends.
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm
Ruth, I hope it helps.

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