Email letters, Nov. 20, 2012

Families ought to prepare for hikes in energy, taxes

Charles Ashby’s article today is nothing more than an effort to embarrass and divide conservatives and Republicans in Mesa County. His attempt to portray me as something other than an aware citizen concerned about the future of my country and the well-being of Mesa County falls far short of the truth.

It’s the modus operandi of Ashby and others at the Sentinel to marginalize the conservative movement in Mesa County. These writers may want to remember that Mesa County and our sister counties in Western Colorado are deep red and all voted overwhelmingly for conservative principles and Republican candidates in this last election.

Jerry Hunsinger is an honest broker who is echoing the sentiments of thousands in Mesa County and millions across the United States who understand that the federal government has outgrown its constitutional boundaries and is out of the control of the people. Ashby might take a moment and remember that as the United States Constitution gives the states the authority to form the federal government, it also gives the people the right to dissolve it.

No one is planning insurrection, but these concerns are in the hearts of patriots who love their freedom and who see that the current administration is whittling away at the very thing that our warriors have fought and died to defend for centuries.

As for me, I want families in Mesa County to have a measure of security in the face of a coming economic storm. Layoffs are pending in many local businesses, and the “fiscal cliff” and “taxmageddon” are realities that loom at the beginning of 2013 if our Congress and president do not act with speed and wisdom.

Families need to be prepared for inflation, increased energy prices and rising taxes—not to mention possible unemployment. One easy way to do that is to store extras of your everyday provisions in your home. This means simply purchasing extras of the food, dry goods, medication, etc. that you use every day.

If Ashby thinks these positions are strange or extreme, he might want to check his own perceptions of the realities we face.

MARJORIE HAUN
Grand Junction

Common sense dictates preparation for ‘storm’

Charles Ashby has once again missed the mark in his efforts to fault Marjorie Haun for encouraging people to store food, medicines and emergency supplies in preparation for possible emergencies and disasters.

Every day we read about the coming “storm,” “the financial cliff” and other ominous predictions in The Daily Sentinel. Not only has the federal government recommended that people prepare for all sorts of possible disasters, but common sense would also recommend it.

How much better off would the victims of Katrina and Sandy have been if they had followed the advice to be prepared? The Boy Scouts of America for generations found that to “be prepared” is a good motto and a reasonable course of action, and so should we.

DIANE COX
Palisade

Doctor correctly diagnosed societal ills of legal MJ

Dr. Straw, what a great letter you had published in the Sentinel on Nov. 16 regarding Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana. You covered both common sense and facts.

I was shocked and disbelieving when it passed here in Colorado. That must have been what I heard was the majority of Colorado voters singing “California, Here We Come” on their way to the polls.

Ninety percent of what is to come from 64 will be very bad.

WILL EIDSON
Fruita

Union pushed Wonder Bread management to ‘tipping point’

When I was a child, I played a game I’ll call “tipping point.” I would carefully maneuver my sister into visible range of either or both of my parents and then tease and aggravate her until she exploded into violence.

Her observed conduct combined with feigned injury and complete innocence by me would usually bring her swift punishment. Voila! I won. She reached a “tipping point,” crossed the line and fell victim to my trap. It was a great juvenile pastime. Shameful, yes, but nobody was ever hurt or lost a job.

That behavior, however childish, was a lot like the Wonder Bread/bakers union conflict. My game was fueled by juvenile selfishness. The jobs of more than 18,000 people were lost by much the same—juvenile selfishness brought about by a union’s demands. Something finally pushed that company’s management past the “tipping point.” I’m sure union troubles weren’t the only factor that caused the company’s demise, but perhaps it was “the last straw.”

It reminds me of something I read once. It’s eerily reminiscent of Ayn Rand’s book, “Atlas Shrugged,” in which fictional “captains of industry” reached “tipping points” for various reasons and simply walked away.

Look around. I suspect that prophecy may be coming true.

AL CARLEY
Grand Junction

Think twice before buying natural-gas-fueled vehicle

This is just a brief comment on the article in the Sentinel about growing the number of natural gas fueling stations. Just to repeat what I have said in the media before, it is not feasible to make natural gas fuel for everyday use by citizen consumers.

By the time this giant infrastructure is in place, electric cars, bio-fuels, and other sources of fuel technology will be more economically feasible, more competitive and more widespread nationally. Conversion costs for consumer vehicles is too expensive. This whole system could be obsolete quickly.

Also, the cost of gasoline could drop, and the fuel economy of newer vehicles is getting better. The national fuel standard of 54 mpg is only several years away, or it could be moved up. Try trading in your natural-gas-converted car or truck. It does not seem to be a good investment in this fragile economy.

RANDY FRICKE
New Castle

Congress should exempt first quarter-million from tax hikes

All of us can keep taxes the way they are on the first $250,000 we make if the House passes the Senate bill. President Obama has promised to sign it right away, giving businesses and Christmas shoppers stability and keeping the recovery going.

Neither party really wants taxes to go up on the first $250,000, so will Tipton vote to keep taxes low on that amount for all of us? Or will he play politics and let the tax cuts expire?

HARRY MCDONALD
Grand Junction

Cable firms fail to offer loyal clients any breaks

I can’t understand why the cable companies constantly offer fabulous deals to new customers and never offer long-term, loyal customers an occasional incentive to keep subscribing. Instead, the prices keep inching up.

This is not only the local companies but has happened everywhere I have had cable service. It is very poor business practice, in my estimation.

SHIRLEY GREEN
Grand Junction



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