Email letters, Nov. 8, 2012

Dreams of middle-class subscriber encouraged by president

I assume that your front page has now become the editorial page. The first paragraph of your story about President Obama winning the election was someone’s opinion about the state of the nation, certainly not fact. The economy has been improving, and unemployment numbers are down.

I am a middle-class subscriber to your paper, and my dreams have been encouraged, not “crimped,” by the president. Please stick to news in the news section.

JEAN LATOURETT
Paonia

Nation now en route to Democratic Communism

Nov. 6, 2012 was the day America died.

I have never been so disappointed in the American people as I am today. To put Obama back in office after he has done nothing for jobs, nothing on foreign policy and just lied about Benghazi and
the death of four Americans on his watch.

Now, all of you who think you are going to get something free will think again. Obamacare will break most of us as all the pricing for medical care will go up. I have proof of this and have sent letters, but to no avail.

Gas will continue to rise and the division of rich from poor will break America in half. I have never been so ashamed of my country before. We now have a new party and it should be called Democratic Communism, as this is the road we are on. May God help us all.

LARRY SCHULZ
Grand Junction

Is it time to split Colorado into two states?

As I watched the election Tuesday night, I asked myself, “Am I or my family better off than we were four years ago? Let me see, my health insurance has gone up just for me more than $600 a year. Groceries, gas and clothing have increased.”

I know Obama inherited a mess but HE has increased that mess by billions of dollars and borrowing from China. Maybe if he and Michelle hadn’t traveled around at our expense like rock stars, apologizing for the USA, it would have been different.

Also some things to ponder:  Since the I-25 corridor is the only area of Colorado that went blue, maybe we need to divide Colorado into two states right along the Continental Divide. That would give us mineral rights and water. Then Denver and that area could go up in one big doobie.

Those that don’t like our politics can move elsewhere. But wait to sell your houses until after Jan. 1, so you can pay your Obamacare taxes on the sale of your homes. Also we need to repeal the Electoral College. We don’t need other states choosing our presidents for us.

LORIE CULLUM
Grand Junction

State epilepsy month declared to increase awareness of disease

Although our state and country have been focused on the news of our presidential election this week, the month of November deserves attention for another reason -— one very important to a small community of Coloradans. Today, about 50,000 of our neighbors, friends, coworkers and relatives live with epilepsy, facing challenges that many around them don’t know about or understand.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado works every day in support of those living with epilepsy, whether they are newly diagnosed or have been living with epilepsy for years. And this month, Epilepsy Awareness Month, we hope to extend our reach even further. We want to get the word out about the resources and programs we provide as well as raise awareness about the disorder, which can affect 1 in 26 people over their lifetimes. Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have offered their support, signing proclamations about Epilepsy Awareness Month.

We invite all in Grand Junction and across the state to visit http://www.epilepsycolorado.org to learn more about epilepsy and how you can support Epilepsy Awareness Month.  Our goal is to foster understanding and welcoming communities across the state that are empowered to meet the needs of the thousands of families affected by epilepsy every day.

GAIL PUNDSACK

Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
Greenwood Village

Collaboration between public, private sectors needed to fight Alzheimer’s

With National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November, we acknowledge that jaw-dropping numbers underscore the growing tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease. In Colorado alone, 72,000 residents age 65 or older are struggling with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, care for Alzheimer’s patients will involve $200 billion in direct costs alone this year, and those costs are expected to sharply rise to more than $1 trillion by 2050.

The challenge of Alzheimer’s is linked to the ongoing efforts to make the U.S. health care system more cost-effective and patient-focused.  Because Alzheimer’s patients are often unable to manage their own care, it becomes important to manage transitions of care, integrate mental and physical health interventions and use team-based care and in-home medical models.

The conversation around how to most effectively treat Alzheimer’s patients is reaching a critical juncture.  Research trials by biopharmaceutical companies have yielded promising yet mixed results.  The dedicated pursuit of a breakthrough by our best and brightest researchers is what is needed, but that hinges on having a policy environment that supports public and private biomedical research.

Encouragingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first ever U.S. National Alzheimer’s Plan, which includes prevention and effective treatment of the disease by 2025. With this groundwork in place, it becomes imperative to invest resources and manpower in making certain these goals are achieved.

Continued collaboration between the public and private sectors will be critical in ultimately turning the tide on this disease from one with a terminal diagnosis to one that can be managed with early intervention or prevented altogether.

KENNETH THORPE

PhD, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
ROBERT EGGE
Vice President of Public Policy, Alzheimer’s Association
Washington, DC


Chamber’ prematurely supports leasing of public lands

As one of the signers of the letter to the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce last week, urging a reasonable, cautious approach to oil shale development, I felt compelled to respond to your article (Oct. 29, Towns along Colorado River concerned).

I am a third-generation rancher and farmer who has seen his share of droughts and booms and busts with oil shale. Other producers and I are deeply concerned about the water impacts that oil shale will have on our community and way of life. To say that water is scarce and the Colorado River is already over-allocated would be a gross understatement of the very real water challenges we all face in the coming years.

That’s why the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s premature support for commercial leasing of our public lands for industrial-scale oil shale development makes no sense. Not only do we not understand the impacts to our water quantity, quality and local infrastructure that this would have, there’s not even a viable technology for extracting oil shale at present. According even to the reports of the companies themselves, this is not to be expected any time soon.

CHARLES KLASEEN

Crawford

Fox News now influences smaller slice of population

Is Fox News becoming irrelevant? It doesn’t seem to have influenced the last two presidential elections, and the U.S. Senate and House actually picked up seats in this last election. But despite this, it is still the most watched cable news program out there.

This is probably because ALL the conservatives watch Fox while the libs split their viewing among CNN, PBS and MSNBC.

But Fox basically only appeals to the white population, a majority of which voted for Romney. But Fox doesn’t seem to have a pulse of what is going on with the demographics of the rest of the American electorate. And it also has conservative pundits such as Dick Morris, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich, who were wildly inaccurate about predicting the results of this presidential election.

Karl Rove, in particular, made a complete fool of himself election night, questioning every news organization’s call, including Fox News, to give Ohio to Obama. MSNBC, on the other hand, was extremely accurate in saying that the election was going to be close and that the race was leaning toward Obama.

What kind of influence can Fox really have if it is only appealing to a demographic which is steadily decreasing in size? And what is its believability factor when its pundits come off as a bunch of buffoons? Fox News, like the Republican Party, will have to soon wake up and smell the coffee lest it becomes ordinary background chatter in America’s political conversation.

JIM CIHA
Grand Junction

Majority of Americans understand need for a long economic recovery

The Great White Hope has two meanings now in regard to the election. One is that Republicans have been suffering from a moral loss since 1932 when Roosevelt put an end to the systemic causes of the Great Depression, even though it was not until after World War II that the economy was restored.

That was over 12 years! The parallels have never been as close as they are presently, and it’s Romney and Ryan who want to take a similar credit. They do so ingenuously; they want people to believe this know-nothing person of questionable heritage goofed up on the recovery. That would be a good reward: being a Republican, being white and winning the election. The question would be: How would lowering taxes and maintaining services work?

The majority of American people have spoken. They know that it’s unfair to put egg on the face of only four years of a long recovery, not to mention the disparaging, subliminal racial innuendos.

On behalf of Congress, Grover Norquist, let my people go! Half the Congress is held hostage to a false pledge. Congress has a higher calling from the people, for the nation.

Don’t be cowed by the term “fiscal cliff.” It is merely a step to recovery. Work together or die trying. Be more than just a series of elephants on parade, trunk to tail.

FRED STEWART
Grand Junction

SuperPACS pumped up economy with negligible effect on election

A big thank-you to Karl Rove and his American Crossroads superPAC for taking $400 million out of the bank accounts of the super rich and returning it to the American economy by buying negative advertising (including the billboards that we saw here in Grand Junction) that had no noticeable effect on the election.

JIM CRITTENDEN
Grand Junction

Election shows decline of Biblical values in country

More than anything I think the outcome of the election reveals the declining influence of Biblical values in America.

Despite the fact that Romney lived a life based on Biblical principles, he was successfully painted as radical who was out of step with “American values.”

After all, what could be worse than believing that:
• Babies in the womb have a right to live.
• God’s plan for marriage is between a man and a woman.
• God is wrong when He says, “Thou shalt not covet.”

Obama was successful in making people believe that even though our Constitution guarantees everyone the “right to life” it doesn’t apply to babies in the womb. That you are a bigot to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And that it’s only fair for you to have a right to what someone else has earned by the sweat of his/her brow.

Should we be surprised at the outcome? We watched the followers of Obama boo God and yell at the top of their lungs that they did not want Him or His plan for marriage or the protection of the unborn included in their platform.

This election revealed that a majority of Americans are no longer listening to godly voices. Obama fed them fables, and they believed him instead of God’s Word and the U.S. Constitution.

JEAN NELSON
Tucson, Ariz.



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As an Obama supporter I have no expectation of ‘free stuff’ and none of the others I know do.  I, and they, prefer his policies to those espoused by the GOP and Mr. Romney. 

Nor was the I25 corridor the only part of the state that was ‘blue.’  Quite a few western counties were as well—Routt, Eagle, Gunnison, Pitkin, San Miguel to name a few off the top of my head.  Meanwhile, numerous eastern counties went red.  Colorado is truly a purple state.  Perhaps rather than blaming fictitious Fox News-created boogeymen who want ‘free stuff,’ or blaming the hurricane, or TV news, the Colorado GOP might behave as adults and ask themselves what they might do differently if they do not like these consequences.

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