Email letters, November 26,  2013

Broncos will be fortunate to make it into big game

Aw, don’t the Broncos just break your heart?

In the second half the Pats played to win the game. The Broncos played to maintain the status quo.

Maintaining the status quo won’t cut it in the big game … if the Broncos are even lucky enough to make it to the big game now….

The steps they are hearing behind them are those of San Diego.

JAMES OWEN
Fruita

After long abuse of filibuster by GOP, Dems went nuclear

The op-ed piece in Friday’s paper, “Senate goes nuclear,” stated that [during the Bush administration] “it was the minority Democrats in the Senate who routinely used the filibuster to block Bush’s nominees to the federal bench and other positions.” In fact, the Democrats did use the filibuster seven times during Bush’s administration.

In comparison, the Republicans have used it 72 times during Obama’s. From the Eisenhower administration to today, the total number of filibusters used to block presidential nominees is 92 (New York Times, 11/21/13, p. 1).

The Republicans have abused the filibuster since 2008; hence, the Democrats exercised the nuclear option.

SUSAN ANKER
Grand Junction

U.S. nuclear deal with Iran illustrates power of diplomacy

The nuclear deal brokered by the United States and Iran in Geneva is historic. Just as the agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons demonstrated, diplomacy makes the world a safer place.

Now comes the hard part: U.S. diplomats are working to secure a final agreement to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran. I hope my senators and representative will publicly support these efforts and oppose calls by some in Congress for more sanctions.

As former national security advisors Zbigniew Brezinski and Brent Scowcroft have pointed out, “additional sanctions now against Iran ...  will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.”  Sabotaging diplomacy would jeopardize the unprecedented progress our diplomats have achieved to guard against yet another war and nuclear-armed nation.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation has more on supporting this unprecedented deal: fcnl.org/iran.

WAYNE FLICK
Cimarron

Jim Spehar shouldn’t appoint himself as hunting spokesman

I can deal with Bill Grant’s columns because his liberal bent is to be expected. I cannot deal with the smart-mouthed and misinformed column by Jim Spehar. To end his column with the comment that he “managed to fill his in-state elk tag without the aid of even a 15-round magazine” is not only inflammatory rhetoric but also ignorant.

I could respond that we need to ban knives and other types of firearms because many more people are killed with them than the “15-round magazines.” That, in turn, would add nothing to the conversation and be ignorant rhetoric, just like Spehar’s column.

As for his comments that hunters are still flocking to Colorado so nobody cares about the new gun laws, what he fails to mention is that for the most part hunters have decided that to boycott hunting would hurt their friends
and businesses more than the Front Range Democrats and their West Slope shills like Spehar. What hunters are doing is using the ballot box to punish ignorance, and it is working well.

To say that the Durango recall failed is another attempt to misinform voters. There was never a recall on the ballot. Some local citizens tried to start one but were unable to do it because of the vast expanse of rural areas they had to canvas. Take a trip from Durango to Lake City and you will figure it out. I can promise you that next year the recall will happen at the election ballot box.

Spehar does not represent the shooters or the hunters of Colorado any more than I do. He should stop trying to appoint himself the hunting spokesman. He is Gov. Hickenlooper’s western mouthpiece. No more, no less.

DANIEL MOORE
Fruita

Medical assistants may be forcing polite patients to fib

Think about it: The patient goes to a doctor or dentist appointment. The patient enters the office, checks in at the reception desk and finds a seat in the waiting room. An undeterminable amount of time later, and almost always young female medical assistant opens the door to the operatory quarter and calls out the patient’s name. The patient enters the door being held open by the assistant, who invariably asks, “And how are you today? “

Think about it. The great majority of people going to the above scenario have a physical or mental problem that is giving them enough pain or discomfort to be entering this facility. The vast majority would rather not be there.

Asking the question, “How are you doing?” requires a response from a polite patient. Should the patient be untruthful and say “OK” or truthful and say, “Not well and that’s why I’m here”? Or should the patient be impolite and ignore the inappropriate question?

Instead, how about: “Welcome” or “It’s a lovely day” (if it is) or “We’re happy to see you” or, should the assistant know the patient and a bit of history, such a line as “Hope you’re feeling better today.” These are all statements, as opposed to questions that, politely, require a response ——something with which I think most people in that situation would be quite content

Think about it.

DAVID COOPER
Clifton



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