Email letters, Sept. 19, 2012

Political ads insult American voters’ intelligence

I can tell it’s election time again because every other ad says, “This is XXXX … and I approved this message.” The closer we get to the election, the more the ads insult our intelligence. I guess desperation and the short time left has caused all the ads to be chock-full of half-truths, out-of-context comments and mind-numbing statistics.

They’re so fast and furious now it’s hard to decide which one to laugh at the hardest before muting it.

For instance, there’s the one about taking away funding from Planned Parenthood. It implies that women will lose cancer screenings and contraception. Do they believe that women are really that stupid? Apparently so.

Another ad implies the country’s problems will continue and get even worse if we elect a man such as the one opposing the president. I seriously doubt that and wonder why he let the mess get this bad to begin with. But, I suppose we’re supposed to believe that, too.

The only ones working and making money these days are the TV stations selling political ads and the filling stations charging four bucks a gallon for gas.

Personally, I don’t believe the voters will tolerate more of this much longer.

AL CARLEY
Grand Junction

Put up ‘closed’ sign for countries wanting foreign aid

Foreign aide should end immediately.

If the president and his aides want to support a foreign country, do it without any monetary support. Send them get-well cards and tell them to look for better days ahead, but stop sending billions of dollars to foreign countries.

We can put all the money that Washington gives away toward the national debt and probably have it paid off in 10 years or so. Stop all foreign aid.

New foreign policy:  Sorry, we’re closed.

CURT CLAUSSEN
Grand Junction

Tipton’s support of Stolen Valor Act shows respect for military

We owe the men and women who have served in our armed forces a lifetime debt for the immense sacrifices they’ve made for this country. Those sacrifices are the reason individuals who falsely portray themselves as decorated service members for personal gain deserve harsh repercussions.

After the Supreme Court struck down the original Stolen Valor Act as an unconstitutional abridgment of free speech earlier this summer, Congress stepped forward to rework the act and continue to protect American veterans.

Congressman Scott Tipton’s sincere support of the revised Stolen Valor Act was just one more example of his apparent respect and gratitude for our military members. It’s so easy for some politicians to place veterans’ affairs on the backburner, but Tipton has been an advocate for these courageous Americans from the start.

He cosponsored legislation expanding access to VA facilities, passed a bill supporting Blue Star Mothers and has worked tirelessly to ensure veterans receive the benefits and resources they deserve by reducing bureaucratic hurdles.

Our veterans and active-duty military members have found a genuine supporter in Tipton. Let’s make sure they retain that representation this November.

STACIA ANN WOMACK
Loma

Pace’s voting record shows indifference toward taxpayers

It’s hard to take Sal Pace seriously when he brags about his taxpayer-friendly, pro-business voting record in the Colorado state legislature. Pace’s indifference toward Colorado taxpayers is anything but friendly, and it’s time he came clean about it.

In only one year, Pace voted in support of nearly $230 million in new taxes, including an increase on things such as sugar packets and napkins for small, family-owned restaurants. Pace also voted in favor of the FASTER tax, which raised taxes $250 million on Coloradans who renewed their vehicle registration.

Maybe it’s because Pace is a career politician with no practical understanding of how tax hikes hurt individuals, inhibit job creation and drive businesses from Colorado, but it certainly seems like he has no regard for the 3rd Congressional District’s hard-working taxpayers.

The Colorado Union of Taxpayers, which ranks state legislators based on their votes to keep taxes low, has given Pace a very poor lifetime rating of 15.77 percent. On the other hand, Congressman Scott Tipton received ratings of 73 percent and 91 percent during his time in the Colorado statehouse and has continued to vote in a way that proves he understands how taxation and regulation affect Colorado’s small businesses and families.

If Pace’s idea of helping the Western Slope is to drive away businesses and inhibit job creation with high taxes, he’s not the representative we need.

CATHIE JORGENSON
Grand Junction

Pace earns Republican’s vote for supporting Simpson-Bowles

Americans must come to the realization that our staggering $16 trillion debt should be the number-one issue in this election. Obama and Romney dance around the issue, selling their “plans” that have no chance of survival in this political climate and no chance of succeeding in fiscal reality.

I read last week that Sen. Bennett would introduce legislation supporting the only plan that would effectively deal with our staggering debt, the Simpson-Bowles Plan. Now I read that Sal Pace also supports Simpson-Bowles.

Even though I am a staunch Republican, I made myself a pledge to support any politician that would support an un-amended version of Simpson-Bowles, so Pace will get my vote and Bennett next time he runs.

I sure hope Obama doesn’t flip-flop and support it; voting for him would be more than I could bear.

DENNIS GORSETT
Grand Junction



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