Email letters, Dec. 3, 2012

Friends of Northern Dolores share delight in Juanita Arch

I so enjoyed Bill Haggerty’s recent article about his hike to “Wonderful Juanita Arch,” as his descriptions brought back fantastic memories of my own. Last fall my husband, our little dog, Mr. B, and I joined a group of folks with the Friends of Northern Dolores for a similar adventure in search of Juanita Arch within the wild Maverick Canyon.

We canoed across the muddy Dolores and scrambled through rough-and-tumble Maverick Canyon. Rounding a bend for the first glimpse of the immensity of that natural bridge was a real “wow” moment.

On our return hike down to the Dolores, light, refreshing rain began fall. As the canyon opened to show us what seemed like a never-ending view extending down Maverick Canyon, across the Dolores and into Sinbad Valley, a silence fell over our group. The fading autumn light and the moisture in the air had turned the landscape around us into a dream-like, water-colored reality. A magical moment indeed!

Needless to say, it was an incredible afternoon. We found ourselves inspired not only by the contours and crevices of the canyon, but as well by the FOND supporters we met. Their enthusiasm for the wilderness and for the hiker’s enjoyment of it was a delight. Their vision of a National Conservation Area designation for this area (which would include Maverick Canyon and Juanita Arch) definitely has my support.

News media complicit in re-electing president

I believe that the misinformed are those that rely on the main street media that has for the last four years done everything to get the president elected.

For all things going on in this country, the regular news media does not show how bad the direction of this country, led by the current president and Democrats, is going. All they could do was blame the past administration, the Middle East or someone else. Now who will be the scapegoat? 

Today you still do not have the truth of how we lost four great Americans because of the misinformation and cover-up; they were afraid what it would do to the election. Everything was wait ‘til after the election.

After the election who will be blamed now for all the ills that will come to pass over the next four years?  Or will it be the same?  How easy it is to call the other side racists and against women. There is your main street news media.


Grand Junction

White House fiscal plan akin to giving teens unlimited credit

As our nation speeds toward the “fiscal cliff,” we now have the inmates running the asylum in Washington D.C. Soaring off the “fiscal cliff” looks like a joyride compared to the alternative recently proposed by the White House. It recommended they be given “unlimited” ability to raise the debt ceiling (now at measly +$16 trillion), $1.6 trillion in new tax revenues, $50 billion in new stimulus and an extension of unemployment benefits another year. They will sacrifice $400 billion in Medicare benefits. Are you kidding me?

Americans might just as well give teenagers their credit card and permit them unlimited credit. Oh, by the way, kids, you don’t need to find work for another year, as there won’t be any jobs. We will tax those “greedy” business owners and the “wealthy” to pay down your credit card. If that isn’t’ enough, we will use some of your grandparents’ Medicare benefits.

Where is the cliff? I’ll jump!

Grand Junction

Illegal drug dealers will laugh all the way to bank

An interesting thought. Has anybody given any thoughts as to how hard the illegal drug dealers are laughing?  I am sure they will continue to deal in their products, not worrying about the legal competition.

After all, they will continue to grow and sell their products for $5-10 less than the competition since the “alley” dealers will not be paying any taxes, insurance or any other related overhead costs. There will be minimal tax revenue for the schools until the legitimate business dealers go broke. The potheads will still have their goodies. Thank you, Colorado voters.

Black marketers in any activity have yet to comply with all the laws with which legitimate business has to comply.


Shockley’s health care article ably addressed complicated subject

Congratulations on your informative and comprehensive report on Mesa County Health Care in the Nov. 25 edition. I now understand why it has been so difficult to obtain physician services in Grand Junction.

I actually had to drop a highly regarded Medicare advantage plan (USAA) and enroll in Rocky Mountain Health Plans to be accepted as a patient by a local primary physician. In my experience, it appears that local specialist physicians either accept or deny appointments based on the type of Medicare insurance the patient is enrolled in, even with a referral from a local physician.

It seems that the National Affordable Health Care Act, making health insurance available for everyone, will leave many patients with no access to a doctor, since, as your article stated, doctors will only accept 30 percent of patients with government (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) insurance, regardless of the type of advantage plan they buy from an insurance company.

Emily Shockley did a great job of writing about a complicated subject so important to everyone. Only a local newspaper could have possibly provided such an in-depth, truthful report. I hope to see more articles in this subject in the future.

Grand Junction

Carbondale community shows its love of a great man

On Nov, 14 family and friends of John C. Martin laid him to rest. The Carbondale community and the world have lost a very large man (pun intended). John was not only large in stature, but he was a huge friend to countless numbers of people, and he had a heart to match his size. John’s going-away party was a fine tribute to a man respected by all who knew him. On behalf of John’s family and The Pour House family, I’d like to express our thanks to the many friends who volunteered their time, food, friendship and love to make John’s memorial a fitting celebration of a man whose life touched so many.

I’d first like to say thanks to Emma Danciger for her hospitality and the use of her barn for the memorial. No more fitting place could have been found to celebrate the passing of a rancher, a farmer, a man of the earth. Her cowboys were right there to help with whatever we needed, and I thank them also.

Bob and Karen Fullerton and the outstanding staff of Desert Sky Creative Catering handled the food and bar service with their usual professional, friendly style. John’s longtime friend and business partner, Bill Rice, cooked the pig and the turkeys, Bob Fullerton added the ribs, and the staff at the Pour House provided side dishes. There were also countless appetizers and desserts donated by too many folks to name here, but you know who you are, and we are grateful for your kindness and caring.

Jamie Schuerich and his Mountain Party Rental Company stepped up with the chairs and tables so we could all sit and enjoy the great food. The staff of the Pour House and friends of John’s donated many hours to set up tables, decorate same and see that all was in order for our friend’s farewell.

If I have missed anyone, I apologize.  I add you to all those who gave your love and support to the family when I say thanks to our community. If a man is to be measured by the number and the quality of his friends, John Martin was a giant. Thank you. 

Manager, The Pour House

Fox News number one in reporting thanks to refusal to slant left

I was astounded to find out from David Cooper’s letter that Alan Colmes and Juan Williams weren’t liberals. Both have stated that they were, and Colmes is about as far-left as one can go. Cooper evidently believes, as do most liberals, that if you don’ believe as they do, then you have to be wrong.

Fox News has been number one in news reporting for 16 years with more viewers than NBC, CBS and ABC along with CNN put together because they tell the news as it really is and don’t slant it toward the left like 90 percent of the news media do. Most of the media were in Obama’s camp this past election, and that is fact.

It would be nice if Cooper would watch a fair newscast instead of taking the word of his friends so that he could be more fair in his comments.


Debt, deficits are aftermath of spending spree

Let’s review: Like it or not, George W. Bush was president for eight years. He, along with Congress, followed Republican principles of deregulation and lax enforcement of rules already on the books. He, along with Congress, also enacted a very expensive pharmaceutical program and two very expensive wars. He, along with Congress, did these things for our benefit but did not raise our taxes to pay for them.

Unfortunately, the deregulation experiment resulted in bad behavior on the part of people in many parts of our government and economy that resulted in the economic bust from which we are slowly extricating ourselves. The bust resulted in the decline of government revenues. That, plus the fact that government actions, on our behalf, that we were not asked to pay for have created large deficits and added debt that needs to be dealt with.

Now, Congress is negotiating with the president to determine the best way, in a depressed economy, to finally pay for the stuff we have already bought and “enjoyed.” What a concept! Pay for what you buy.

Now the kicker. Elements in Congress say that programs people have been paying for all their lives will have to be scaled back, but preferably killed. The very rich are paying less in taxes than they have historically. The military industrial complex is bloated out of control. Tax dodges for the wealthy proliferate. Wages are stagnant, people are suffering and the method to pay for what was purchased for us is to harm the very safety nets designed to help people cope —particularly in times like these?

It’s time for those who don’t like safety nets for the vast majority of us to very publicly explain why safety nets cannot be part of government projects. Show your colors.

Grand Junction

Studies claiming over-treatment anger breast cancer patient

I recently read an article you had, “Mammograms lead to unneeded treatment.” It is kind of ironic, but the very same day you ran the article, I received a phone call from a pathologist at Community Hospital stating that a biopsy I had gotten the day before came back positive as cancer.

I am 51 and get my mammogram every year in the fall. I had no idea the lump was even there, as I have very lumpy, bumpy, fibrous tissue. I had gone in for my first mammogram Nov. 2 and then was called back in for another lateral view screening. The radiologist did not like what she saw and did an ultrasound the same day. Then a biopsy was scheduled for the day before your article ran.

I am just beginning this journey, but I can tell you one thing:  I am not taking any chances; I will have it removed. I have two beautiful grandchildren whom I want to see graduate from high school. The cancer is at stage two, and if I would have waited another year for a screening, there is a possibility it could be at stage 4 by then. I recommend to women to continue self-examining and get a mammogram once a year.

These studies make me angry. How do they know women are overtreated? Do they let certain cancers grow in women, possibly even causing death, to get their results? I would rather take my chances with a biopsy and know for sure, than to just let it grow and see what happens.

Women should keep examining and keep doing the mammograms. I never thought it would happen to me. It’s always somebody else. Well, it happened to me.


Anonymous letter writer earns nickname

I have made an acquaintance through the mail with someone who most decidedly disagrees with my letters published in the Sentinel. My problem with this “acquaintance” is that all his letters are unsigned. Thus, we have no way of discussing whichever of my opinions upset him. He gets my address from the phone book, as my letters are always signed when published. So, he could have called to discuss the issues, but has not. I have therefore opted to call him “Mr. Coward.”

Coward began his anonymous mailings denigrating my intelligence back in 2004 or 2005. His favorite phrase seems to be “My God Man!” and “Damn!”  In truth, I rather enjoyed his letters until he sent a card one day with the greeting “Do Me A Favor Eat S—- And Die.”  This disturbed my wife considerably, and she recommended I turn that over to the police. I did not, but I did save it, along with each letter. 

I’m sure my choice of name is not your favorite, Mr. C., but what else could I use in the circumstances?

Grand Junction

Jefferson’s words worth reviewing in current political climate

Our Constitution was created in only a few months in 1787. It evolved because of a need to escape oppression by separation from England. American desperation fueled the engine of change. And even though it was written by and for people in the 18th century, it’s as readable and relevant today as then.

The 55 men who met in Philadelphia in the summer of that year came from varied backgrounds, 12 states, different occupations and degrees of education, each bringing to the table separate wants and desires. But, they put aside those differences for the common good long enough to compile a remarkable document. It was a bitter pill to swallow for many, requiring compromise, but the chips were down and time was running out.

Now comes the “fiscal cliff,” the spend-and-borrow credit storm that’s been gathering for years. An out-of-control shopping spree. The politicians moan, “The survival of the economy is at stake!” But they helped it happen. And, like the writing of the Constitution, a solution to this mess will require compromise and putting aside partisanship. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and even though the chips are down and time is running short, they play a game of “chicken,” the common good be damned. And we wonder why we suffer when politicians make bad decisions.

One reason can be found in several things Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “... when all government…in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided ... and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated” and “When governments fear the people there is liberty. When people fear the government there is tyranny.”

I think maybe the government’s gotten too big for its britches.

It only takes an occasional rereading of some of Jefferson’s writings to see just how much out of whack the government is. As one comedian once said to the other, “Well, it’s a fine mess you’ve gotten us into this time.”

So, don’t just cry about it on the Sunday shows. Do something!

Grand Junction
Republicans will need to make their remaining cards count

Will the House and the president make a deal? The Republicans in the House were elected to hold the line on taxes and spending. Remember they were re-elected, too. The president was elected by a coalition of the needy to fight for maintaining its benefits.

Let’s stop talking about the fiscal cliff as if whatever is done before the end of the year is going to avert a financial collapse. If the government doesn’t start seriously managing its revenues and expenses, we will collapse. Avoiding this collapse takes both the president and the House working together for the next two years. The stock market is holding up fairly well. Markets seem to understand that no deal would be better than a bad deal.

Republicans are left with only a few good cards to play, so they have to make them count. The president has upped the ante and is now demanding a free pass to increase the debt ceiling whenever he wants. Now that would cause the markets to twitch. I’d call his bluff. Being concerned about a healthy economy should trump providing free stuff.

Raising taxes for those earning $250,000 or more raises $80 billion a year and deficit spending exceeds $1 trillion. That’s all the president’s got. The Republicans must continue to demand a bigger deal and the “balance” the president only talks about. The stakes couldn’t be higher, but that is exactly why Republicans should not fold.




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