E-mail letters, Sept. 17, 2010

Salazar attack ads are not credible

What is John Salazar thinking?

I see these attack ads against Scott Tipton by John Salazar.

Scott Tipton is a multi-millionaire? Who knows? He still drives himself around in his truck. John Salazar flies around in his own airplane. Scott Tipton wants to “phase out” Social Security? He has said he wants Social Security funds to be separate and secure, not spent in the general fund, so that recipients may continue receiving checks. Medicare? He has never said cut Medicare. John Salazar’s vote for ObamaCare will cut Medicare payments by $500 million.

Such negative ads with no basis of truth are generally run by PACs, not by credible candidates.


Grand Junction

Konola on the wrong side of national legislation issue

I missed this debate and it’s a good thing. I would have run screaming from the arena early on. It’s not because of Konola’s apparent smarmy peacock comments directed toward Mr. King, an experienced Colorado legislator.

It would be at the first mention of community development legislation. Yes, the national legislation on this subject is the root cause of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and the failure of the Fannie/Freddie entities.

Herein ACORN and other groups coerced banks, through federally set quotas, to take on distressed area home mortgages. With the least equity (down payment), least credit experience, marginal property, lowest income/wealth, and favorable rates these loans were passed on to the Fannie/Freddie folks on the insistence of the likes of Congressman Barney Frank (MA).

Barney Frank is an equally glib talker about finance as is Ms. Konola. Rep Frank just 3 years ago stated that Fannie/Freddie were not in danger of bankruptcy. (Remember, like in Ms. Konola’s idea, these congressionally founded entities were not taxpayer funded.) Today, taxpayers are keeping Fannie/Freddie afloat to the tune of $150 billion to date and running at over $5 each month.

I can assure you no non-profit fund for small business can give out low interest loans with out a real or implied government (taxpayer) guarantee.

The SBA (Small Business Administration) has a solid reputation of giving out asset-backed loans. Why do we need more government involvement?

In Mr. Grant’s puff-piece in support of Ms. Konola he does not mention Mr. King’s record at the Colorado Assembly. Despite being in the minority he has succeeded in getting many law enforcement/ judicial laws passed streamlining and clarifying legal issues with the gratitude of the judges and patrolmen alike. Mr. King’s legislation did not increase our taxes, to boot.


Grand Junction

Tancredo is doing more harm than good

I am disappointed in Tom Tancredo. In the past I thought of him as a viable candidate. Now, he looks like the “political-insider” we’d all like to get rid of.

Egotistical is the top crust, followed by the Arlen Specter-type game of switching parties when you can’t get elected by your own party. What does that tell you about how he’d do in Washington? He will do whatever it takes to get his way, much like a toddler kicking and screaming.

He’s screwing this election and handing it to the Democrats. How much did they pay him would be my next question. If he cared about the citizens he would represent he’d find another way to represent us. I agree Maes has proven to be less than honest but I feel his “politically-incorrect” statements are more in tune with the feelings of the general public than Tom Tancredo’s dirty low-down commercials.

FRANCES GREEN Grand Junction

All the library’s resources are just a card away

In the wake of technology libraries succeed. It only takes a card. Mesa County Libraries provide programming within the eight-branch library system designed to meet needs for all ages with topics ranging from personal interests to current business issues, to learning English or a new computer skill.

Libraries remain valuable community institutions. Mesa County libraries show record levels of use. For the first time, more than 1 million items were checked out in 2009, and we’re on pace to far exceed that level in 2010. This past June was a record setting single month with 124,645 items checked out and over 65,000 visits librarywide.

Mesa County Libraries continue to offer books and reference services, as always, but library membership also opens up exponential access to information through its online databases and resources, which are available 24/7 from your home computer. Librarians can answer questions through instant messaging, e-mail, or on the phone, but the most popular way remains in person.

Contrary to popular belief, physical books are still well-used, even as downloadable items become one of the library’s most popular services. There are also shelves full of DVDs of popular movies, documentaries, and television series. And if you know exactly which book or DVD you would like, you can go online and reserve the item for delivery to whichever library branch is most convenient for you.

Mesa County Libraries’ use continues to grow with registered users, library and website visits, borrowed items and programs. If you think libraries are gathering dust on books and old computers, take a closer look.

Visit any of the eight Mesa County Libraries and the website to see what is offered.

MARK MARTIN-WILLIAMS President Mesa County Public Library District

Grand Junction


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