E-mail letters, Jan. 12, 2010

Obama recycling Cheney

regarding foreign policy

Dick Cheney’s well-publicized theory that we should react to all threats with force, real or imagined, even though there’s no credible proof and a 110-to-1 possibility it could be wrong, seems to be the same war policy adopted by President Obama, his generals and the media.

Obama’s opposing politicians and right wing media are doing all the can to make sure he doesn’t stray from the uneasy spot he’s on. It wasn’t enough for Obama to say “terrorists” a dozen times during his last conference, his detractors want him to repeat it two, three dozen times, just to prove he isn’t weak.

Richard L Stover

Grand Junction

Old codgers remember

less intrusive government

Quite a few of us old codgers were born in the 20th century. Without a doubt, we’ve seen some amazing historical stuff, but we’ve also seen some things come and go that this century’s kids will never know — like non-government-built Chevys and Chryslers, non-bailed-out banks and mortgage companies, executives with pay not set by bureaucrats and public projects not funded with pork-barrel money.

Just think, all that happened before our very eyes in 10 months of 2009. Soon, very soon —maybe even before the annual State of the Union address — we’ll get a new health care reform bill. Some say socialized medicine. At any rate, it will signal a start down that long road to European mediocrity and the beginning of the end of another personal freedom. Oh well, just another one gone.

Oh yeah, we old codgers remember a lot of other personal freedoms too! Ask us sometime.

Al Carley

Grand Junction


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