Email Letters: June 19, 2017

Civil discussion don’t demonize opponents
I believe that we have the greatest country in the history of mankind. Our government represents the people better than any other. It has promoted economic advancement that lifts the fortunes of many. Our government gives us the freedom to fail, but those who work hard and are persistent can advance themselves. That’s the positive view. I don’t appreciate those of us who focus on our failures and, yes, we have never been perfect. Others have a more global focus. Balance is required and we work at that.
Where we seem to have regressed is in how we talk to each other about our different opinions. It is fine to feel strongly about our opinions, but it’s not productive to always think of those who differ from us as evil. That’s just not true. Most people are decent human beings. We should debate solutions that balance our personal needs and freedoms with our responsibilities to help the less fortunate through government entitlements. When too many people “talk” over the top that can lead to civil disobedience and a congressman or Martin Luther King being shot. Yes, there is some connection.
A new president was elected and that election needs to be respected. It’s tough for many because his priorities are much different from those of his predecessor and it shocked those who lost. There will be future elections and an opportunity for those who disagree to be heard and if they represent the electoral majority they will again be given leadership. Resistance is one thing — actively trying to undermine an election is another. We don’t want or need a civil war of words. Mean spirited people in both parties should be rejected, not applauded as they currently are in a play in a New York park.       

DAVID A. KEARSLEY
Mesa


Housing development threatens integrity of historic district
It has come to my to my attention that two new apartment complexes have been proposed for the downtown area, and I have some concerns. Especially troublesome is the fact that the complex at 10th and Grand will contain 27 units on a lot that is zoned for a maximum of 16. Many residents already have limited parking, and these developments would only serve to worsen the situation. Anyone who attends any of the wonderful events held on Main street during the summer knows how hard it is to find a place to park.

Placing apartments at 12th and Main would lead to a frustrating situation for both residents and people trying to enjoy the downtown atmosphere. Additionally, an influx of low-cost, high-density housing would fundamentally alter the downtown neighborhood environment. I don’t understand the logic behind tearing down desireable turn-of-the-century homes only to replace them with modern apartment complexes. It seems to make more sense to build this kind of housing north of North Avenue and preserve the individuality and charm of this downtown area that so many of us have grown proud of.

Many of us have attempted to raise our concerns with various local officials, but there seems to be nothing in place to protect the integrity of our historic district. In the last couple of years many young families have made this area their home, renovating the Victorian houses and breathing new life into the neighborhood. Let’s not destroy this beautiful example that old town feeling that is disappearing all over the country just for the sake of making some money.

LUCINDA CROSS
Grand Junction


Trump investigation is a waste of time and money
The investigation after investigation on Donald Trump is becoming to be a waste of time and money. It’s coming more to light , this is just a smoke screen and has no real value of any sort. There was plenty that could have been investigated about Obama.Theses investigations are all time and money-wasting stall tactics from the unhappy losers .

RAFAEL SALAZ
Grand Junction


So, how’re the medical insurance discussions in DC going?
Both the House and the Senate appear to want to ”fix” things but keep the government out of it ….  preferably. Even though they say Americans deserve it.

Medical care providers, as do pharmaceutical manufacturers and people who make all the machines used in medical care, want to be paid for their wares and time. Insurance companies involved in medical insurance want to pay the bills they’re required to pay and make a profit, as well. That’s it. Pay the bills as they are. Government could intervene and tell them how much they are allowed to charge but that is not the Republican way.

At the moment all that is left is that the government can help people pay the bills they have incurred through Medicaid, except that is being cut back.

Citizens are complaining about all levels of cost whether it be premiums, co-pays, restrictions on getting a policy in the first place and caps on lifetime costs to be paid by insurance.

And the Republicans are going to satisfy everybody involved with a magic wand that will defy economic reality?

Obamacare was designed to allow those without insurance to be able to buy policies without restrictions on pre-existing conditions, be affordable through Medicaid assistance where necessary, cover just about anything and, finally, have no cap on lifetime expenditures, among many other wide-ranging features. It was designed on the basis of utilizing all private enterprises but with the mandatory inclusion of all without insurance before. The mandatory element was shot down which meant that younger people wouldn’t buy policies which would skew the risk pool and make costs rise. Some people also demanded that there be more choice. That also introduces uncertainty for insurance companies trying to price their products. Finally, states could opt out of participating in the Medicaid assistance feature.

Bottom line, if you want to pay all those who would like payment you can’t do it with any program envisaged without somebody being shortchanged. Who’s it going to be? Guess what? You, the citizen are going to be the fallguy. You pay the ”market prices” and like it, or else. Assuming you are even able to buy in the first place. You elected them. Live with it! No ”discounts” allowed.

JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction


An attack on one monument is an assault on all

I’d like to thank Tom Kleinschnitz for adding his voice to the defense of our national monuments. Business owners like Tom in the recreation industry have a great deal at stake when it comes to our public lands. This truth is not unique to just business owners, it applies to you and me as well. There are significant positive impacts associated with national monuments like Canyons of the Ancients and the Colorado National Monument that we all benefit from. These benefits can be measured in economic terms and in terms of our quality of life.

It’s important to note that this review isn’t just a threat towards our national monuments, it is a calculated attempt to weaken one of the foundational policies that protect our public lands, the Antiquities Act. If successful, the bar will be lowered and new avenues to chip away at our public lands will become possible. Our National Monuments aren’t the only thing at stake here and landscape protections will not be the only thing lost. This review impacts our heritage, our communities, our economies, and our future.

This national monument review is extremely disappointing, but it provides us as members of the public with an unprecedented opportunity to show our strength and support for our National Monuments and for our public lands. If you haven’t already, find time to show your support for our Monuments and tell your public lands story by submitting a comment to the Department of the Interior by going to regulations.gov.

JESSICA CERISE
Grand Junction


U.S. Senate plans to fast track a bad health care bill
By a roll call vote on May 4, 2017, 217 United States representatives, including Ken Buck (R-Colorado), Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) and Scott Tipton (R-Colorado), voted to take health care away from 23 million people. It was called the American Health Care Act. I call it the roll of shame. Now, a small group of senators are writing in secret. They plan to fast track a bill that will be about same as the House bill. They expect a Congressional Budget Office score by June 26. Then they hope to pass it by June 30, before people realize how bad it is. It will not be a health care bill. It will be a tax cut for billionaires. Contact Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) at 202-224-5941.

What senator wants to add their name to the roll of shame?

Vote cruel, irresponsible politicians out of office.

ROBERT L. MORRIS
Marysvale, Utah


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Mr. Kearsley should mention this to Donald Trump Jr., who recently said that liberals who attack his father “aren’t even human”.

The left has no monopoly on the attacks Mr. Kearsley complains about, yet curiously he makes no mention of what his side says.

In light of his on-line letter Monday (“Civil discussion don’t [sic] demonize opponent”), Sentinel readers should properly conclude that Dave Kearsley’s hypocritical sophistry knows no bounds.

While Dave proclaims his belief that “we have the greatest country in the history of mankind”, he supported a candidate who routinely disparaged every aspect of what makes America fundamentally “great” in spite of its flaws.

Thus, having supported a presidential candidate who routinely demonized his opponents and now a President who makes a mockery of “civil discussion” via delusional tweets, Dave now seeks to obfuscate his intellectual dishonesty behind vacuous bromides.

Moreover, while falsely claiming that “[o]ur government represents the people better than any other” (see, contra:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_Index), Dave adheres to a political party that seeks to suppress the rights of many “people” to vote.

Similarly, Dave accepts our imperfections as a given, but ascribes to a “conservative” ideology that insists we can’t afford to invest in fixing even the most reparable flaws.

Contrary to Dave’s partisan spin, the “bait and switch” election of Donald Trump needs only to be accepted—but “respected” only if ultimately proven legitimate.  Meanwhile, the anti-American and extra-constitutional behavior of Trump and Mitch McConnell need not be respected at all – but rather exposed, excoriated, and resisted.

Finally, while Dave would rely on “future elections” to correct the damage currently being done by Trump and Congressional Republicans, the self-correcting “pendulum” effect of partisan policy debates has traditionally pivoted on issues of “more” versus “less”. 

However, since the rise of the Tea Party in 2010, Republicans have insisted on “all” versus “nothing” – thereby foreclosing any compromise and inciting a “civil war of [too often false] words”.

Therefore, I concur with Dave that “mean spirited people” like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell “should be rejected, not applauded as they currently are” by Kearsley and his similarly gullible ilk.

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