Printed Letters: April 25, 2014
Reader thankful for RMHP insurance
I don’t have to take sides on the Obamacare issue or even have an opinion, because I am firmly entrenched in Rocky Mountain Health Plans (a blessing and a godsend to my wife and me) and have been for many years. But I did run across an interesting viewpoint attributed to Donald Trump on the Internet site of http://www.PushBackNow.com. Perhaps your readers would find the following statement interesting, even though it’s a bit dated:
“Let me get this straight. We’re going to be ‘gifted’ with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor, but provided for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, signed by a Dumbo president who smokes, with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese and financed by a country that’s broke.”
I have become partially bald from scratching my head in shock and awe at the Machiavellian, convoluted thinking of our federal government. Having taught civics, American government, U.S. Constitution and American history and political science for 30 years, I should be accustomed to the obfuscation of “FedThink,” but I’m not.
I love the daily newspaper and its coverage of the federal comics known more familiarly as politics, and I have learned to find laughter therein — for the alternative is to collapse in helpless tears. And we keep electing ‘em again and again. Oh, my.
American Rivers has indeed been involved in water issues
I appreciated Gary Harmon’s article April 14 on the American Rivers listing of the upper Colorado system as the second most endangered river (system) in America. The listing was made due to the development of the Colorado water plan and the persistent pressure from the Front Range for a new diversion from the already seriously depleted Colorado River.
I do have one point of clarification. Chris Treese from the Colorado River Water Conservation District was quoted as saying that American Rivers has never been involved with the roundtable or Interbasin Compact Committee process. To the contrary, while I have only worked for American Rivers for a year now, I have been involved with the Colorado Basin Roundtable as the environmental representative since its inception nine years ago. I have been very engaged in Colorado and West Slope water issues for over 20 years, and I am currently involved with the Colorado water plan and with drafting our basin implementation plan.
I can excuse Treese for perhaps not realizing that I work for American Rivers, although I’ve known him for a long time, as well. Harmon should have given me a call to talk about the listing. He had sufficient lead time, the information, press release and all of my contact information, yet I never heard from him. I was surprised at Harmon’s lack of journalistic prudence, as I regard him as an outstanding reporter otherwise.