Printed letters, April 7, 2010

Voters should send
Salazar a message

I was totally floored and offended while reading John Salazar’s campaign promoter, columnist Bill Grant, mindlessly spew his nonsense March 31 about why Colorado should support our so-called representative.

For a while, I thought I missed a day and it was actually April 1. Obviously, Grant is residing in an upside-down bizarro world where everything he writes actually means the opposite.

Salazar blatantly ignored his constituents for the past year. He refused to hold town hall meetings or attend public forums unless he could hide behind the president. He refused to respond to e-mails except with automatic replies assuring us he was listening. Forget about phone calls. Instead of listening to his district, he blindly followed Pelosi and Obama.

In Grant’s liberal world, we should bow down to Salazar, thank him for ignoring us, and return him to office. I don’t think so. Send Salazar a message in November that he can’t ignore.
Grand Junction

Health care debate was
never about health care

Now that health care reform has passed, it is clear that the debate is and has been, to put it lightly, horse hockey. There was never really much debate about the content of the bill outside the Capitol, and even on the Hill, the debate was largely within the Democratic Party. Something’s wrong here, but it’s not that we’re getting government crammed down our throats. It’s that we’re getting deceptive sound bytes stuffed in our ears.

If you look closely, you can find a few of the provisions of the bill in popular media, and The Daily Sentinel has been helpful to that end. But it is unfair, deceptive and childish to reject the idea of reform because we’ve been told we don’t understand it. And it’s even worse to just choose not to understand it. Every American — Democratic, Republican or independent — who would argue about the law should understand what it states and should understand the conditions that made it necessary.

Being limited in format and space, I can only recommend that everyone with a voice should listen and read sources in multiple media (particularly government records), and then only critically. Be objective, and stay informed. You can start by Googling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Look for links to the text itself.

If America needs anything “crammed down its throat,” it needs facts and a healthy dose of reality. This reform, it turns out, will allow America to continue to have the most capitalistic health care sector in the industrialized world. In fact, it will be the only one which allows private health insurance to remain for-profit. The provisions of the bill will help provide a safety net against another debt implosion. Bankruptcies, defaults and foreclosures due to medical bills will be history once those provisions kick in.

These and other facts anyone can discover upon broadening one’s base of informative media.
Grand Junction

Firefighters and neighbors
saved Purdy Mesa homes

A huge thanks to the Land’s End Fire Protection District firefighters who helped saved our house and our neighbor’s house from catching fire recently after an uncontrolled brush fire threatened both.

What an incredibly frightening experience to watch as our homes were in peril from fire fueled by high-speed winds jumping from treetop to treetop and racing across so many acres of land. Just a few years ago, our homes would have been lost, as the fire protection district wasn’t even a thought then. “Thank you” can’t begin to express our response. Emotions were running high, and your presence was calming and comforting.

Thanks to our neighbors who helped catch our horses and took care of them while the fire burned or gathered our dogs and kept them safe, and to all our other incredible neighbors who helped fight and control the fire. We get to continue to live in and enjoy this unbelievable area because of all your hard work. How lucky we are to know we can count on each other.

Thanks to all our other awesome friends who cared enough to call to offer help and to see if we were OK.

County financing plans
violate TABOR rules

The recent announcement that the Mesa County commissioners were going to hock the Justice Center for a multimillion-dollar loan with no vote, for whatever reason, violates the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. This places the commission in the same leadership cesspool that has allowed our country to sink into a financial black hole.
Also, there is a distinct distrust of government leaders precisely because of actions of this type. Our children have fewer and fewer elected role models with integrity to look up to.

These commissioners know better and should be ashamed.
Grand Junction


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