Printed Letters: August 3, 2017
Lifelong Republican wants his party back
I’m a 60-year-old Coloradan who has voted Republican most of my life. But not any more. The Grand Old Party has been taken over by fanatic idealogues owned and operated by a handful of billionaires who want to have their way.
The party that had seven years to do something about health care couldn’t win even though they own the casino. Republicans have made a laughing stock of America. Our allies have been thrown aside and are laughing at us. Our president has tried to drag us all down to his level, but he’s shown us he’s nothing but an incompetent, draft- dodging bully who can’t help but to lie. Where is the all the legislation we were promised? Seven months in and they still haven’t passed one piece of legislation.
Trump’s Cabinet picks look like a Wall Street board room. His family is using the White House to line their pockets and his staff picks are incredibly amateurish and ill-suited to their jobs. Trump’s phony religious piety, his backstabbing his friends, his disgusting behavior should have been enough for the GOP to do something. But they are being paid to look the other way for their short-term gain. Right now the GOP is owned by four people: Charles and David Koch, and Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. Between the four of them they run ALEC, The Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute and a hundred others. They write new laws for state legislatures, spend millions to put their candidates in and now control more than 30 states.
I want my party back. I didn’t sign up for some billionaires controlling our way of life. I want my party back.
How about Mount University instead of Mount Garfield?
I will be 73 in September. I grew up on 29 Road, one-third of a mile north of North Avenue. Almost any automobile trip I took started on North Avenue. To get penny candy or a newspaper, I walked down to the store on North Avenue. When I was six, I had extensive special training on how to carefully cross the main highway (North Avenue) to get to Fruitvale Elementary.
North Avenue has been North Avenue for a long time and I believe it has earned its “landmark” status. It make no more sense to me to change its name to University Boulevard than to change the name of the national monument to University Monument; to change Grand Mesa to University Mesa; or to change Mount Garfield to Mount University. The university is an important asset to the Grand Valley but North Avenue has been the way to access it since it was Mesa Junior College. Perhaps we should consider changing the university name to North Avenue University.
Legislation will allow killing of beloved local wild horses
As people enter Grand Junction on Horizon Drive, they are greeted by powerful scenes of our iconic national treasure, the wild horse. The Little Bookcliffs herd management area, located behind Mount Garfield, celebrates more than 100 free-roaming horses that enrich our tourism and brand image.
And now, a long-standing law designed to protect and preserve wild horses is being threatened. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195), proclaims “Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; … it is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death…”
But now Washington D.C. wants to slaughter thousands of these horses, our living symbols of the West! In Dennis Webb’s July 23 Daily Sentinel article,“Horses in the crosshairs,” an interviewee states “The bottom line is we have pushing 100,000 excess horses and we have to do something.”
In Colorado, we are doing something. Three of the four wild horse areas are successfully slowing the population growth of herds through birth control. The fourth is following now. Locally, at a mustang sanctuary in Glade Park, they support, protect, and honor our iconic wild horses which includes utilizing proven science to manage the horses in their wild habitat.
Make no mistake, our beloved Little Bookcliffs wild horses will not be able to “dodge” the bullet if the amendment passes. It will pertain to all currently federally-protected wild horses. What would our area image and tourism be like without horses running wild and free?
TRACY AND BLAINE SCOTT
Our current health care system makes no sense
I’m an American citizen that worked hard all of my adult life until I became disabled from an accident on the job. I now live on a fixed income. I recently had tests done that determined I needed to be on oxygen. However, my insurance won’t cover my oxygen therapy unless I have another similar test. My insurance, however, will not cover the cost of the new test and it’s a struggle for me to pay it.
In the meantime, I am just waiting. Instead of being treated, my health continues to deteriorate and I continue to struggle while waiting for the insurance company to waste more time and money. This is our current health care. Does this make sense to anyone?