Printed letters, Dec. 11, 2011

I find it very disappointing that the United States Postal Service is again proposing major cutbacks in service starting next year — no Saturday delivery, no next-day delivery of locally addressed mail and the closing of numerous post offices and mail sorting facilities.

Regardless of the growth of online bill paying and competition from UPS and FedEx, the USPS still provides a necessary, relatively inexpensive and important service. And continued good service is something I am willing to pay for — if the alternative means paying less for poor service.

Rather than talking about cutting services and laying off employees, why not raise postage rates to a level that will sustain current service levels? According to ABC News, raising the price of a first-class stamp to 63 cents would be sufficient. So while I would not delight in paying more to mail a letter, it sounds much better to me than the alternative.


Grand Junction

Sal Pace will make a good congressman

I am writing in response to J. Gentry’s letter concerning Charles Ashby’s article on Sal Pace resigning from this position as the Colorado House Minority Leader to concentrate his efforts to run for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Gentry must be a creative reader to conclude from Ashby’s article that “Pace states that he doesn’t have time to be a father of three and care for the job of minority House leader.”

Sal Pace is being responsible to the Colorado Legislature, his constituents and his campaign by making the decision to give up the time-consuming job of House Minority Leader while devoting the necessary time to his roles as state representative and congressional candidate.

I am pleased that we have someone of Pace’s ability and accomplishments stepping forward to challenge Scott Tipton. Having a choice is always good.

Pace has worked in a bipartisan fashion to fight for good-paying jobs, stimulate Colorado’s economy and bring accountability and transparency to government.

This ability to work across party lines will be a positive addition to a Congress that works much harder trying to make the other party look bad than in representing the American people.

Pace passed several noteworthy bills in his first session, including HB 1317, the Piñon Canyon Protection Act, which placed new protections for ranchers in southeastern Colorado who feared forced removal off their land for the Army’s expansion plans.

In this year’s session, Pace introduced a bill that would limit careless government spending by state-chartered entities after Colorado’s workers compensation provider spent over $300,000 on a golf outing for board members and their spouses. He also cut government’s permitting process, allowing companies to move forward with their projects and hire new employees.

I am looking forward to having Sal Pace as my congressman.


Grand Junction

Who decides what ‘fair share’ amounts to?

Who decides what the “fair share” is for each of us paying income taxes? If there are no huge deduction dodges beyond, perhaps, home mortgage interest, it would seem that a straight 10 percent of income from everyone might be the “fair share” for all. Or whatever percent the supreme decider decides is “fair.”

But each of us in the great unwashed must have some skin in the game to claim an interest in our government. That should wipe out the complaints of the 99 percent, since the 1 percent will be paying much, much more than they.

But wait, Tom Friedman, he of The New York Times, has laid out just how Obama can get re-elected. One step would be to embrace his own Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction findings. They seemed to have spread the pain around such that no one was raped. But no, Obama will not do that, for whatever reason. 

Friedman also got around to “fair share” with Obama offering “a plan in which the wealthy have to pay their fair share and more, because they’ve had a great two decades. But everyone, including the middle class, has to contribute something.” Wow. Now we would penalize success? In the interest of being polite, I would offer this comment: Horse feathers. But at least he sees everyone with some skin in the game.


Grand Junction


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