Printed letters, Dec. 13, 2011

A Gateway resident was quoted as saying that every time he goes to the Post Office, he meets someone and they pass the time of day. I am a firm believer in and user of the Postal Service. However, I don’t like providing a place where people can pass the time of day if that place is losing money, particularly when there is a convenience store in Gateway that would appreciate the business if they bought a cup of coffee and passed the time of day there.

It is a long way to Grand Junction, but how about this example? Nucla has a Post Office. Five miles from Nucla, Naturita has a Post Office. Twenty-one miles from Naturita, Bedrock has a Post Office. Six miles from Bedrock, Paradox has a Post Office.

In 32 miles, there are four Post Offices. Suppose it makes sense to close two of them?



Excessive government spending must cease

I was amazed in the Dec. 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel when columnist Bill Grant quoted Bruce Bartlett, who said, “The only policy that will really (create jobs) is an increase in aggregate demand … Spending by households, businesses and governments ...”

They must both be more affluent than the majority of us, who must quit spending when we have nothing to spend. We don’t have the luxury of borrowing money to pay for things we don’t need and can’t afford and then ask the rest of the country to pay for them.

When will this government realize that we must quit spending? I just heard on the news today that the interest on our debt costs every living person in the United States $120 per month. This is ridiculous and must stop.


Grand Junction


Republicans are willing to sabotage economic recovery

I must say to myself 20 times a day, ” I just don’t get it!”

The GOP is the party of family values and high moral expectations, correct? The party’s leading candidate for president is Newt Gingrich, the man who was removed as speaker of the House for ethics violations and who committed adultery with two wives and is now married for the third time to his former mistress.

My, how Republicans hated President Bill Clinton for his indiscretions, yet they can accept Gingrich as the potential president of our country? I just don’t get it.

Many hate President Obama and did even before he was inaugurated. He is a man of integrity, a man who truly values his family. He is intelligent, well-spoken and highly respected worldwide. He is sincerely trying to help the country recover from the recession, but hits stone walls at every turn.

When will the middle class realize that the GOP and the tea party are sabotaging the recovery and job creation and they’re simply doing it to make sure President Obama is not re-elected?

Does the GOP honestly believe that it can bring the country to its knees and pull it back up by its bootstraps? Compromise and cooperation, regardless of who is in power, is the only way to economic recovery.

I certainly hope the majority of the voters in this country see the light and put true patriots in office in 2012, politicians who will put the country first above their own self interests.

I, for one, will vote for Barack Obama again.




Obama is not to blame for all the nation’s woes

It occurred to me recently while reading the letters section of Commentary page that another of life’s seemingly unrelenting mysteries is why The Daily Sentinel continues to waste ink and paper to print the nonsense of letter writer Rick L. Coleman. Anyone with the slightest acquaintance with psychology would recognize his use of the term “clueless” as projection, and hardly applicable to a Pulitzer-prize winner like Thomas Friedman.

As well-researched as any letter of this sort can be, Coleman’s litany of evidence in his recent letter failed to include the genesis of the many problems President Obama and our country continue to struggle with.

I realize memories can be short, but I recall that the Great Recession began during the final years under President Bush.

After saying “No” to everything President Obama proposed and then, amazingly, winning the House based on the president and Democrats having done nothing about jobs, Republicans in Congress have done absolutely nothing about jobs.

Rather than work with anyone to improve the lives of people who have lost jobs, homes and prospects, Republicans work to protect the rich and fiddle away the time in hopes that voters in 2012 will reward their treachery with the White House.

It is only a measure of our resiliency that things aren’t worse than they are. And, while we can argue until history has the ultimate say about 9/11, what qualifies as “ad nauseam” to me is people like Mr. Coleman acting as if President Obama came to office with peace and a surplus, like President Bush did.




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