Printed letters, December 18, 2013
This letter is in regard to the letter to the editor from Nicolle Bowden regarding taxes, the tea party and spending.
Speaking for the tea party I represent, I would love to take us back 237 years, not just 50. When the Constitution was written, it was about 4,000 words. Those words limited our federal government to what it could do, and everything else was left to each individual state.
Today, our lives are so deeply involved in federal government that it takes many warehouses to store the laws passed since then. Most laws involve taxes, and most of that money will never see the poor working class. Instead, it is designated for many other purposes, most of which involve those who donated to successful elections.
Our infrastructure depends on our local economy. Unfortunately, our local economy is affected by federal decisions. Local politicians oversee infrastructure. The Grand Junction City Council has oversight on North Avenue sidewalks.
Earlier this year at a council meeting, there was a discussion of money for the Avalon Theatre and Las Colonias Park and the millions of dollars each would cost the city. I spoke out against spending money for those projects and for North Avenue and renewal of that area.
At least 75 people at the meeting spoke for the theater; two spoke for North Avenue and other needed projects Where were you? The council voted 5-1 against infrastructure improvements by voting for the Avalon.
I can tell you, this tea party needed your support then and now. Spending those tax dollars wisely, for things needed by all, rather than the splendiferous needs and wants of a vocal few, is what is needed. Not more taxes.
Those insured by employers often unaware of real costs
After reading the front-page article about a Daily Sentinel reporter being in sticker shock over the cost of health care, all I can say is, “Welcome to the real world.” Many other people seem to be in the same state of oblivion — totally unaware of the real costs of health insurance.
Those of us who pay for 100 percent of our premiums know that “sticker shock” comes yearly. There are thousands of us — small-business people, independent contractors, artists, farmers, orchardists and, yes, even doctors. Don’t forget retail workers, fast-food workers and other employees of those large firms that keep their employees on part-time status to avoid paying for health insurance.
Even when insurers bundle our individual-combined risk together, we still cannot compete with the larger (employer) groups risk rating, and our individual group premiums are usually higher than an employer group premium. Case in point: Under Obamacare, my insurance premium will go from $711.54 a month to $529.73. Being in a new risk pool makes me feel, well, giddy.
Is $529.57 expensive? Yes, it’s outrageously expensive. Because it reflects the outrageous cost of health care.
So, the reporter should be thankful that her employer pays 70 percent to 80 percent of the cost of her health insurance, and that her portion is only $150 — for two people at that! The next time she wants to do a comparison between the costs of insurance, she should compare the full premium costs, not just the portion she pays.
The reporter should be thankful that she has been an insurable person, for I know people with early onset heart disease, diabetes and cancer who have not been insurable. They have had to pay the full retail costs of health care, not the discounted rates to which insured people have access.
Again, welcome to the real world.
National psychosis created by our culture, not our guns
Letter writer John Borgen makes the case that if we just didn’t have guns, people wouldn’t be able to perpetrate all these acts of violence in school and we gun owners are enablers of violence.
He may be on to something but, I think the something, is our modern culture.
This is a culture that embraces videos that portray the killing of cops, accepts young women “twerking” on national TV in the name of entertainment and has a rap music culture that glorifies drugs, violence against women and the gangsta lifestyle.
Call me old fashioned, but when I was in school almost every boy carried a pocketknife, and there were usually several pickups in the school parking lot with guns in the gun rack.
I don’t remember ever having a school shooting.
Maybe that psychosis is in our modern society, a society where nothing is off limits.
Maybe we have nurtured a generation of people who don’t know right from wrong and created a world where reality and fantasy are blurred.
We need to get to the root cause, because having guns in our midst has just become a problem in the last couple generations.
As for me, I’ll keep my guns because it’s a crazy world out there.