Printed letters, December 6, 2012

Congratulations on the informative and comprehensive report on Mesa County health care in the Nov. 25 edition of The Daily Sentinel. I now understand why it’s been so difficult to obtain physician services in Grand Junction.

I actually had to drop a highly regarded Medicare advantage plan (USAA) and enroll in Rocky Mountain Health Plans to be accepted as a patient by a local primary physician. In my experience, it appears that local specialist physicians either accept or deny appointments based on the type of Medicare insurance the patient is enrolled in, even with a referral from a local physician.

It seems that the national Affordable Care Act, making health insurance available for everyone, will leave many patients with no access to a doctor. As the Sentinel article stated, doctors will only accept 30 percent of patients with government (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) insurance, regardless of the type of advantage plan they buy from an insurance company.

Emily Shockley did a great job of writing about a complicated subject so important to everyone. Only a local newspaper could have possibly provided such an in-depth, truthful report. I hope to see more articles in this subject in the future.

BARBARA LOKEN

Grand Junction

Opposing Rep. Hall’s bill 
impedes oil shale research

The hypocrisy and confusion of the environmental left never cease to amaze me. The people who are up in arms over H.R. 6603 (the bill being introduced in Congress by Texas Rep. Ralph Hall to fund oil shale research), denouncing it as a “subsidy,” are the same ones who cry long and loud for tax credits and other subsidies to the solar and wind industries.

The difference is that the money asked for in Hall’s bill would not go to any individual company, but would rather be used the same way that money for space exploration (i.e., the formerly great NASA) or disease control (i.e., the CDC) is used — for research. The giveaways to wind and solar are just that — handouts to individual companies that cannot make a go of it on their own.

Oil shale opponents such as Jim Spehar say that oil shale is not viable and that “more research is needed” before we can let companies risk their own time and capital trying to develop it, but they will not support leasing the land for these private companies to conduct such research. And now they will not support a plan for the federal government to do the research either.

It’s time for environmentalist liberals to be honest about their intentions and objectives and admit that they are not interested in “all the above” approaches to energy policy or substantive research into oil shale, as most of the American public is. Let them be honest about their ideas and see how those ideas play out with middle-class families and voters who will be forced to pay higher fuel prices and endure more frequent shortages and burnouts.

JAMES “JJ” FLETCHER

Palisade

 

Civil discourse impossible 
in atmosphere of animosity

Yes, Democrats in Mesa County are outnumbered three to one. The Daily Sentinel noted, “left-leaning progressives oftentimes are reticent to show their politics for fear of retribution.”

I am a Democrat who was a registered Republican for many years. I changed my registration because I reject the hard-sell that the Republican Party is the only one representing God-fearing men and women, patriots, honest, hard-working individuals with strong family values and those of Christian faith

If we accept that rhetoric, the foregone conclusion is that Democrats and independents are not patriotic, have poor values and work ethics and do not love God. The truth is that we cannot have civil discourse about the future of our beloved country in an atmosphere of animosity and name-calling (i.e., “bleeding-heart liberals” or worse.)

I am educated and informed, and I am a Christian. I shall continue to vote for the candidate I believe will best serve our country, and I will not be bullied into “party-line, lock-step voting.” I will fight for all of my constitutional rights, including freedom of speech.

We are blessed to live in a country that allows all of us to express our beliefs. I may be fed up with all politicians at this point, but I respect all Republicans, Democrats and independents who get up every day and do their best. God help us all.

SHIRL MCGUIRE-BELDEN

Grand Junction

 

Monument Ridge tenants left 
in the dark about armed man

It now is common knowledge that there was a shot fired at the Monument Ridge townhomes in Orchard Mesa on the night of Dec. 3. Being a cautious tenant, I approached the police two hours after the incident to inquire about what had happened. The police officer advised me that it was “nothing” and they had taken care of it.

I was denied the information that there was an armed man who was proven to be violent on the loose. Families such as mine were not made aware that there could have been a criminal taking cover around our homes. The shooter could have easily found a safe haven in one of these vacant garages. It was left up to the tenants of these apartments to discover on their own the terrifying news of a shooter on the loose.

Personally, I am furious with the Grand Junction Police Department for refusing to inform me that everything had, in fact, not been taken care of.

LILY WHITE

Grand Junction



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