Printed letters, Dec. 21, 2012

We are writing to ask Rep. Scott Tipton to support without delay the extension of tax cuts for the middle class.

We need to deal with our budget deficit in a reasoned and equitable manner. However, using middle-class tax relief as leverage for negotiations on other revenue and expenditure polices is not beneficial to our immediate need to maintain the recovery.

We agree with Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma that tax cuts for middle-income wage earners should be extended immediately. In fact, the majority of American voters support this.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has determined that extending the middle-class tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000 a year would boost Gross Domestic Product by 1.3 percent next year and increase employment by 1.6 million jobs.

The CBO also reports that extending tax cuts for the top 2 percent of Americans would generate a paltry 0.1 percent change in GDP. Even more alarming, extending tax cuts for the top 2 percent would add more than $950 billion to the nation’s debt over the next 10 years.

We request that Tipton work with his colleague Cole and make the middle-class tax cuts permanent before Christmas recess. As his constituents, we are asking that he stop using tax relief for hard-working Americans who have lost homes and jobs as leverage for tax cuts on those who have done very well during this massive recession. Decouple the two tax policies now, and let us keep $2,200 in our pocket.

We can guarantee that we will spend that money to stimulate the economy by shopping at local, truly small businesses in Palisade.



Kerry’s tales make him 
unfit for secretary of state

Why have a secretary of state who is a proven exaggerator and who betrayed his fellow soldiers during Vietnam?

Remember the men who served with John Kerry? Nearly all agreed that he exaggerated the missions of “Operation Swift Boats” and told the press exaggerated stories about atrocities committed by U.S. troops.

Telling the truth, regardless of politics, should be the mission of the secretary of state.


Grand Junction


Denver plans to usurp 
Western Slope’s water

Something the editor wrote in The Daily Sentinel’s Dec. 14 editorial, “Speak softly, Denver,” concerned me: “The Denver City Council is worried about the threat to its water supply from oil shale development.”

Its water supply?

The oil shale lands in question are exclusively on the Western Slope, mainly in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. Is this statement an indication that Denver openly and shamelessly considers our water supply its own?

Put aside for a moment the merits of oil shale development and any question of whether it will actually have any adverse impact on water quality or supply. It is frightening to see Denver’s level of interest in making sure that its access to our water resources is unhindered by anything that we provincials might do.

If the Sentinel editorial’s take on the Denver City Council resolution is accurate, it could sadly but unsurprisingly confirm what most of us have known for years — that Denver has its eyes squarely fixed on Western Slope water and will not let anything stand in the way of its plans for it.


Grand Junction


Rowland, Meis deserve thanks 
for tenure as commissioners

Thank you, Mesa County commissioners Janet Rowland and Craig Meis.

An author friend of mine recently quoted Mahatma Gandhi in saying “The future depends on what we do in the present.”

Rowland and Meis, along with their partners Steve Acquafesca and Tillie Bishop, made many decisions over the past eight years that will serve Mesa County residents well for many years to come.

Their time in office was filled with many challenges (some of their own making but most created by recession and difficult times nationally). Mesa County is recovering from the recession faster than most counties across the country.

These county commissioners have put in place many business-friendly policies.

They have significantly reduced county administrative costs while maintaining quality services. They have established stronger partnerships with other agencies, private and public. They have put in place a new county administration that will provide healthy leadership for years to come.

While the past eight years haven’t been totally devoid of drama, the effective and efficient delivery of county services will continue to benefit the residents of Mesa County for many years to come.

Thanks to Rowland and Meis for their eight years of service.


Lady Lake, Fla.


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