Printed letters, January 14, 2014

Incredible! That’s what came to mind when I read what Ken Toltz said. Concealed handguns threaten? Maybe, but it’s usually the one concealed by a criminal that is to be feared.

Does he really believe that a criminal will care in the least that guns — concealed or not — aren’t permitted on campus?

And that not having legally concealed weapons on campus will prevent our state from becoming “known for any more tragic mass shootings”? Not sure how that might work. Why not have someone surprise these sick weirdos who want to kill with an unexpected concealed weapon? I think that would very likely throw a major wrench into their plan for the day.

I believe many folks on campus (and elsewhere) should obtain their training and permit and carry concealed. Hunting would be a lot different if the critters could shoot back.

ED JONES

Grand Junction

Many gun owners know how 
to use weapons responsibly

I see writer David Ryan added his name to the list of people who write to rail against gun ownership every time there is gun violence or an accident with a gun. Seems to me that these folks just can’t stand the idea of gun ownership.

Maybe what they don’t know or don’t want to admit is that lifelong gun owners like me simply own guns like some people own golf clubs or bowling balls. We have learned to use them carefully and responsibly over a lifetime of use.

He cites a couple instances of why it is dangerous to own a gun. My answer to that is simple: You cannot cure stupidity. People do stupid things. Every day drunk drivers kill people with their autos. Just yesterday I saw a young driver texting from Clifton all the way to 12th Street. Would he have written a letter railing against auto ownership if that young man had caused a fatal wreck? I think not.

To err is human, no matter if it’s a car, gun, fist or ice pick. If you want to be completely safe, then stay in your bedroom. Just hope someone doesn’t drive through the wall.

LARRY HERWICK

Grand Junction

 

Long pharmacy lines indicate 
U.S. descent into socialism

I went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions yesterday. I have put it off because for the several days there has been a very long line and I wasn’t in a hurry.

So, what do I find out by observing the folks in this long line? If you have Medicare or Medicaid, you are hosed. They have been offline, out of business, shut down since Dec. 31. This has created a nightmare for the pharmacy and patients.

Why? Further research shows this is an effect of the ACA, or Obamacare. What government doesn’t screw up, wreck or send into disrepair, it raises the cost of and makes it impossible for citizens to comply. I want to thank President Obama personally for being an idiot with no idea what he is doing and totally lacking the skills to officiate this system.

Those liberals who disagree with me should go to their local pharmacy and tell people just how great things are in a socialist-led Amerika.

RICHARD BRIGHT

Grand Junction

 

Obamacare creates Catch-22 
for now uninsured couple

My wife and I find ourselves in a situation that now millions are in. Due to Obamacare, we have lost our health insurance as our insurance company dropped us at the end of 2013 after 30 years with the company. This company notified others and us that, due to Obamacare, it no longer will insure individuals or families, only municipalities and companies. We are both retired and on a fixed income, as are many others.

We moved to Colorado from California to have the American dream and own a home. After meeting with a Connect for Health adviser and two insurance agents and having a phone conversation with an assistance person for Connect for Health in Denver, the outcome is devastating. We cannot get premium assistance because we make $200 to $300 a month too much, and cannot afford insurance, as the lowest premium is one-fourth of our monthly income. This leaves us with a choice of having insurance or paying our mortgage.

Because of Obamacare, we lost our insurance and can’t afford insurance. Also, the government will penalize us with a fine each year because Obamacare made us lose our health insurance.

We have been advised by all contacts to try to get by without insurance and just pay the yearly penalty. At this moment we are fortunate to be in good health, but hopefully neither of us will become ill.

We have always been believers in having health insurance. We have been Democrats, American workers and taxpayers for more than 43 years, but we now will change political parties because we feel the Democratic Party and this administration have betrayed us.

WILLIAM HANCOCK

Grand Junction



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