Printed Letters: May 19, 2017

ACA offered a plan that could work for all

When I was younger, I asked my boss, what is this SS deduction from my paycheck? He said, “Social Security, and when you retire you will have a check from the government each month.” Great! When I was a little older I asked my boss, what is this MHD deduction from my check every month?

He said, “Medicare, and when you retire you will have health insurance coverage. Great. Thank you FDR and Lyndon Johnson.

If everyone signed up for the ACA or Obamacare, it would be successful. If the premiums were deducted from your paycheck each week, you would have affordable health care. Now, people are going to be forced into a situation where the only solution is universal health care. Those who opposed the ACA have missed the opportunity for a plan that could work for all. It is lost forever.

I doubt very seriously the GOP will have a solution. It has always been a program they have opposed for political reasons as well as they did SS and Medicare. Because of these two Socialist programs, I can live alone in my own house and not depend on my children to take care of me. And I’d like to add that Medicare is not an entitlement. I still pay monthly premiums.


Straightening out I-70 curves an unnecessary expenditure

How exciting to see that the state wants to straighten out the Palisade curves on I-70. A little blasting of the canyon walls and altering the flow of the river ought to do the job. I know it’s been a major thorn in my side for years to have to tap my brakes going through there, and then reset my cruise control. While we’re at it, how about we do the same through that onerous Glenwood Canyon stretch so we can get to Denver five minutes earlier?

Evidently, a lot of us think we have the God-given right to do 75 on the Interstate regardless of nature’s topography. Here’s an idea: build that fast lane for these folks and charge a toll. Leave the slow lane for the rest of us, and if you can recoup more than the $40 million investment in tolls, send us slugs a TABOR refund check.

Grand Junction

Book sparks comparison 
between governments

I am currently reading “Why, Explaining the Holocaust” by Peter Hayes, published this year by W. W. Norton & Co. The book is highly recommended and is beautifully written. In light of recent news, I found one short paragraph especially interesting in regard to how the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi Party) and Adolf Hitler managed to defeat the popularly elected Weimar Republic. Here is that paragraph:

“The platform they ran on was summarized succinctly by Gregor Strasser, the day-to-day director of (Nazi) Party operations in the early 1930s, when he defined National Socialism as ‘the opposite of what exists today.’ And their method in state and national parliaments, as well as in municipal councils, was to disrupt democratic government, make it dysfunctional, and thus to ‘prove’ its ineffectiveness in meeting Germans’ needs. In a fundamental sense, this highly partisan political force ran against politics, with all its messy compromises, disagreements, and imperfections, and promised to replace it with order and strength.”

Does anyone else see comparable methods in use today?


Citizens need to work 
together for the good of all

Thursday’s letter to the editor by Bill Hugenberg is just another of many examples why our nation will never be united and will never again achieve the greatness it once had. He and those whose hearts are filled with hatred toward our president will see to that. Until our hearts are made right, such hatred will prevail until we destroy ourselves from within our own borders.

We won’t need to fear the likes of North Korea or Iran to destroy us; we will do that ourselves unless our hearts are turned from an attitude of hate to one of working together for the good of all. Just a thought!

Grand Junction


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Mr. Reeder likes to work in a simplistic “love/hate” paradigm where, all too frequently, if one disagrees it is because one also hates.  A mature person does not look at it that way, in fact it is very possible to like someone and disagree with them, even fundamentally so.  The opposite is also true, that one can agree with someone and personally dislike them.

All Mr. Hugenberger did, which was rather refreshing, is to list those things about the Trump campaign and administration, need to be fully investigated and vetted, and for the good of this country and its future. 

To do otherwise, either by not doing so, or attempting to conceal it, would constitute the height of irresponsibility, both as a citizen and as a human being. 

Perhaps Mr. Reeder’s allegiance is to a man, rather than to the country, which would account for his position.  He might also wish to seriously consider his desire to be considered, what many refer to as “great”, one of those superlatives which many like to use, and which some of us greatly detest.  He should, like many should, and instead of seeking “greatness” (whether in their own eyes or eyes of others) ask himself, what type of a human being he actually is. 

He should remember the story by Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, and periodically go look at the picture of himself hidden in the attic, instead of the one on public display.

What Mr. Cort states about the tactic used by the NAZI Party, and outlined by Mr. Strasser, some of us have known for decades.  In fact, it was well documented in the one of the very first books I read about the rise of the NAZI Party in Germany (Berlin Diary, by William L. Shirer).  But, this tactic was nothing new (even then) as it has been a common tactic throughout the history of humanity, with Strasser and the NAZI merely refining it, and applying it on a broader scale and using “modern” technology.

That success of that tactic, as is true of almost all such tactics, depends upon nothing more than the ignorance of those upon which it is used.  Those aware of it will recognize it whenever and wherever, and by whomever and for whatever purpose it is used.  Armed with that knowledge, and recognizing it for the despicable tactic it is, they will not only not allow it to be used on them, but will not attempt to use it on others.

As the gentleman came by his “discovery” of this tactic by reading a book on the holocaust, perhaps a word on that event, its true scope and what it was actually violated in their victims needs to be addressed.

There were actually thirteen (13) million and not six (6) million victims.  And each one of those individuals actually had their human rights violated, and not merely their civil rights, and it really does not matter under what pretense it was done, or how those rationalized their doing so.

Yes, by all means, study up on those events, but don’t take this or that piece of it, but study in its entirety.

I heartily agree with the headline chosen by the Sentinel’s opinion page editor for Gary Reeder’s Friday letter: “Citizens need to work together for the good of all”.  That’s why it’s so hard to fathom why Reeder and others of his ilk are so supportive of President Trump – who has done nothing to demonstrate his own commitment to that principle.

Moreover, while I knew that Illinois state senator Barack Obama was being aspirational in 2004 when he expressed similar sentiments at the Democratic National Convention (perhaps naively proclaiming the non-existence of “Red States” and “Blue States”), I did not expect the virulent hatred and Republican obstructionism – including Trump’s racist “birtherism” – with which President Obama had to contend for his entire two terms.

Thus, in order to cogently respond to the content of Reeder’s inane letter, I had to first turn to the dictionary to refresh my memory as to the precise meaning of certain words.  For example, “hatred” is defined as “prejudiced hostility or animosity” and “prejudiced” means “an opinion for or against something [or someone] without adequate basis”.  So, applying that definition, I am quite confident that I have no hatred for Donald Trump.

Conversely, therefore, “unprejudiced hostility or animosity” necessarily implies “with adequate basis”, and is thus synonymous with “contempt” or “disdain”—not “hatred”.  Applying that definition, I have no trouble admitting to well-founded contempt for those hypocrites “whose hearts were filled with hatred toward our president” Obama for no good reason (other than that he was only half-White), but now want our oafish would-be king to be treated differently than he treats others – particularly, when he shows no respect for the truth or for our Constitution and its democratic norms.  Thus, I gladly give him all the respect he deserves. 

Don’t get me wrong – I truly want Donald Trump to succeed in fulfilling his campaign promises:  to strengthen our military, to undertake a massive job-creating infrastructure program, to enact a “great” health care system superior to ObamaCare, to humanely enforce our broken immigration system, and to reform our tax code to benefit the Middle Class.  Of course, that will only happen when “the base” admits his and its hypocrisy.

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