Printed letters, November 19, 2013

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Kudos to Charlotte Miller for her letter – “Fruita’s Veterans Day event worthy of greater coverage”.  Indeed, the tenth annual Veterans’ Day ceremonies at the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park witnessed a subtle but unreported change from prior years.

Gone were the snide, Clint Eastwood-like anti-Obama ramblings of an old warrior.  In their welcome stead were uplifting anthems sung by local talent—and recognition of our   tradition as a beacon of hope to immigrants, regardless of race, religion, and/or country-of-origin.  The noticeably heavier religious emphasis was consistent with that mood.

Former Grand Junction mayor and presently city councilman Jim Doody was deservedly honored by the Sons of the American Revolution for his many valued contributions to our community – including founding the Memorial and organizing annual ceremonies there.

Despite the perfect weather, the crowd – perhaps a bit smaller (and older) than last year—was more somber than usual, perhaps in recognition that our Nation faces problems that should transcend partisanship, but which unfortunately do not.

Some attendees may even have come to accept the fact that President Barack Obama is our legitimate Commander-in-Chief (not some foreign-born imposter), who – although he never “served”—has done more for America’s military veterans than his predecessor.

Others may also realize that President Obama – once a “community organizer” akin to Jim Doody – is endeavoring to extend to all Americans some semblance of the access to affordable health care that veterans earned and routinely enjoy, and is just as patriotic as those who wear period costumes and tri-cornered hats to “Tea Party” rallies.

Indeed, the generation that coined the acronyms “FUBAR” and “SNAFU” to describe the flaws of the military machine in which they served should be particularly sympathetic regarding the daunting challenges of accomplishing such a worthwhile mission despite stubborn opposition.

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Old Hugenburg. As usual dont waste anything good w/o espousing some pro Obama backing. Jeez Bill have you heard about manipulation of jobless numbers being manipulated? Add that to Benghazi, fast and furious, hussein care, lying about any and all? NSA? You just couldnt resist throwing that democrap out there. What about when the democraps were doing it to each and all? As a veteran I agree with hillary/limp willy-remember hill screaming about what we as Americans can do? Remember? I personally take umbrage that you want to turn it into your pro democrap venom. You just couldnt leave it alone.

Old Sanders remains a prisoner of FoxNoise—but at least he’s abandoned the false “black panther” voter intimidation b.s.—but still clings to “fast and furious” and “Benghazi”.  Given Darrell Issa’s proven dishonesty, it will be interesting to see what come out of the latest fake scandal.  See below:

Census Bureau: No systematic manipulation of jobs data

Paul Davidson, USA TODAY 11:50 p.m. EST November 19, 2013

The Census Bureau said it has referred a NY Post column alleging jobs data manipulation to its inspector general. The columnist said manipulation could have lowered the jobless rate in September 2012.

The U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday it has asked its inspector general to look into a New York Post report that national employment data ahead of the 2012 election were manipulated.

The bureau says it does not believe any improper conduct was widespread or had any impact on the reported unemployment rate.

Such incidents, it says, occur in fewer than 1% of all cases and would not affect the jobless rate, noting that about 7,000 Census workers in six regions conduct the interviews that contribute to the survey.

In a statement, the Commerce Department’s Office of Inspector General said: “We are aware of the media reports and our office is evaluating what action may be warranted.”

Separately, in a letter to Census Bureau Director John Thompson, the leadership of the House oversight committee calls the allegations “shocking.”

Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial, says, “If the data are being manipulated, that’s a big concern” because economists rely on it to provide a portrait of the labor market and the economy.

But he says the household survey reports have been consistent with other data —such as jobless claims reports — that point to a slowly improving employment market.

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