Printed letters, November 24, 2013
Thursday’s editorial suggesting the Grand Junction airport manager should be suspended caught my attention for a different reason. Far down the column is the admission that an investigation and audit should have occurred much sooner. It states, “...while a few people involved with the airport claimed there were serious problems, most observers, this newspaper included, didn’t see evidence of anything more than significant policy differences.”
Please pardon my disbelief. The “few people” mentioned were few in number compared to the population of the area but were a high percentage of affected airport tenants. City hall has seldom seen a more packed house than the night airport users complained to councilors about what was taking place. Many articles and letters appeared in the Sentinel regarding these complaints, which were also registered with the county commissioners, airport commissioners, a U.S. congressman, TSA, FAA and at least two TV stations. Does one have to self-immolate at 6th and Main with a gasoline can to draw attention to what was happening?
While no one knows what triggered the FBI search, the warning signs of an out-of-control organization were there for all to see. There was a systemic failure of elected and appointed officials, as well as the media, to question and look. There should be some serious local introspection regarding why local leaders failed to do their duty.
Patching up Humpty Dumpty a futile fix for Obamacare
I have written a number of letters in the past that pointed out some of the flaws in Obamacare. I said early on that it was deceptive for the president to say if you like your insurance policy you can keep it. Same goes for keeping your doctor, and you can add to that keeping your hospital. The president said this was all going to be done without adding to our debt. Now we are seeing the resulting damage to our health care system. We haven’t begun to see the impact of the high costs of this new entitlement.
Where do we go from here? It’s impossible to put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but who wants to? Many Democrats will want to double down and go 100 percent single payer. I can’t imagine people wanting more government control after seeing this debacle.
Republicans can begin by returning control to patients and their doctors. Providing help to those who are uninsurable can be done directly without “stealing” from the young and healthy. Mandates can’t compete with freedom. Portability of insurance when you change jobs and malpractice reform are just two examples of alternative affordable solutions.
The government needs to get out of the way of our health care system that represents 17 percent of our economy. The rule should be do no harm. This is a wake-up call for those who think big government is the solution.
DAVID A. KEARSLEY
County made smart move in supporting riverfront trail
It’s understandable that the county commissioners want to scrutinize every budget item considering the reduction in revenue for the 2014 budget. They made the right fiscal decision to approve the county’s share of matching funds to finish the third phase of the Colorado Riverfront Trail.
Those matching funds, a fraction of the actual cost, were leveraged along with other local municipalities, matching funds to secure a $4.3 million grant funded through lottery ticket sales. Commissioner Acquafresca called it a “darn good deal.” The cost of completing this section will never be cheaper than it is right now.
The riverfront concept, which began decades ago by James Robb and other community leaders, has progressed through both good and bad economies, due to the ongoing efforts of community leaders and participating landowners. There is no better example of a successful community partnership in our valley today. This community partnership and legacy has continued to prove itself worthy of our time and resources.
Along with many others in our valley, I also urge the county commissioners to continue to fund the Colorado Riverfront Commission part-time position.
San Diego vet appreciates stranger’s thoughtful act
Many thanks to the gentleman who “paid it forward” at the Denny’s in Clifton Nov. 17. My brothers and I were having lunch when he stopped at our table and asked if we were veterans.
All three of us were Navy veterans, and when we said “Yes,” he slipped a $20 on to the table. He left so quickly that we didn’t have a chance to thank him appropriately, but thanks again for recognizing our service, and we will continue the policy.