Printed letters, November 9, 2012

As I watched the election coverage Tuesday night, I asked myself, “Am I or my family better off than we were four years ago?” Let me see, my health insurance has gone up just for me more than $600 a year. Groceries, gas and clothing have increased.

I know President Obama inherited a mess, but he has increased that mess by billions of dollars and borrowing from China. Maybe if he and Michelle hadn’t traveled around at our expense like rock stars, apologizing for the USA, it would have been different.

Also some things to ponder: Since the I-25 corridor is the only area of Colorado that went blue, maybe we need to divide Colorado into two states right along the Continental Divide. That would give us mineral rights and water. Then Denver and that area could go up in one big doobie.

Those that don’t like our politics can move elsewhere. But don’t sell your houses until after Jan. 1. You may have to pay Obamacare taxes on the sales.

Also, we need to repeal the Electoral College. We don’t need other states choosing our presidents for us.

LORIE CULLUM

Grand Junction

Dreams of middle-class reader 
encouraged by the president

I assume that The Daily Sentinel’s front page has become the editorial page. The first paragraph of the Associated Press story about President Obama’s re-election was someone’s opinion about the state of the nation, not fact. The economy has been improving and unemployment is down.

I am a middle-class Sentinel subscriber and my dreams have been encouraged, not “crimped,” by the president. Please stick to news in the news section.

JEAN LATOURETT

Paonia

 

Wright’s election shows 
‘appalling’ party loyalty

As a Colorado Republican from the east side of the Continental Divide, I’m frankly ashamed of my fellow Republican voters in House District 54.

I’m beginning to believe that many of my fellow Republicans would vote for a convicted criminal if he or she had an “R” behind his or her name on a ballot.

I already know that many Democrats would do such a thing, but to see Republicans voting for such a poor candidate in District 54 is just appalling.

The only way to redeem themselves at this point is to launch a recall at the first statutory opportunity.

JEFF WRIGHT

Colorado Springs

 

Celebrate veterans Saturday 
at parade in downtown GJ

With the elections over, now is a great time to come together as a people and celebrate the veterans who have protected our country and the active military who continue to protect our country.

The Grand Junction 2012 Veterans Day Parade takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. It is a very large, well-attended parade. Spectators should arrive early for parking and a good view.

JIM SHULTS

Grand Junction

 

Public, private collaboration 
needed to fight Alzheimer’s

With National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November, we acknowledge that jaw-dropping numbers underscore the growing tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease.

In Colorado alone, 72,000 residents age 65 or older are struggling with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, care for Alzheimer’s patients will involve $200 billion in direct costs alone this year, and those costs are expected to sharply rise to more than $1 trillion by 2050.

The challenge of Alzheimer’s is linked to the ongoing efforts to make the U.S. health care system more cost-effective and patient-focused. Because Alzheimer’s patients are often unable to manage their own care, it becomes important to manage transitions of care, integrate mental and physical health interventions and use team-based care and in-home medical models.

The discussion about how to most effectively treat Alzheimer’s patients is reaching a critical juncture. Research trials by biopharmaceutical companies have yielded promising, yet mixed results. The dedicated pursuit of a breakthrough by our best and brightest researchers is what is needed, but that hinges on having a policy environment that supports public and private biomedical research.

Encouragingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first ever U.S. National Alzheimer’s Plan, which includes prevention and effective treatment of the disease by 2025. With this groundwork in place, it becomes imperative to invest resources and manpower in making certain these goals are achieved.

Continued collaboration between the public and private sectors will be critical in ultimately turning the tide on this disease from one with a terminal diagnosis to one that can be managed with early intervention or prevented altogether.

KENNETH THORPE

Chairman

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

ROBERT EGGE

Vice President of Public Policy

Alzheimer’s Association

Washington, D.C.



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Several counties west of the Divided voted for Obama 2008 and in 2012.  Quite a few east of the Divided voted for Romney.  The Electoral College was set up in the Constitution to give states more equal footing regardless of population (among other reasons, some logistical some political).

It may be a vestige of a bygone time, but it actually results in state’s like Colorado having MORE of a say in the presidential election than would occur via direct popular vote.  Of course, President Obama won the popular vote too, and over 330 Electoral votes.

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