Printed letters, October 9, 2012
I listened to President Barack Obama in his own words on his jobs performance and plan. The president said his administration has created 5 million jobs in the past 3 1/2 years and that his plan will create another 1 million jobs.
So, the president’s goal and his plan for the country are to grow fewer jobs in a second administration than in the past one. Is his ambition for the future that meager?
Does he realize that more than 8 percent unemployment is not a good thing? Or is he just so disconnected from his own words as not to realize that this is not growth?
After watching his performance, I’m not at all sure he comprehends the words on his teleprompter.
Unrestrained health insurers responsible for rising costs
A little known and seldom discussed fact among our political leaders is the deliberate lack of control of the health insurance industry. All business in the U.S. falls under regulations governed by the antitrust legislation passed in 1945. All, that is, except the health insurance industry.
Many Americans have experienced the arbitrary increase of premiums. I, as an individual and a previous business owner, had to change insurance companies because the company to which I had been paying premiums for years decided not to operate in Colorado any longer. Both of these situations occur because insurance companies are only accountable at the state level and simply pull out of a state that threatens their obscene profit machine.
The lack of antitrust regulation for health insurance gives it more “free rein” than any other industry. It is simply not held to the same standards and practices as the rest of the business community.
Before we condemn the current health care programs that are gradually going into effect, we should understand that the huge health insurance lobby has been controlling policymakers for almost 70 years. The current health reform bill had a section that required the health insurance industry be held accountable under the same antitrust regulations as every other business in America. Somehow, when the bill went to the Senate, this section had vanished.
I for one, wonder if the “tail is wagging the dog” from the state level up to the White House.
Gallegos’ skills make him strong choice for CU regent
I highly support Glen Gallegos for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. His enormous experience in the field of education spans more than 26 years.
Just one example is his commitment to keep CU affordable and accessible for Colorado students by incorporating partnerships with various business organizations and creative entrepreneurs to assist with offering real work experiences and scholarships.
Providing CU with a vision of global competitiveness in the free marketplace with programs that will give each student a more than adequate education to compete globally and contribute to the economy of this great nation is one more example of Gallegos’ rich educational background.
Furthermore, when Gallegos was on the Colorado Mesa University trustee board, he was instrumental in establishing an engineering program through a partnership with CU.
I will be voting for Glen Gallegos for CU regent. He has repeatedly demonstrated the skill set and experience necessary to collaboratively improve the educational system, which is very complex when one adds in CU’s medical component.
Just anyone will not do. A statesman such as Gallegos will triumph where others have failed. CU needs a tough leader with a vision of academic excellence for all students, someone who will set higher standards for all faculty and students.
We do not need another Ward Churchill incident. We need a leader that will give students an economic edge to help them make a difference in the world. That man is Glen Gallegos. There is no other.
DR. BARBARA ANN SMITH
Time will eventually be up to pay up Chinese bankers
The article in the Tuesday Sentinel, “Taxes will jump if U.S. shoved off ‘fiscal cliff,’” is revealing and a premonition of things to come.
These taxes are the indebtedness that the government and we as its beneficiaries owe for services rendered.
While the debt principal and interest continue to grow, we are objecting to payment.
The bill we are running up mostly with the Chinese bankers will have to be paid sometime, by either us or our kids. When that time comes, and the note is called, it is not going to be pretty.
ROBERT A. TALLARICO