Printed letters, April 21, 2011

This is a response to Bill Grant’s recent column regarding the so-called “tea party ways” of Rep. Scott Tipton. Grant appears to be misinformed about some simple facts regarding Medicare and Medicaid, and has also revealed himself to be out of touch with the current financial state of our nation.

The Medicare and Medicaid programs will be bankrupt and non-existent within 20 years if nothing is done to streamline these programs for the elderly and the low-income citizens. Rep. Paul Ryan has simply produced a plan that would preserve these federally funded programs by making them economically viable for the future.

Grant’s lack of knowledge about our federally funded programs and his unfounded criticism of anyone who is trying to shrink the $14.3 trillion debt is shocking.

Rep. Tipton would appear not only to be a “pragmatic conservative,” but also a pragmatic person. It does not take a small-business owner to figure out that a person, company or nation cannot operate effectively with a deficit.

Frankly, it does not matter whether the man is a member of the tea party, a moderate conservative, a Libertarian, a Blue Dog Democrat or a liberal, Rep. Tipton knows that our nation’s crushing deficit is of the utmost importance, and his voting record reflects a man who is keenly aware of that fact.

RUTH EHLERS

Grand Junction

Gunnison toddler alive thanks to St. Mary’s staff

One year ago this week, our daughter, Delaney Rose, was released from the St. Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she had lived for 80 days. She was born on a snowy Gunnison day and was rushed to Grand Junction because she was 14 weeks premature and weighed only 1 pound, 15 ounces.

No one can prepare you for an event like this in your life, and we know that Delaney couldn’t have survived those 80 days without all the help from the extremely talented doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s. Our family owes all of them a special thank you for helping Delaney hang tough, even when things didn’t seem so good.

The good news is that she has worked hard and is doing great! We love her very much and have done everything we can to help her thrive and enjoy her new world.

Delaney is more than a year old now, and on April 30 our family will be traveling back to Grand Junction to walk (yes, she is walking) at the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. The money raised in the walk funds important research and programs that help babies, like Delaney, who are born too early. If you’re looking for a charity to donate to this year, she is living proof that your money will be well spent.

From all of us in the Diamond family, a heartfelt thank you to each and every person at St. Mary’s NICU. We have been humbled by their dedication and kindness.

BRANDON and JENNIFER DIAMOND

Gunnison

Meat cleaver policy better than bulldozer approach

It’s perfectly consistent that Dr. Michael Pramenko is critical of Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to correct the economic calamity known as Obamacare, when he accuses Ryan of using a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel. After all, Pramenko offered little, if any, criticism of the Democrats’ plan to change health care as Obamacare was being rammed through the House and Senate. He certainly offered nothing that implied a careless, reckless attempt by Democrats at passing such health care legislation.

I use the term health care legislation loosely, as that was the excuse, not the intent, nor will it be the result, of Obamacare.

If we are going to use clever analogies to describe efforts to derail Obamacare, then it is appropriate to use them to describe the passage of it.  To me, it’s obvious that Obamacare was pushed through in the dead of night by three blind stooges using a bulldozer with no headlights. Doubt me?  Remember, no one in Congress knew what was in it. It had to be passed to find out what was in it.

Pramenko specifically took Ryan to task for Ryan’s attempt to correct problems associated with Medicare. Before anyone should criticize Ryan, he needs to recall the Democrats’ solution for Medicare in the Obamacare legislation. The Democrats took $500 billion out of Medicare and shifted it to Social Security, saying that they had made Social Security solvent while making Medicare more cost effective. Or maybe they said they had made Social Security more cost effective and Medicare solvent. I can’t remember. It doesn’t matter. Either way, it is absolute nonsense.

It appears to me that Ryan’s plan more closely resembles a laser scalpel in effectiveness than a meat cleaver.  Yet even a meat cleaver is an improvement in precision over the Democrats’ bulldozer pushing for ever-larger, more-intrusive government using the alias of health care legislation.

RICK L. COLEMAN

Grand Junction



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