Printed letters, April 4, 2010

I have just returned from out of the country and I see the naughty children of Fruitvale and Clifton did not obey Mama Rowland and voted against annexation. What are we going to do with you?

I read that the commissioners will have to scale back some services because of this. My wife and I were wondering what kind of services would be scaled back.

The sheriff said he would continue, as always, to do a fine job in our area, so no worry there.

Commissioner Janet Rowland indicated that our area used more than its share of services. But as an over-indulged consumer of services, I am not quite sure what I am using too much of.

I pay for my own trash collection. I pay the city of Grand Junction for sewer. I pay Clifton for my water and another company for my irrigation water. I pay the electric company for my streetlights. Clifton provides my fire protection. I pay another district for mosquito control. Long Park is an expense, but with all the organized groups using it and shelter reservations, the fees should almost cover the park expensive.

So what, pray tell, am I using too much of that the county provides?

Seems to me that I pay someone other than the county for everything I use. Maybe the street sweeper I see maybe twice a year on E 1/2 road will stop.

Oh, by the way, as a matter of record, even if you had been annexed by the city and wanted sidewalks, you would have had to pay for them yourself and pay to maintain them. The city does not provide sidewalks in residential neighborhoods.

RICHARD GERHARDT

Fruitvale

Health reform will increase our dependence

I certainly understand the euphoria of Democrats with the passage of the Health Care Bill. They have indeed irrevocably changed America. One has to think like a Democrat to fully appreciate their achievement.

The core of any Democrat is a belief in social justice through the redistribution of wealth and power. To realize these goals, they needed to alter the American psyche from an individual belief in freedom, liberty and responsibility to one of newly defined collective rights and entitlements.

In our democratic republic, victory would then be only a matter of time and numbers.

Statistically, we now have about 48 percent of our population dependent upon government largesse. The health care bill will add 30 million recipients. Amnesty will add another 20 million. These additional 50 million voters, with a new mindset, represent the permanent transformation of the American landscape.

I suppose Democrats are due credit for changing history. They can scorn Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1835 predictions of budding democracy in America.

They should, however, heed the fate of Robespierre, an architect of the French Revolution. When the people woke up, however, Robespierre was gone.

DANA ISHAM

Grand Junction

Illness should not be cause for losing insurance

In 1991, I needed eye surgery to fend off blindness. Even after prior authorization, the insurance company refused to cover the cost of my surgery, claiming that I had not disclosed all of my medical history.

The insurance company used a liver biopsy — that I paid for myself and which showed no abnormalities — as an excuse to drop my coverage.

As a result,  I ended up with a $12,000 bill on my plate, even though I had insurance.

Much later, when my wife retired, we ran into pre-existing conditions clauses. We took college classes to get access to student health insurance. It had a $100-per-incident deductible and a $40,000 cap in coverage.

When they raised the premiums from $150 to $200 a month, we switched to United Health Care, which had a $3,000 deductible per person and no outpatient coverage.

Now, we both have Medicare, but while waiting, we put off a lot of preventative tests. I can’t imagine the impact that situations like that have on Medicare’s budget.

Under health care reform, prevention will always be covered, caps on coverage won’t exist and people like my wife and I won’t be priced out of coverage or into subpar plans because we’ve had prior illnesses. And none of us will lose our coverage just because we tried to use it.

I want to commend Sens. Bennett and Udall for standing up for health care reform. Keep pressing forward.

The year after we became eligible for Medicare, I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer, and my wife had an emergency angioplasty the same year.

Every American should be able to focus on getting better instead of worrying about the thousands of dollars they don’t have.

NICK ISENBERG

Glenwood Springs

What county services overused in Fruitvale?



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