Printed letters, April 6, 2010

It’s getting tough for U.S. to muddle along

I have the highest regard for Denny Herzog and his columns. His March 30 one, however, gives me a bit of a pause. His admiration for a seminar-mate’s observation that no matter what, the country would always “muddle along” does bother me.

And so we have “muddled along” through the enactment of Social Security and Medicare. Now we have Obamacare to “muddle along” with forever, possibly.

Apparently this “jobs bill” will employ untold thousands for additional government employees, including an alleged 16,000 IRS agents to track scofflaws who fail to purchase insurance.

History, though, seems to have taught us nothing.

While the sky has not fallen, totally, the two government programs mentioned above have skies that are sagging badly.

Government never had a lock box for Social Security that was actually locked.

Cuts in Medicare, to be used to help pay down the debt, will certainly cause a stoppage in accepting those patients, if not the closing of some doctors’ offices.

Are we now to believe our president, the House and Senate that all is hunky dory and beautiful? None of the three has been truthful about any government program in the past 65 to 70 years. Why now?

Letter writer Don Boyle has it right in his letter published March 30. All the smart and engaged young people are facing one heck of a “muddle.”


Grand Junction

Socialized medicine will reduce number of doctors

I think Dr. Pramenko should have practiced in Canada for five years so he would have a better understanding of how socialized medicine works. It’s so great in Canada that one of the high-ranking officials comes to the United States for heart surgery. Why is that?

He wants to thank Congressman John Salazar for standing up to insurance companies that want to make a profit. I hope the good doctor is happy with what the government will pay him for his services.

I hope the new insurance is more efficient than the other socialized health care plans that are provided around the world. It’s something we Americans are really looking forward to.

I hope that the waiting lists aren’t long and the doctors are all willing to work for whatever the government deems is appropriate. I’d hate to see any doctor make a profit, heaven forbid!

This should encourage the brightest and finest students to go into something besides medicine. How many excellent doctors are going to quit seeing patients?

I’m hoping that there are other professions out that will still be available to these students, because if their only option is to work for the government, we will be a socialistic state.

I’m hoping that isn’t true, because there isn’t a socialist state that I want to move to.



Local support helped with move of MDS clients

We live in the most amazingly supportive community. Over the past few months, people voiced their concern and support of the residents and staff at the Grand Junction Regional Center nursing facility.

The residents of the facility have been forced to moved due to state budget cuts. Many of the people affected by the closure of this long-term care center have severely disabling intellectual and medical conditions, requiring specialized treatment. Many had lived at the facility for more than 45 years.

People wrote letters and made phone calls to Gov. Bill Ritter. People signed petitions, requesting the state revisit the decision. People joined us in carrying signs and attending community meetings to try to find a solution to this problem. Gary Harmon and The Daily Sentinel, local radio, TV and other print media kept the story fresh and alive as we struggled to find a solution.

We were unable to stop the closure. However we did make a difference!

Mesa Developmental Services with the support of the Mesa County community has built three new group homes. Our son, Tyler, moved into one of these homes this week. Twenty-two other residents will be moved to the homes over the next few weeks.

On behalf of the residents of the nursing facility, the parents, guardians and staff — thank you. It means so much to know that our community cares!



Grand Junction


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