Printed letters, August 10, 2010

Common sense absent in recent spending bills

Have we lost all common sense? The CBO estimates that it costs $754 in ethanol subsidies to cut carbon emissions by one metric ton.

Compare this to the estimate by Congress of a cost of $26 a ton by 2019. What a colossal waste of money to pay 30 times the congressional estimate for an unproven benefit, especially since ethanol production pollutes our streams with phosphates, and increases the cost of food.

Last year, the Obama stimulus package gave $8 billion to help construct fast rail corridors to reduce auto traffic. Most corridors will be on existing freight lines. In a normal economy, these lines cannot keep up with current demand. Are we trying to remove 100,000 cars from the highways and replace them with a million trucks? According to The Economist, American freight trains are the most efficient in the world, having reduced rates by 55 percent since 1981. We can change all of this, of course, by going green.

Obamacare mandates 159 new programs and bureaucracies, with thousands upon thousands of additional federal workers who will tell us what we can and cannot do. With luck, you might get a treatment plan before you die.

And look at the jobs picture. The stimulus was supposed to prevent the unemployment rate from exceeding 8 percent, but now we are told that it will remain near 10 percent for another year or two. The minimum wage was increased to help those who are entering the work force. This has contributed to the high unemployment rate for America’s black youth, 39.9 percent in June, and for all teens, 25.7 percent.

Who was it that said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’ “?

BRUCE TAYLOR

Grand Junction

Quayle’s gaffe different from Obama’s error

A recent letter writer sees a liberal bias in the press when President Obama is not taken to task for mispronouncing a work, but Dan Quayle was for misspelling a word.

The difference: Mr. Quayle was intent on showing a young student how the youngster had misspelled a word, how the youngster was wrong. Mr. Quayle was taken to task by the media for that condescending act, because Mr. Quayle’s spelling was wrong.

President Obama merely mispronounced a word, as we all do sometimes.

D.D. LEWIS

Clifton

If Rangel isn’t removed, all of Congress will suffer

Thanks for The Daily Sentinel editorial on Charles Rangel. I strongly agree with your statements.

If Rangel is not removed from the House, the message to all citizens is: “There are laws for Congress and laws for the rest of us.” Every member of Congress should be angry, and their reputation and trust will be further damaged if he isn’t removed.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is not involved, but a call from her to the Ethics Committee could ensure that Rangel is punished and made to pay his back taxes and penalties, pay his back rent on the House garage and face all the same penalties every other citizen would be faced with.

Could you please publish the names of the members of the Ethics Committee?

DAVE E. BROWN

Grand Junction

Bradford deserves thanks for fine job representing us

I want to commend and thank Rep. Laura Bradford on an outstanding job in representing people in Mesa County and, for that matter, the Western Slope. While only a first-term legislator, Rep. Bradford was a quick study and proved very effective in addressing the issues facing the state, as well as the interests and concerns of her constituents.

In the past session, she actively worked to control spending at the state level and ensure that our tax dollars are being spent wisely. She also sought to streamline government and prevent additional unnecessary regulations and mandates, which would have adversely affected the economic recovery in our state.

As a small-businessperson I, and others like me, could not ask for a better and more effective state representative. Thank you, Rep. Bradford, for your commitment to the people in our area, along with our state.

JAYNIE SEARCY

Fruita

City administration misses the point again

The Daily Sentinel’s front-page article Aug. 3 outlines the new plan for the city public safety facility. The article says the neighborhood fire stations will not be included in the first phase.

The only part of the plan that improves the public safety response is the neighborhood fire stations. Granted, the downtown police and fire stations need to be replaced, but new buildings won’t improve response times.

If you call for a fire or medical response, you may wait eight to 15 minutes, depending on where you live. If you have a serious medical problem, long response times are not compatible with life, not to mention the increased property damage and possible loss of life should you have a fire.

The only way to decrease the time it takes to get to your house is to have a fire station closer than you have now.  To spend $30 million on a couple of new buildings with no increase in service to the public is irresponsible. The first phase should include the three neighborhood fire stations and the rest should wait.

MIKE KELLEY

Grand Junction



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