Printed letters, August 16, 2011

Where’s the quick fix? Sorry, the first step is to realize there isn’t a quick fix.

Soon after President Obama took office I said it takes suffering through one far-left president in each generation in order to realize how harmful they can be to our economy. This time is going to be even more painful because he followed a spendthrift Republican president.

Soaring debt and unemployment are only the tip of the iceberg. Obamacare is going to cost twice what the president assured us it would cost.

The EPA has its thousands of bureaucrats laboring day and night weaving heavy wet blankets to kill any growth in development of our domestic energy production. Financial reform did nothing to protect us from those monsters too big to fail, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but throws a wet blanket on smaller financial institutions and small businesses so they can’t get loans. Add to that what the Labor Relations Board is doing to kill business expansion. Can you see the iceberg?

Liberal contempt for our tried-and-true way of creating wealth is undeniable. The good news is our backbone of capitalism is not broken and, as soon as those wet blankets are removed, we will grow and prosper again. I trust Americans to take back America.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Mesa

Budget deal will not help deficit spending

What a joke this new budget deal is that Congress and the president signed.

Only with government math and deception can you call an increase a decrease in spending. With their twisted logic it works like this: If you were scheduled to have an increase of 8 percent, and now you agree to an increase of only 6 percent, they call this a “cut” in spending even though spending will actually go up 6 percent.

The bottom line is that we will continue to have trillion-dollar-plus deficits as far as the eye can see. And, believe it or not, our great leaders in Washington, D.C., have the nerve to call this progress.

We cannot continue to borrow 40 cents of every dollar spent and expect to survive as a viable economy and society. Only an economic illiterate could believe otherwise. Obama and company are spending us into oblivion.

Fortunately, we do have a very viable solution to this mess. It has been put forth by Florida Congressman Connie Mack, with over 40 cosponsors, and it’s quite simple. All we have to do is cut a real 1 percent per year for 6 years from the already grossly bloated Obama budget of 2011. In eight years, we will have a balanced budget. You can read about the plan at: mack.house.gov and click on the Lincoln penney.

And of course, it goes without saying it’s imperative that next year we vote out the unmitigated disaster and embarrassment who currently sits in the White House.

GREG CARROLL

Parachute

Faith-based organizations should be allowed to pray

On July 22, I attended a very worthy breakfast sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital. The occasion was to recognize Foster Grandparents for their years of service. I asked the director if they were going to ask a blessing over the gathering and food. She responded by saying they (meaning St. Mary’s and the Foster Grandparent Program) did not want to offend anyone. However, I and other attendees were distraught that a faith-based organization would not include a prayer.

It is very disturbing the way our nation, state, county, city and civic organizations are shunning the name of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.

“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10: 32-33.

BENNY L. LENARD

Grand Junction

Some comics are not appropriate for children

How long do we have to put up with this obnoxious so-called comic “Pearls Before Swine”?  In a family newspaper, on the page most often reviewed by our youngsters — referring to the Aug. 6 panel — we have a so-called cartoonist who uses the symbols for vulgarity and profanity to describe Christmas.

This is not the first example of the mentality of this so-called cartoonist. Having “Dennis the Menace” using vulgarity/profanity and violence to sell his product? And people think “Doonesbury” is bad.

I know, I know, I do not have to read it. But what concerns me is the dumbing down of our youth. Just another example of our so-called freedom of speech. Perhaps the editorial staff should review the content of this page a little closer.

Another example of frequent profanity and vulgarity is “Get Fuzzy.” Does this family newspaper have to stoop to the low level of this type of “humor” to sell its product?  Put the question to your readers.

After all, are they not the ones who pay your bills?  If this is what the majority want, then I will back off. Otherwise, I rest my case.

LARRY M. HEAD  

Hotchkiss


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