Printed letters, August 19, 2010

Record shows Republicans are the real big spenders

The Republicans accuse the Democrats of being big spenders. Let’s look at history and the facts.

Because of World War I, the deficit stood at $16 billion in 1930. In 1946, after World War II, the deficit stood at $242 billion. Then came Korea and Vietnam. The deficit stood at $451 billion in 1981.

Then came Reagan. He cut taxes and increased defense spending. Reagan spent more taxpayers’ money from 1981 to 1984, than what the country spent from George Washington to Jimmy Carter.

When Reagan left office in 1988, the deficit stood at $2.3 trillion. The deficit increased every year, except under President Clinton, we had a $39 billion surplus.

Then came George W. Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress in 2001. The deficit stood at around $5 trillion. They got us into two tragic wars that we can’t win and they doubled the national debt.

ALFRED LEFEBRE

Grand Junction

Government must prioritize just as families have to do

I see there is considerable concern that Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 will severely restrict the tax revenues to our municipalities. We have heard before of the dire consequences of tax reductions, but somehow most of these disasters never seem to materialize.

Since the effect of these proposed tax reductions is so uncertain, I plan on using the Pelosi philosophy of judging legislation that she put forth on March 9 concerning the passing of the recent health care legislation. She said, “We will have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.” After all, if they don’t work as advertised, we can always repeal them.

In difficult times, when public funds are short, it always seems as if we are threatened with the layoff of teachers, firemen and policemen. Surely there must be other categories of government employees other than these that might be considered less essential. And, perhaps, government could even eliminate or reduce some of the services that are not essential to the proper functioning of government. Most families must consistently prioritize spending as they manage their limited resources, and the time has come for government to match its expenditures to its income, not the reverse, as has been their assumption for far too long.

Liberal progressives frequently and proudly espouse the many wonderful things that government has provided us, but they are unable to tell us of the wonderful things left undone by private enterprise because government has stolen their money through excessive taxes. And, there would have been many more wonderful things because of the inherent efficiency of capitalism.

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”  — Thomas Jefferson.

HANS CROEBER

Montrose

Area lost great physician with death of Dr. Johnson

Recently Grand Junction lost one of its finest physicians – Franklin (Bing) Johnson MD.

Dr. Johnson was a radiation oncologist. Over his career he cured thousands of patients with cancer, and helped many others by reducing their pain and suffering.

Dr. Johnson was reared in western Colorado, and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the early 1960s. He completed a residency in radiology at University Hospital in Denver, and was drafted into the Navy. After completing his service obligation, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado. For many years he was chief of the radiation oncology service in the Department of Radiology.

In the mid-1980s Dr. Johnson was recruited to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Although he worked part-time in his later years, Dr. Johnson was at the hospital every week, including the week before he died.

Dr. Johnson was always available to his patients — after hours, on weekends, whenever they needed him. In Denver he sometimes would take the bus to visit a patient at home, since his physical ailments prevented him from driving.  He was the consummate caring physician, and was loved by his patients and their families. He was an inspiration to all of us who knew him.

Dr. Johnson had a variety of physical ailments from childhood but he never let them interfere with his service to patients. He was a model of the caring physician for medical students, resident and practicing physicians, and all of us who were privileged to work with him. The profession of medicine will miss him, and those of us who knew him will remember him always.

WILLIAM HENDEE, PhD

Chairman, Department of Radiology

University of Colorado, 1976-85

Rochester, Minn.



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