Printed letters, Dec. 9, 2010

Poll on fixing economy is biased

According a recent Associated Press article published by The Daily Sentinel, the Obama administration and the Republicans in Congress want our ideas on “how to fix the economy.” So the AP asked Americans for their ideas.

The first idea was to “increase immigration” of foreigners with advanced skills. It is true that Americans want to select highly qualified immigrants, but this just isn’t high on the economy fix list.

The second idea was to pursue an education that is needed in the economy, such as engineering. Good idea, but what has this to do with government?

The third idea was to promote business loans. But, it is not the lack of money holding back business expansion. It is the lack of confidence in the future. How will tax rates change? How will health care and other new regulations affect hiring?

The next idea advanced was to blackball free trade. But, free trade creates jobs. Tariffs do save some jobs, but they destroy more than they save. Tariffs only pit the lavish political spenders (unions) against the rest of us.

Finally, the AP suggested that the government support the private sector. Two separate support systems are mentioned, tax incentives and direct government money. Know the difference. An investment tax credit goes to all who make qualified investments, but direct government handouts invariably go to those who have provided campaign money.

Where the AP came up with these jarring answers may be a mystery to some, not me. I view the AP as pushing an opinion, not a news organization. I believe Americans are crying out for less government spending, less regulation, lower taxes and unbiased reporting.

BRUCE TAYLOR

Grand Junction

Leaders should show the way on pay cuts

Our president is doing well with his agenda to only give our troops a 1.4 percent raise. This after taking his time to ponder the troop surge, while our men and women are taking fire and being blown up by IEDs.

Does anyone remember that after President Barack Obama was elected he never once made a comment on Nancy Pelosi’s hike on salaries for Congress and their staffs? How about the increase in their expense funds?

If we want to speak about the deficit, shouldn’t the cuts start at the top with our nation’s leaders?

Lead by example. No wonder everything is in a state of disarray.

MIKE PARKER

Fruita

Article portrayed good doctor in negative light

In The Daily Sentinel’s Nov. 29 article, “Health pros must reveal background,” it mentioned Dr. David Wayne Miller in a negative light, citing a brain surgery operation where the patient died. It should go without saying that brain surgery is extremely complex and does not always have a positive outcome. It is truly akin to “rocket science.”

Not only do I believe that Dr. Miller is an excellent doctor, but he was chosen by other medical doctors for the honor of being named as one of the five best neurosurgeons in 2004. Denver’s Mile-High Magazine, “5280” included him in the October 2004 “Top Doctors” issue. He was included based upon voting by the physician community. Also, Dr. Miller did an excellent job performing neck surgery on me in 2004.

The Daily Sentinel article did a disservice to a doctor chosen by his peers as one of Colorado’s best. I trusted him with my life then, with excellent results. I would do so again.

THOMAS HALL

Parachute

Don’t exempt Congress from federal pay freeze

Why does the proposed federal pay freeze not include members of Congress or their staffs? This is yet another example of how members of Congress (from both parties) are totally out of touch with the real world.

Please contact your senators and representatives and ask why they are exempted.

PAUL PRESTON

Grand Junction



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