Printed letters, Jan. 11, 2011

The term “invocation” is questionable as used by Amy Hamilton in her article about an atheist’s verbal offering at the beginning of a recent Grand Junction City Council meeting.

The word “invocation” connotes an appeal or summons to a higher power. The highest power to an atheist is ego, which is eminently obvious and perpetually present. No particular entreaty is required.



Keep Social Security for those who need it

This is in reply to letter writer Bill Marvel’s response to John Salazar’s op-ed article.

Regarding the cutting back or elimination of Social Security, if Marvel is worried about rioting when the Chinese stop buying our debt, he should also think about the rioting that will result from the severe reduction or elimination of Social Security, and the associated homelessness and destitution.

In a perfect world, everyone would have a safe and secure job where they could sock away 10 percent of their income, and with proper investments, retire in 30 to 50 years with plenty of money. However, our world is far from perfect.

Our economy has become so unstable since the 1960s that many people find themselves secure one minute, and destitute the next. Look at all the retirement plans and 401(k)s that were destroyed in the last economic meltdown.

Many people now do not have enough to retire on, and it’s not always their fault. Social Security needs to be there for those who need it!

I have paid into Social Security since I was 16, and I am now 50. It would infuriate me to see all that money that was taken from my paycheck and promised to me at retirement just vaporize into thin air.

Yes, my previous employers gambled away my retirement on risky investments several times, and I will probably need it.

We can solve the Social Security problem by designing it to be an “as-needed” system.

If people’s net worth when they retire is such that they can get along fine without it, then they don’t get it. If someone is retiring at the poverty level, then they should get their full benefit.

If a modest 1 percent to 2 percent tax hike is also needed, I’m willing to pay it to help ensure Social Security will be there when I retire.

I once overheard a very well-to-do retiree say, “My Social Security is just my play money for toys and Las Vegas trips.” Why should this person even be allowed to collect it if others need it and he doesn’t?

M. TODD MISKEL Grand Junction

Hunters don’t need more rules, restrictions

First, let me qualify myself. I have been a “subsistence” hunter for 60-plus years and have harvested deer, elk and bear. I have used every legal method for harvesting.

Now let’s get to the meat (pun intended) of the subject. Richard Kendall followed a bear into its den.  My thoughts are, “So what? Braver than I am.”

I have also killed a bear in a hole in the ground, but it was because the bear had run from me and was trying to hide. I did not need to crawl into the hole after it.

As to “fair chase,” what about the hunter who hides in the brush with complete camouflage and grease paint, then kills the unsuspecting animal as it walks by, no more than 10 yards or so away?

And what about another type of hunter, who has been mentioned by another letter writer? Using a spotting scope or binoculars, this hunter selects an unsuspecting trophy several hundred yards away, then collects the animal with a high power rifle and scope that can kill over into the next county.

What is a hunter to do? Be allowed to shoot only game that is at a full run away from you across an open meadow or hillside? That really makes for delicious, tender and tasty meat, what with all the adrenaline pumped through out their system, as well as being just a nonsensical idea.

Hunting is to go out, find, then harvest. I think the method used should be up to the individual hunter using his or her own moral discretion, as long as the method is legal.

There are enough laws and regulations on the books. We do not need any more unless it would increase public safety. And that leads into the suggestion of “Let’s outlaw hunting altogether, in the interest of public safety.”

Man, do you hear the outcry I have created? Sorry about that fellow hunters. Just wanted to show how asinine that thought is.




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