Printed letters, Jan. 25, 2011

Rep. Scott Tipton’s telephone town meeting last week was non-inclusive. I received my phone call well into the session. It was my impression that robo-calls were made to registered Republicans when not enough people dialed in to ask questions.

As a Republican, I am appalled at the statements being repeated ad nauseum regarding the “job-killing, health care bill.” What about the people-killing bill offered by opponents to any health care reform? There is no bill at all.

As a health care provider, I am disconcerted by the number of people in Tipton’s district who remain misinformed. This country has illness care, not health care. Health care is preventative care and education to prevent, foil or inhibit a disease process. It is time we practice health care.

To know for yourself, and to make an informed decision, the following web sites are trusted and informed entities. AARP and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sites are easy to follow and are not in lock-step with either political party.

They are:

http://www.aarp.org/health-care-reform.

healthreform.kff.org.

Scott Tipton would be well served to access both of these sites to gain a better understanding of the evolving health care attributes.

BENITA PHILLIPS

Palisade

No members of Congress ‘refudiate’ health coverage

Instead of standing in the U.S. House of Representatives tilting at windmills while aping the copperheaded John Boehner, Rep. Scott Tipton would better have synopsized his new, personal health care coverage. “Colorado, here is my coverage. The co-pays, the exclusions and, most important, how it is paid for. I like it and I want every Coloradan to have access to the same, and I want it paid for in exactly the same way.”

All congressmen must love their socialized medicine. Not a single one has, in the immortal word of the comedienne, Sarah Palin, “refudiated” it.

DAVID L. MCWILLIAMS

Grand Junction

Girl Scout Cookies taste good and do good

People say it’s just a cookie. What can a cookie do? A Girl Scout cookie can do a lot. It could help send a girl to camp. It could help buy school supplies for needy kids. It could cheer up a soldier far from home. When you decide to buy Girl Scout cookies, girls decide where the money goes. They have big hearts and big imaginations.

I recently had a chance to meet with a group of Girl Scouts from the Grand Junction area who have their sights set on visiting Washington, D.C. They researched the area, decided what they want to do and how much it will cost, and now they’re making plans to raise the funds to get there by selling Girl Scout cookies.

This experience is definitely teaching these girls life skills, but the trip itself could also inspire a future career. I can’t wait for the day our first female president will reminisce about the time she visited Washington, D.C., and stood at the Lincoln Memorial with her Girl Scout sisters. Just think: the Girl Scout cookies you buy could be the ones that help inspire her.

As the parent of a Girl Scout Brownie, I have seen first-hand the real-life skills my daughter has learned during the Girl Scout cookie effort, everything from setting goals to learning to speak in front of people. Last year, she was fascinated by Girl Scouts giving back to her community through the Hometown Heroes program (where customers buy cookies to donate to the military, firefighters, police officers or other non-profit organizations), and I’m looking forward to working with her this year to help her learn even more from this valuable Girl Scout program.

No university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout Cookie Program. With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and manage money.

Almost everybody likes cookies, and there are a lot of cookies that taste good. But Girl Scout cookies are the cookies that actually do good. Find your cookies between now and March 13 at girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

MEGAN FERLAND

President and CEO

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Denver



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