Printed letters, Jan. 28, 2011

In one of the most inexplicable votes this early in the legislative session, the Joint Budget Committee failed to spend an additional $124,000, or 30 cents a day, to feed the less-fortunate children among us an early breakfast before school through the end of this school year. There is talk of not funding the program at all next year.

It is perhaps one of the most callous and short-sighted budget cuts they could make. I fully understand the Legislature’s need to suspend the Senior Homestead Exemption on my property tax. I don’t like it — it puts a real strain on our budget — but with the state of the economy it is understandable.

Failure to fund so little for something that accomplishes so much is not.

Kudos to District 51 for funding the balance of this school year and for the assistance of Nutrition Director Dan Sharp and the school district for establishing the D51 Start Smart Breakfast Fund, where we can donate funds to ensure this program is ongoing in the years to come.

Send your donations to 2115 Grand Ave., Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.

GAY HAMMER Grand Junction

Health care law will cost us money

The Daily Sentinel has not been listening. Recent editorials imply that Obamacare can be improved with a few changes here and there and it would be the best thing for the American people.

This bill is 2,562 pages long, which our senators and representatives did not read. Never mind that it is written in lawyer speak. The party in power ignored all suggestions from the party in the minority and had to resort to bribery with taxpayer money to get it passed. They also ignored phone calls, e-mails, faxes, health care rallies, tea parties, town hall meetings and all of the people who vociferously opposed this plan. On a few occasions, they used paid union people to disrupt the opposition.

I watched the debate on C-SPAN. Democrats sounded like whiny children. Their tone was defensive and obnoxious.

Republicans stated their case, which included free-market solutions such as tort reform, ability to purchase insurance across state lines and a patient-doctor relationship that isn’t handled by a government bureaucrat in between. The Republicans also object strongly to the idea that government can force people to buy health insurance. Since when is this constitutional?

Under Obamacare, health care will not be improved, costs of health insurance will rise, not decrease, and the overall cost of the bill will be higher.

I recommend people read, “The Truth About Obamacare.” This is a new book written by Sally C. Pipes, president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, who is known for her expertise on health care and economic issues.

LINDA GREGORY

Grand Junction

Congress exempted itself from Obamacare

David L. McWilliams’ letter to the editor was wrong on the facts. The Democrats in Congress voted to exempt themselves from Obamacare. They do not have to participate in it.

They can see the doctor of their choice. They can pay a physician directly to treat them when this bill takes effect, two things we citizens may not be able to do under the law.

KIRK ANSTAETT

Grand Junction

Editorial off-base about ‘Immigration mistake’

Specifically, what is The Daily Sentinel trying to rehash? The editorial, “Immigration mistake,” sounds like potshots at anything GOP.

The Sentinel doesn’t like Senate Bill 54 because it “duplicates most” current law in Colorado and sounds dangerously like Arizona’s immigration law.

Ostensibly, the Sentinel joins the concerns of local police being required to perform the duties of federal immigration officers.

Further, the editorial states that SB54 is unnecessary; that Colorado doesn’t need to adopt an Arizona-type law; that the number of illegal immigrants has dropped in recent years; that state Sen. Kent Lambert’s proposed bill is a waste of time; that our legislative focus should be on improving the state’s economy; etc.

Getting sensitive, are we?

HAROLD V. BLACKMAN

Montrose



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