Printed letters, Jan. 5, 2011

John Salazar’s column

shows spending problem

John Salazar’s swan-song column, published in The Daily Sentinel Dec. 31, told me more about why the country is bankrupt than anything else I’ve read.

In two short columns he mentioned “acquired funding” or something similar 14 times. Assuming all 435 congressmen across the country do the same thing in bringing home pork, this is a massive raid on money that does not exist and has to be borrowed or created.

The huge budget deficits we have incurred for decades are a result of only one thing — the demands of tax receivers are greater than what taxpayers are willing or able to pay. Tax receivers come in all stripes, from government employees to welfare recipients to Social Security and Medicare recipients, to all branches of the armed forces.

No one yet in politics is willing to say the obvious: If we are going to prevent a financial meltdown when the Chinese stop buying our debt, we are going to have to dramatically slow down the gravy train that tax receivers are riding.

In addition to shutting down entire government bureaucracies, like the Departments of Education and Energy, our leaders must realize that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme that will not survive.

After one generation of a gradual phase out, replaced by every grade of schooling teaching a course on finances and people saving at least 10 percent their take-home pay for retirement, the looming Social Security collapse could be eliminated. This nation cannot survive spending more than it takes in, any more than a family can.

Unless serious changes are made, and they will be very painful, we risk a downfall the likes of which we have never before seen. When it takes a bucket full of freshly printed money to buy a loaf of bread, the Los Angeles riots will look like a Boy Scout campfire.

BILL MARVEL

Grand Junction

Proposal for Pi&#241on Grill looks to be self-serving

As the president of Grand Valley Anglers of Trout Unlimited, representing our small nonprofit, I had to scour the valley to find a place where we could meet, enjoy good affordable food and not be charged an arm and a leg for a quiet meeting space (it’s free). Though we found that there were very few viable options, Steve and his team have done an exceptional job and deserve high praise for the individual quality that they provide. The current management at the Pi&#241on Grill represents the essence of what both local residents and guests to the valley regard as the charm of Grand Junction.

Regardless of what selection process was used to award future management of the grill, the fact that the City Council would consider appointing its own management to run the operation above that of a very well-managed small privately owned business will not be well received in the community.

Certainly, the recent federal elections demonstrate that the public will not tolerate even the appearance of self-dealing. Why would the good people at both the City Council and staff level want to open such an issue to public concern?

MAC CUNNINGHAM

Grand Junction

‘Nation of nannies’ will last until the bubble bursts

As a guest on TV recently said, “We really are a nation of nannies!”

Don’t want to work? Take a two year vacation and take government unemployment. Hungry? Use government food stamps. Kids hungry? The schools will feed them with government money. Sick? No worry, the government will give you free medical care.

All this, and 48 percent of our government-takers don’t pay a dime in income taxes. In fact, many get a check from the IRS for nothing.

What a pathetic change for a nation of people who used to work for whatever they and their families needed.

Many wonder why government employees earn more than the average person and have three times the retirement benefits most of us enjoy. No wonder half of the states are broke. The government takes care of everything, no need to worry until the bubble breaks.

R.M. SHERMAN

Grand Junction


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