Printed letters, July 18, 2010
Health czar supports wealth redistribution
Via recess appointment we have an Obamacare czar, Dr. Donald Berwick.
Dr. Berwick has said: “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional (sic).”
Berwick on rationing: “Society makes decisions about rationing all the time” and the “decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”
But never fear, he praises a United Kingdom effort that “developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.”
So, not only will we ration care, scientifically, but will also probably have to create that “death panel” that was, we were told, never, ever in the plan. I detect bull-droppings in all the many hundreds of pages of an unread bill.
Firing of police officers was an overreaction
The recent firing of three Grand Junction Police officers as a result of destroying private property in a homeless camp concerns me from a fairness standpoint. I understand Police Chief John Camper’s concern over the unprofessionalism demonstrated by the actions of the officers. I also understand the chief’s desire to make it very clear that kind of activity is unacceptable by officers in the Grand Junction Police Department and also by implication in other law enforcement agencies.
The rule of law in our country dictates that punishment for an injustice should be proportional to the crime. I, in no way, defend what the officers did, but feel effectively ending three men’s careers as a result is an overreaction to the acts that were done and the lack of good judgment by the three officers.
My comments are in no way to be considered an attack on Chief Camper, whom I believe to be an outstanding law enforcement officer and a credit to the Grand Junction Police Department as its new chief.
Many people can claim Tillie Bishop as a friend
My friend Tillie — this title fits with anyone who knows Tillie Bishop.
I met Tillie aboard a plane he was on when he was moving here from Greeley College to go to work for Mesa College. I was the Marine Corps recruiter in Grand Junction serving western Colorado at the time.
We both were affiliated with the Elks Lodge as officers, with Tillie moving his membership to the Grand Junction Lodge 575. He accepted a vacancy as a chair officer and served through the lodge to become exalted ruler.
Without a doubt, Tillie Bishop is, and has been, one of the best friends I have and I am sure many other people feel the same way. We are indeed very fortunate to have Tillie and his wife, Pat, in our community and are very appreciative of his uniqueness and ability to get things done.
Best wishes, good health and a long life to our friend, Tillie, and his lovely wife, Pat. I am sure this comes from all who know them.
JAMES K. DYER
Community support made dinner a success
We would like to publicly thank some local businesses for their support in making our first annual Sportman’s Wild Game Dinner a success recently. It is good to know we have businesses that give support to the local community and they deserve acknowledgment and our sincerest thanks.
We appreciate the generosity of all the local entities and businesses that supported our event. We wish them all the best.
R. CHRIS HANKS