Printed letters, July 19, 2011

The letter to the editor printed July 15 used incomplete statistics in an attempt to blame the debt crisis solely on the Republicans. The following figures are available from on the Internet:

On Election Day, near the end of President Clinton’s last year in office, the national debt was $5.7 trillion. On Election Day, after four years of President George W. Bush and a Republican Congress, the national debt was $7.4 trillion. This was an increase of $1.7 trillion in four years.

On Election Day, after eight years of President George W. Bush and four years of a Democratic Congress, the national debt was $10 trillion — an increase of $2.6 trillion in four years.

On Election Day, after less than two years of President Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, the debt was $13.5 trillion. This was an increase of $3.5 trillion in less than two years.

On July 15 at 2:20 p.m., the national debt clock whizzed past $14.5 trillion. That’s an increase of $4.5 trillion since President Obama became our leader two and half years ago.

The score is: Republican Bush, $4.3 trillion in eight years and Democrat Obama, $4.5 trillion in 2 1/2 years.

Who’s the biggest spender?

It took two parties to get us in this fix. It’s everybody’s fault.



Debt fight isn’t about U.S. losing credit rating

According to the Bureau of Public Debt, the 1998 National Debt was 22 percent of the federal budget. In 2010, it was 11.5 percent, nearly half as much.

The numbers are out there for everyone to see, including the media and politicians. So raising the national debt again isn’t the end of the world.

It isn’t about the United States losing its credit credibility, or other pronouncements of doom. It’s about another Republican delay tactic to keep political pressure on Obama and keep him from addressing the more important issues.


Top federal staff don’t share in our pain

Every time I hear a politician from Washington tell me we have to “cut spending” or “We all must share in the pain,” I can’t help but want to ask them, “What is the unemployment rate of congressional and White House staffers?” While I know I won’t ever get a response, you have to admit it deserves an answer.

L. HUNLEY Grand Junction

Industrial chicken farm doesn’t fit North Fork

This is to oppose the proposed confinement animal operation on Powell Mesa, Hotchkiss, (a 400-foot by 50-foot building plus 15,000 confined chickens).

I have been an active real estate broker for over 30 years, and I’m speaking about the ramifications of protecting property rights, or in this case, not protecting property rights. By not having any zoning regulations, Delta County is always at a risk of decreasing the value of property and leaving itself open to any and all possible uses, including commercial or industrial. It could be moving in next door to you.

Allowing an industrial/commercial use in a mostly residential and agricultural environment will have detrimental effects on property values, negatively impact the quality of life and open the door for further developments of this nature. By allowing this, the county commissioners are setting a precedent for the next guy. Who is to stop the hog farm, the feedlot or the dump next door?

The North Fork Valley has quietly gained a reputation for all things green and healthy. Foodies flock to the valley, vineyards have sprouted and thrived, and it has attracted people who were in search of this lifestyle, rural ambiance, along with the natural beauty of the area. I can rightly say that the real estate market here has not suffered as much as other areas in Colorado have during this recession.

I hope that Delta County will take a stand to protect our property rights and defend the master plan. Otherwise the buying of property in Delta County will be like taking your money to Las Vegas. The right to develop and improve private property does not constitute the right to physically damage or adversely impact the property or property value or neighboring landowners. (Delta County Masterplan, 1996).

Please join me in protecting our property rights by a attending the Planning and Zoning meeting on July 21.



Gemaehlich gets it right on Lincoln Park courts

Thank you, thank you to Daily Sentinel reporter Allen Gemaehlich for referring to the tennis courts at Lincoln Park as the Clinton Smith Courts. This probably only makes a difference to us family members, but our grandfather and great-grandfather was so proud of his part in the tennis community in Grand Junction, and would have been thrilled to have these courts named in his honor.

We have many memories of tennis matches with “Pappy,” either playing, or watching. Thank you again.


And the family of Clinton Smith

Grand Junction


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