Printed letters, July 1, 2011

Should I feel guilty for wanting to sleep nights? I don’t want to worry about government spending us into bankruptcy. Like most people in our country, I’d like to see all those in need provided for, but we need to take care of ourselves first if we want to be able to help others. It’s like putting your own oxygen mask on first. Let’s save our economy first.

Why are reasonable people concerned? When President Barack Obama took office pledging he would lead us out of a recession, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. Back in April, just a little over two years later, that debt had grown to $14.2 trillion. Since last summer, the Federal Reserve has been printing money and thrown $2 trillion at the problem.

I think all of us would be happy if it worked, but it hasn’t. We still have anemic growth. The latest “stimulus” of tapping into our oil reserves smacks of desperation. The only significant growth has been in federal government, from 18 percent to 24 percent of our economy.

I heard a Democratic commentator say about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that he made his fortune turning around companies by firing people, as if that’s a bad thing.  I’d love to see him be able to do that with federal employees.

Please cut the government dead- wood and maybe we can all sleep better nights.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Mesa

Writer twisted the meaning of words

Nowadays, it seems for some, words can mean anything.

Take, for instance, “prosperity.” Based on his recent letter to the editor applauding the Mesa County commissioners’ resolution supporting TABOR, Kelly Sloan and his cohorts in “Americans for Prosperity Colorado” seem to believe our state prospers when our children are uneducated and uninsured, when our transportation infrastructure is crumbling and unfunded and when our justice system is ill-equipped to handle an ever-burgeoning case load.

Apparently, it is a sign of Colorado’s “prosperity” that many businesses are reluctant to move operations to a state that has, thanks to TABOR, hacked its funding of higher education.

(As Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. said, “If you are an intelligence-based economy, it isn’t good to be ranked 47th in higher-education funding.” But then, it appears intelligence is not a necessary prerequisite for prosperity under Sloan’s definition of the word.)

Never mind that Colorado has one of the highest average number of students per teacher (only eight states are worse), or that Colorado’s percentage of low-income adults and children with no medical insurance is much higher than in the nation as a whole. And all this at a time when Colorado’s tax burden is remarkably low. In fact, our state taxes are the fifth lowest in the nation.

Of course, taking a word and twisting its meaning is old hat for tea party groups like Sloan’s. For instance, they would have you believe it is “patriotic” to hate your government.

It is this hatred for the services provided through our elected representatives that I suspect actually underlies his support for TABOR and the local officials who have once again allowed dogma to trump the better interests of their constituents.

ARN MCCONNELL, Co-Chairman

Mesa County Democrats

Grand Junction

How can Senate ignore our immigration laws?

How is it possible that hundreds of individuals who have entered this country illegally, and remain in an illegal status, can gather in a meeting room of the Senate’s Hart Building on Capitol Hill?

In front of the group sat Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, supposedly the primary enforcer of immigration law.

In the modern vernacular, what part of “illegal” doesn’t the Senate understand?

If the U.S. Senate can choose, with executive collusion, the laws that it may ignore without consequence, why shouldn’t all Americans be able to make individual choices to brazenly ignore, with impunity, those laws that they consider “silly” or “superfluous” or “onerous” or “in need of change”?

ALAN METCALFE

Delta


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