Printed letters, July 7, 2011

In response to the letter to the editor in the July 1 edition of The Daily Sentinel, accusing others of twisting the meaning of words: A person doesn’t have to twist the meaning of the words of letter writer Arn McConnell.

I am always amazed at how Democrats try to use demagoguery to further their views.

If a person believes that the government should not raise taxes, then those on the left say that person wants to make the elderly eat cat food and that the person wants to take the children’s health insurance or let the infrastructure fall apart.

They only know how to use scare tactics. There is no substance to their ideas. It has been proved if you want the economy to improve, cut taxes, don’t raise them.

I have seen what raising taxes does to the economy as well as what tax cuts do to the economy. I am old enough to have voted against Carter and for Reagan.

I believe each person in this country should have a right to say if their taxes go up or not. I agree that it takes money to run our government, but higher education is not a right. It is a privilege.

I worked my way through college. No one paid for it. I received no government grants, just loans that I am paying back.

I do not hate the government, nor do I believe that other conservatives hate it. However, we are tired of the tax-and-spend politicians raising our taxes and not living within their means.

Those on the left seem to think their means are however much they want it to be. They believe we can just raise taxes some more.

Tax and spend is not the answer to our economy. Cut taxes and tighten the budget.

If the common, everyday person has to live within his or her budget, those who run our government should have to also. This should be at the state level as well as the national level.

DARRYL D. DIVINNY

Grand Junction

Science cannot answer most profound questions

Gary McCallister’s July 2 science column, “Humans alone delcare independence from physical laws,” is largely on the right track. He’d better be careful, or he may run afoul of the new antitheists.

I doubt that McCallister penned the headline for his July 1 column. A more accurate one would have stated, “Humans alone declare semi-transcendence.”

Isn’t it odd that, as McCallister states, Richard Dawkins, E.O. Wilson and others, propose pure determinism, but declare that they alone can transcend this position to scathingly denounce those who declare the very same thing, but come to different conclusions?

Physicist Stephen Hawking even goes so far as declaring “philosophy dead.” However, aren’t he and Dawkins simply philosophizing about this very thing themselves?

Science simply cannot answer man’s most profound questions.

TERRY BRIDGMAN

Grand Junction

Ale House was absent from recent patio article

I read the article about patios by Tess Furey in the July 1Out & About. It had no mention of the Ale House patio.

How can an article talk about Grand Junction’s great patios without The Best Of The West patio?

BRIAN OLIVER

Grand Junction


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