Printed letters, June 28, 2011
I am exhausted by hope. From the “Man from Hope” to “Hope and Change,” all that has occurred is broadening of wealth redistribution, a huge increase in our national debt and an ever-increasing dependent society. I ache for the return to a limited government stressing personal responsibility and freedom.
We are not sending problem solvers to Washington, but rather personal wealth and power seekers, people who dole out public funds for their own personal benefit.
We, the voters, have been duped by these self-serving politicians saying that a little tinkering around the fiscal edges will solve all our problems and keep over-generous benefits forever flowing.
When a family borrows 40 percent of what it spends, it is bankrupt. So it is also with nations.
Congress and the executive branch have proved themselves uniquely incompetent. The Democrats, violating congressional law, have not even submitted a budget in two years.
When a few Republicans like Paul Ryan and Rand Paul submit ideas and budgets that will eventually balance the budget and reduce the debt, they are demagogued by Democrats and some Republicans.
Our Constitution does not promise government-provided lifetime health care or a secure retirement. Self-serving politicians have made these unconstitutional promises that are economically impossible to meet.
It is time to stand up as Americans and absorb our losses for the sake of our progeny, and demand that our congressmen balance the budget now! Many will be hurt, many will lose significant benefits and some will suffer. But, it is the price our generation must pay because of our personal greed and political inattention.
“Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook.” Again, we have ignored the sage advice of Thomas Jefferson. The hook is national financial ruin, and unless we drastically reduce our spending, our Republic will soon be history.
Tippetts should admit mistake on airport fence
The clock ticks on for the manager at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Will Rex Tippetts do the right thing and admit he made a mistake with his “wildlife” fence project or will he single-handedly destroy general aviation in Grand Junction?
It’s not too late to stop the fence work and minimize wasted money. Time to “cowboy up,” Mr. Tippetts.
BRUCE VERSTRAETE Grand Junction
Pakistan’s perfidy makes drone attacks necessary
In The Daily Sentinel “Letters” on June 23, Dave Murphy lamented the many innocents killed by drone attacks in Pakistan. He said: “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimates that in the 111 attacks last year, 957 innocent civilians were killed and thousands of survivors were pushed into wretched refugee camps.”
I searched the Internet for quite some time, and finally ran across what I suspect is his fair-and-balanced source: Pakpotpourri2’s Blog — Just another WordPress.com site. There is an article there by another fair-and-balanced reporter, Kathy Kelly, who “co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence.”
While I cringe at loss of innocent lives, we have not yet developed a bullet, guided bomb or the drone munitions that only hit the person or persons with their name on it. War is indeed hell.
I suspect Murphy would also have canceled the use of the Fat Man and Little Boy atomic weapons in World War II. And I admit that is not exactly a fair analogy, but only in scale.
Now if, and that is a huge “if,” the Pakistani government really, really wanted to root out al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists, we would rarely, if ever, have to resort to drone or SEAL team attacks. Is that an unreasonable expectation? This would practically eliminate any innocent loss of life there.
We should learn lesson about what felled Rome
Question: What have we learned in the last 2,066 years?
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” Cicero — 55 B.C.
Rome, financially and morally bankrupt, eventually fell. It never again achieved the power and glory that it once had.
Answer: Apparently nothing.