Printed letters, March 18, 2010

Local veterans hospital could be national model

I am a veteran of that Asian “police action” in the late 1960s. Since coming back home in 1970, I have had the opportunity to visit a number of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country, as well as regular medical facilities when I was fortunate enough to have insurance. I have been in Grand Junction since 1994 and have made use of the VA Hospital here over these past 15 years.

I am moving out of state and wanted to take this opportunity to thank this VA center and let those who may not know what a fine facility it is. In 15 years, I have never been treated with anything less than the best of care and respect. Attitude and care of the staff have been consistently positive, professional and kind. How this facility came to have such a high degree of care and professionalism is beyond me. But please believe that, at the age of 60, I have never had better care.

Perhaps there are some VA facilities that do not measure up. Maybe our medical care needs an overhaul. But if I had a magic wand and the throne of power, I would make the Grand Junction VA Medical Center the model for all that is right with caring for people in need. There is a feel of family there and I will miss them.

ROBERT SIPES

Grand Junction

Democrats, not the GOP, are increasing our taxes

As a strong supporter of both Scott Tipton and the Fair Tax, I find it necessary to comment on Gary Harmon’s recent article about Democrats attacking both. I’m tired of Colorado Democrats’ contrived criticisms of good people and good ideas.

Tipton is a man of the people and will represent us well in Washington. The Fair Tax, if it is ever implemented, would greatly help our nation and its citizens become prosperous and strong once again.

A lot of peoples’ minds would be changed in favor of the Fair Tax if they would read the book about how it works.

“The Fair Tax Book,” by Neal Boortz and Rep. John Linder, is an interesting and short book. It gives a history of the income tax in this country and how it has slowly and insidiously taken control of our daily lives.

If the Fair Tax should ever take the place of the IRS, our tax burdens would be greatly reduced, as well as government control of our lives, something the Democrats don’t want.

Working-class families would be helped by this new tax system, not hurt, contrary to what the present system does to them.

To think that Scott Tipton can increase (or decrease) our federal taxes is laughable. It is impossible for one legislator to do that, simply because he favors the Fair Tax. It would take congressional action to create the Fair Tax system, adoping a new amendment and then repealing the old amendment that established the income tax. In addition, the states would also have to approve the amendment before it became law.

When it comes to massive tax increases levied on us by both Denver and Washington, it is the Democrats who are doing it, not Republicans like Scott Tipton.

SUE BENJAMIN

Grand Junction

Foster could be model for other public officials

Bravo Tim Foster, a breath of fresh air in an era of tone-deaf public officials.

Although Tim and I have had public-policy disagreements during his legislative career, I always admired his work and, in particular, his outstanding performance at Mesa State.

Now I salute Tim for the courage to admit to the mistake with the body farm and to chart a new course. He has listened and we should hold him up as an example to public officials throughout the U.S.A.

If only those in Denver and Washington would follow Foster’s lead, I think the course of this state and the nation would be greatly served.

Congratulations.

TOM HUERKAMP

Orchard City, Colo.



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