Printed letters, March 30, 2011

A celebration marred, opined Bill Grant in his March 23 column about the one-year anniversary of Obamacare. My question for Grant is, do we normally celebrate a disaster?

It’s a disaster because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have said that Obamacare will increase health care spending by $310 billion and that 14 million people will lose health care if it isn’t repealed.

It’s a disaster because the Congressional Budget Office just upped the Obamacare price tag 8.6 percent to $1.44 trillion, saying that the cost will result in the loss of 800,000 jobs.

It’s a disaster because $500 billion was shifted from Medicare at a time when doctors are refusing to accept Medicare patients at current rates of reimbursement. Pay them even less and see what happens.

It’s a disaster because the new taxes, penalties and fees will take away $706 billion from the purchases of goods and services at a loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

I could use the whole Daily Sentinel letters section to describe a host of Obamacare disasters!

I have a better idea. Let’s defund and repeal Obamacare. In a year, there really will be something to celebrate.


Grand Junction

West Colorado University is the appropriate name

I can’t imagine why Mesa State College needs to wade through 30 to 60 suggestions for its name change, should that occur. How could it be anything other than West Colorado University?

There’s already a Western State in this part of the state, so anything “western” would be confusing. Besides, “western” sounds much more “directional” and not befitting a school moving into university status.

I am a graduate of East Carolina University, a title that has served that school well over the years. The alumni and present students have always been glad that, back in 1907, those responsible for the name chose “East” rather than “Eastern.”

I can’t see how any name other than “West Colorado University” will accurately reflect the presence of a new university in ... well, West Colorado.

BILL FORBES Whitewater

Grander title may be due for national monument

I found Rep. Scott Tipton’s reference to Colorado National Monument out-drawing Black Canyon National Park interesting.

As I remember, the change from Black Canyon National Monument to National Park was pushed through Congress by Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell years ago, with a comment to the effect that “who in his right mind would drive out of the way to visit a monument, which is probably seen as a sign by the side of the road?”

Does this sound familiar? Yes. Was it a successful economic development ploy? Apparently not.

Colorado National Monument outdraws Black Canyon and Sand Dunes because of its location just outside a major population center and near a busy interstate highway. Its visitation is driven by these factors, not its title.

I enjoy the monument and it might merit a grander title, but that alone is unlikely to turn it into a destination for visitors planning their trips or an economic development driver. It is nice, but it is not Yellowstone.

Does it merit the grander title? That should be the question.



Congress should halt Planned Parenthood funds

Our representatives in Washington need to support an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a wealthy organization in its own right, and has no need of public funding.

Right now, this national organization receives over $360 million in taxpayer dollars annually. If Congress is concerned about spending in an economic crisis, there is no reason to continue to fund the world’s biggest abortion provider, especially when the majority of American citizens do not want their tax money allocated for this purpose.

Further, there is no constitutional mandate for such funding. Congress needs to take a careful look at funding programs not mandated by the Constitution, starting with this one.


Grand Junction


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