Printed letters, May 19, 2011

Wagner may join those who
‘think themselves accurs’d’

Will Rick Wagner criticize every thing President Obama does?

You could wonder whether King Henry V was criticized in England after the battle of Agincourt. Instead of criticizing him, the king felt that men should “think themselves accurs’d” that were not in the battle with him, according to Shakespeare.

In the 2004 movie version of that battle, the king is asked at the end of the battle who the victor was. King Henry supposedly responded “hell if I know” or “who the hell knows.”

It would seem that it takes time to get true versions of details when battles end.  The idea of the four blind men describing the elephant should suffice. Nonetheless I believe Rick Wagner should hold his “manhood cheap” while he writes and criticizes President Obama.


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Bill will help those with Huntington’s disease

I am writing to strongly urge Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Rep. Scott Tipton to co-sponsor the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act of 2011 (S.648 /HR 718).

The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act is important to many local families, and to the more than thousands of Coloradans impacted by Huntington’s disease.

If passed, the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act would make it easier for people with Huntington’s to receive critical Social Security Disability and Medicare benefits.

Last year, more than 150 members of Congress cosponsored the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act — Republicans and Democrats — alike in the House of Representatives. HR 718, which was introduced in February, already has over 50 cosponsors in the House.

Huntington’s is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present, no effective treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes an individual’s ability to walk, talk and reason.

Eventually, every person with Huntington’s becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. HD profoundly affects the lives of entire families — emotionally, socially and economically.

The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act is a targeted, inexpensive way to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by HD.

For the last 12 years, I have been doing an annual fundraising and awareness-raising, long-distance bicycle ride for Huntington’s disease. Although no one in my family has HD, we know hundreds of families whose loved ones suffer from this genetic disease. We have a local support group that meets monthly.

By cosponsoring the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act, members of Congress can show their support not only for fellow Coloradans, but the nearly one million Americans throughout the country who are touched by Huntington’s.


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Pantyhose offer padding for uncomfortable rides

Reading Donald Rumsfeld’s excellent history of the federal government between the late 1940s and recent years, “Known and Unknown,” I came across an interesting story that bought an old memory.

In the early years of the Afghan war, Special Forces had inserted small detachments to direct the bombing of the Taliban.

At times, this was performed on horseback by soldiers who had never ridden a horse before.

Naturally, some of these soldiers developed bad saddle sores, which they first treated with Vaseline. The sand rapidly turned that treatment into areas akin to sandpaper. “Then some clever mind came up with a different solution: pantyhose,” Rumsfeld wrote.

Many years before, someone suggested pantyhose for long motorcycle rides. I borrowed a pair of my wife’s, (which were too small for me) on a ride from Colorado into Idaho. After riding two days, we pulled into a campground north of Boise, and I left that pair, totally shredded, hanging off a tree.

Later my wife bought me the largest size sold, which brought a puzzled look by the clerk. My wife had to explain that she was getting a gift for a very large friend. This pair lasted me for many years.

I wonder if any local cowboys have come up with this solution, or would they admit it if they did.




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