Printed letters, Nov. 17, 2010

The Daily Sentinel’s coverage of Craig Meis has been nothing but character assassination, not journalistic reporting. Sentinel reporters have not checked the officer’s or his supervisors’ political affiliation and whether they are using this to further the Democratic Party agenda.

We have been subjected to equipment checks and held up launching our boat because we had anti-Obama stickers on our trucks while people with “Obama-Biden” stickers were waved on. How many warnings has this officer written, and how many times has he looked the other way?

These tea party members are the same ones who nominated Dan Maes for governor and the Sentinel wants us to think they are credible?

The reporting on this issue has to be the journalistic joke of The Daily Sentinel’s history.

J.D. RINDERLE

Grand Junction

Meis’ decision skills are now in question

Commissioner Craig Meis has misrepresented himself as an honorable and mature, critical-thinking person. This is a person whose job it is to analyze a county problem, digest information regarding it and how it impacts county residents, come up with viable options to cure the problem, then initiate and evaluate the outcome.

It is obvious from this incident that his decision-making maturity is in doubt. If this is how poorly Meis does his job as a civilian, then all of Meis’ decisions as a commissioner may need to be re-evaluated, especially where Meis took the lead in a county decision.

In addition, how could Meis conclude that he is not intimidating an officer of the law when Meis drops names and contacts the officer’s superiors? I would have felt intimidated.

Kudos to this officer and kudos to The Daily Sentinel for remaining tenacious to truth on this matter.

Term limits are a must at all levels of government, no matter how good someone appears to be doing his job.

BENITA PHILLIPS

Palisade

Rick Wagner is off-base regarding corporate taxes

Rick Wagner’s remedies for undoing what he thinks are Congress’ dastardly economic policies seem baseless.

Corporations were contributing 34 percent of federal income tax revenues in the robust U.S. economic growth years of the 1960s. They now pay less than 19 percent.

Many Fortune 500 corporations use loopholes they effectively lobbied for or nefarious accounting methods or register in the Cayman Islands so they pay no federal income tax at all. No wonder we have to print money to cover our deficits. And so much for Wagner’s perception of punishing tax policies.

Most manufacturers haven’t fled the United States because of burdensome regulations, either. They left because of cheap, semi-slave foreign labor. This seems more fitting of the William Jennings Bryan quote Wagner offered of pressing “down on the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

Wagner wants us to shower corporations with more tax breaks and holidays to have them repatriate their money to our shores. I have a better idea. If they can’t even cough up taxes comparable to the share of the neighborhood convenience store clerk, depatriate them. Since corporations are deemed persons now, they wouldn’t be able to use our highways, banking system, airports etc. without going through our immigration system or sneaking in through the desert.

I bet our money printing presses would stop and the federal deficit would disappear in a hurry.

JOEL PRUDHOMME

Grand Junction

Social workers also lose if Medicare pay is cut

I noticed the recent article about cuts to Medicare reimbursement to doctors. Please be advised that medical doctors aren’t the only professional persons who will see cuts if such regulations take effect.

Clinical social workers are also the “target” of proposed cuts. It may be of interest to your readers that clinical social workers perform an estimated 75 percent of all psychotherapy in the United States. We work with many persons who would not be helped in other ways without social-worker services.

MAYNARD HESSELBARTH

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Grand Junction



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