Printed letters, Nov. 25, 2010

Reasons for thanks during cancer fight

During my seven-month journey fighting bone cancer — with my wife, Pat, always at my side — we received incredible encouragement and inspirational support from hundreds of friends, family and even people we didn’t know, through prayers, telephone calls, cards, letters, visits, flowers and food. All of this gave us the strength and courage not to give up, maintain a positive attitude and to keep our faith.

On Nov. 16, I had a PET scan and the next day a meeting with my oncologist who told Pat and me she had good news. The tests were positive.

However, I’m not totally out of the woods yet. I will be taking a PET scan every four months for two years and will continue with physical therapy under my orthopedic doctor for an undetermined length of time. They want to keep an eye on me over the next several months and at intervals after that.

This is wonderful news.

Pat and I appreciate all the support, understanding and encouragement everyone gave us these past seven months. It helped us tremendously.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our ministers, all the people at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, Western Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver and Mantey Heights Rehabilitation Center.

My doctors, nurses and support staff were outstanding. They were caring, professional and compassionate.

As we continue the healing process, family and friends are encouraged to keep us in their thoughts and prayers. To everyone, Pat and I say thank you, thank you, thank you.


Grand Junction

Give thanks to those who care for our pets

‘Tis the season to celebrate the wonderful things we are thankful for, not only as individuals and families, but also as a community. Because pet animals have become such an integral part of our lives and we benefit from the companionship and love they give so freely, we felt it important to recognize the services provided in Mesa County to pets that temporarily have no home.

In these challenging times, both professionals and volunteers are working non-stop to provide a safety net of care for displaced pets. In order to provide these services efficiently, local agencies and veterinary professionals have joined forces to form the Mesa County Animal Welfare Forum. The goal is to make Mesa County a model animal community with the resources necessary to ensure that pets here remain healthy and safe, even during difficult times.

Several members of the Grand Valley Veterinary Medical Association are donating services to displaced pets in the care of local animal welfare groups.

Cats League and Assistance of the Western Slope, Community Cat Care, Grand Rivers Humane Society and Roice-Hurst Humane Society are caring for and moving pets into permanent homes as quickly as possible.

The Grand Valley Veterinary Emergency Center provides humane care to displaced animals that are injured while running at large.

Volunteers for Mesa County Animal Services continue to coordinate the transfer of animals in need of care to rescue groups across the state, and nation.

But most importantly, responsible pet owners across the Western Slope are making their pets’ health, safety and care a priority in spite of experiencing tough financial challenges. To all, we want to say, “thank you.”

During this holiday season, please take the time to enjoy your pets and say a special thanks to all those who are working tirelessly to keep pets in shelters or foster homes safe and healthy.

For a list of Animal Welfare Forum members, please go to www.


Grand Valley Veterinary

Emergency Center


District Representative

Colorado Veterinary Medical Assoc.

PENNY MCCARTY, Director Mesa County Animal Services

Grand Junction

TSA’s results don’t add up with its costs

Here’s some informal statistics, courtesy of

✓ Number of TSA employees eligible for unionization: 50,000.

✓ TSA budget for FY 2010: $7.8 billion.

✓ Estimated union dues TSA unionization will provide union bosses at $50 per month: $2.5 million per month, or $30 million per year.

✓ Number of Americans whose Fourth Amendment rights have allegedly been violated: Thousands and still counting.

✓ Number of terrorists caught by TSA: 0




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