Printed letters, Oct. 14, 2010

Donors make it possible to assist cancer victims

Big thanks to The Daily Sentinel for its special pink edition at the beginning of this month. Every year in Colorado, 3,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1,000 women are diagnosed with reproductive cancers.

Donations to the Breast and Women’s Reproductive Cancers Fund through our Colorado income tax form have allowed the fund to provide life-saving education and diagnostic services and life-enhancing survivorship support.

Many organizations apply for competitive grants all over the state. This year, two organizations in Grand Junction were awarded grants from the fund. Grand Mesa Medical Supply, LLC, received funding for garments for up to 15 women with lymphedema. St. Mary’s Hospital received funding for scholarships for 16 patients for a progressive exercise program. Both grants will aid cancer survivors who are struggling financially.

All of us trying to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors want to express our appreciation to donors in the Grand Valley.

MARIA E. CUTHBERT Advisory Board Member Breast and Women’s Reproductive Cancers Fund Grand Junction

Program screens women for potential breast cancer

We want to thank the brave women who shared their breast cancer survival stories in The Daily Sentinel earlier this month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we would like to take this opportunity to share some little-known information with women.

There is a program called the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, available across the state of Colorado. It is also referred to as the Butterfly Program here in Mesa County. The program is for women between the ages of 40 and 64, with income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, and it provides Medicaid for those that meet the eligibility requirements.

The Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction and Palisade, the Mesa County Health Department and St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center are local Women’s Wellness Connections sites where a woman might qualify for free screenings and may qualify for the BCCP/Butterfly Program. The screening and diagnosis for breast or cervical cancer must come from one of the Women’s Wellness Connection sites, so it is very important to contact one of these agencies if you suspect breast or cervical cancer.

Please visit the Women’s Wellness Connections website for more information on program requirements, http://www.womenswellnessconnection.org or call 1-866-951-WELL (9355) for more information.

Early detection is very important, and this program is available for those who may not have insurance in order to get the necessary medical care to fight breast or cervical cancer.

BLANCHE MEANS-MCDONALD

Adult Eligibility Supervisor

Mesa County Department of Human Services

Grand Junction

Tancredo would do better without Maes in race

Every once in a while, a news story gets published that expresses fact so clearly it ought be commended. This is true with the story by Charles Ashby headlined, “Hick tops $3M in gov’s race.”

There is a reason Dan Maes is pulling in only about $28,000, as compared to Tom Tancredo’s $149,000 — the same reason for the shortfall in funding for Maes is seen in the Rasmussen poll that shows Maes at only 16 support, with Tancredo pulling 35 percent.

It is far more credible to speculate that were it not for Maes, Tancredo would be doing better in funding and in polling than to accept the demented fantasy suggested by Maes. There is no way I could vote for the Democrat. And I must vote for the best man in the race, so that leaves Maes out cold.

ROBERT BURKHOLDER

Fruita

Tipton’s statements show a lack of sense, credibility

Scott Tipton has made statements concerning the government and his position that we should cut government spending by 50 percent. This is a tea party idea.

Where should we pull the money from? Veterans affairs? Education? Medicaid?

We have the No. 1 veterans hospital in the United States in Grand Junction. Could the reason be that we also have a congressman on the Veterans Affairs Committee doing the best job he can to help veterans in Colorado and the nation?

As a veteran, I support a fellow veteran in this position. John Salazar has my vote.

For Tipton, it’s easy to make statements when he’ll be a junior representative from a state where he’ll have no power.

When he takes on a man who has served in Washington for six years, I question his credibility in making these kinds of statements.

It’s easy to stand back and criticize, but to perform is a different story, and so far Tipton’s ability to perform shows me no sense.

FRANK LEEK Fruita



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