Printed letters, Oct. 21, 2010

Freedom is not free for health insurance

Columnist Rick Wagner’s paean to freedom last week in the cause of health insurance and health care is truly heart-warming.

Americans have the most health care freedoms of any people in the highly developed world.

We are free to have only as much health care as we can pay for at the moment we need it. We are free to go financially bankrupt if we need care and can’t pay for it without liquidating all our assets. We are free to lose our job and health insurance. And best of all, we are free to throw out all concern for personal responsibility and get some degree of health care by using expensive emergency-room treatment and transfer the cost to all others who do pay their bills.

Freedom is wonderful when you are voluntarily free to choose to gamble and lose and let others pay for your own irresponsibility.

Amendment 63 guarantees that you will continue to choose to go without insurance when you feel you don’t need it. It, however, also guarantees that when you do need insurance, meaning you either already have a serious medical problem or are likely to have one in the future because of aging, you will only be able to get insurance based on the likely expenses you will incur for the insurance company. That means sky-high premiums.

Will you be able to pay for them then? How do you know when or if you need expensive medical care? Save up for that rainy day? Will you have enough in the kitty for the day of need, which could be as soon as later today?

The need for mandated health insurance is so that everyone has the freedom to be able to buy insurance, regardless of pre-existing conditions, and with the freedom to not have coverage cancelled when you most need it.

Freedom is not free, as people like Wagner so often crow.


Grand Junction

Amendment 62 enshrines most Americans’ beliefs

I urge all Coloradoans to vote “Yes” on Amendment 62, the Personhood Amendment to the Colorado Constitution.

This amendment simply ensures that all human persons are afforded equal protection under the law, from the beginning of biological development, rather than from birth, as the law is currently stated.

It simply requires the elector to agree with what the vast majority of Americans already agree upon: That human persons deserve legal protection from the beginning of their natural, biological lives.


Grand Junction

‘Clear the Bench’ ballot group is clearly partisan

I agree with The Daily Sentinel about the “Clear the Bench” flyer I received. It was just a veiled attempt at politicizing the Supreme Court of Colorado.

I always look at the more reasonably framed arguments, and on the cover, it looked like a rational idea. As soon as I looked inside I stopped, because in the opening it turned into the usual party-bashing that has become so popular.

When will the far right and the far left grow up and talk things out like adults instead of like a bunch of fifth graders who just resort to name calling?



Walker Stapleton is best candidate for treasurer

While I am not surprised by The Daily Sentinel’s endorsement of the incumbent state treasurer, I am saddened that the Sentinel could not see the difference between her and Walker Stapleton.

Walker has a deep educational and practical background in business and finance, whereas his opponent is a lifelong bureaucrat.

Colorado needs more people from the private sector willing to put their talent working with businesses to work for Colorado. Our state needs a businessman now more than ever in the office of the treasurer.

The best choice for the people of Colorado is Walker Stapleton, not his incumbent opponent.



Bosley is the best choice for CU Board of Regents

Readers who care about the future of higher education in Colorado must care about this year’s race for University of Colorado Regent at large.

Critically needed budget choices may include faculty pay and increased teaching loads that could raise classroom hours beyond their current average of less than seven hours per week.

Which candidate is going to be more prepared and objective in making these strategic choices?

Steve Bosley is a 30-plus year, experience-toughened, entrepreneurial-minded businessman who understands large operations, complex budgets and budgeting processes. His current, hands-on involvement as a regent has already produced tens of millions of dollars of savings.

He has no vested interest other than the well-being of the university and its students.

Bosley’s background and experience are proved by his accomplishments. In his spare time, Bosley founded the Bolder Boulder 10k race.

Bosley’s well-funded opponent is a CU Boulder Law School faculty member with a background in employment discrimination law and class-action lawsuits, not in financial decision-making. This background offers neither the substance nor the relevance to deal with the most severe financial crisis in CU’s history.

As a CU law professor, she would have to vote against her own vested self-interests and the interests of her fellow professors to choose what’s best for CU.

In sharp contrast, it was Bosley who supported and pushed for the Board of Regents to fire the controversial professor, Ward Churchill.

As a regent, Bosley was most supportive and instrumental in helping bring about the CU-Mesa State College partnership to offer an accredited engineering program in Grand Junction.

This is no time for conflict of interests, politics or on-the-job training. There is just too much at stake.





And 12 others from

western Colorado

Six-piece wardrobe story was great change of pace

The article by Melinda Mawdsley recently in The Daily Sentinel about her six items of clothing was a nice change of pace from the politics and bad news that seems to dominate the newspapers and airwaves nowadays.

It was nice to see the pretty lady having fun with her pretty clothes. Married men take heed: All your wife needs to look really nice is a six-piece wardrobe.



Daugherty was tireless on recent Honor Flight

I want to tell the staff of The Daily Sentinel just what a gift it was to have Gretel Daugherty accompany us on the recent Honor Flight. I have pictures of her — she is tireless in her efforts to capture the moment.

She was up and trying to get the story, on the plane, in the bus, at the dinner and always with such compassion. I saw her working the entire flight (both coming and going). She was the first out of the buses as we tried to unload some 100-plus passengers. She was running ahead of the troops, trying to get the pictures and she was always the last to load. She had to be exhausted.

There was more than one occasion where she herself had tears and yet she was always so respectful of the storyteller — trying to capture the emotions so that all those of us who could not be there could see and feel the emotions that were so rampant on this trip.

The Sentinel was certainly well-represented, as you could not have picked a better ambassador for your paper.

She is a wonderful individual, as well as an amazing reporter. Thank you.




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