Printed letters, Oct. 29, 2010

Inaccurate attack ads may spur support for Fair Tax

The recent media blitz by the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees accusing Senate candidate Ken Buck and congressional candidate Scott Tipton of wanting to raise your taxes by 23 percent is not only a gross distortion bordering on an all-out lie, but it may well backfire in the long run by raising awareness of the Fair Tax bill, HR.. 25, proposed by Georgia Congressman John Linder.

This bill is currently bottled up in committee by the Democrat majority, but it will get a fair hearing after the Republicans take control of the House.

The Fair Tax eliminates all current payroll taxes (Medicare, and Social Security), individual and corporate income taxes, capital gains taxes and estate taxes. The revenue lost by the elimination of these taxes would be replaced by a consumption tax whose rate is set to exactly offset this lost revenue — that is, the Fair Tax is revenue neutral.

Although there are differing opinions of what this rate should be, most economists peg it at the now famous 23 percent used in the attack ads against Buck and Tipton.

The Fair Tax will retain the progressive features of our current tax system. Families with incomes below the poverty level will be issued tax rebates and taxation of all others will be proportionate to their spending.

The Fair Tax will not raise the price of merchandise. It merely replaces existing taxes whose cost is already embedded in the price of that merchandise. Corporations don’t pay taxes, they pass them on to the consumer.

The Fair Tax will eliminate the IRS and April 15 will become just another day, not one feared by the taxpayer.

For more information on the Fair Tax, visit http://www.fairtax.org .

RICHARD UDD

Cedaredge

Bennet and Salazar understand health care

The health care bill has cost-reduction components built into it while maintaining quality of care. Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. John Salazar are fully aware of the new mechanisms in place in the Grand Junction health care system.

They know that our electronic medical record system is a more efficient method of sharing medical data, resulting in accuracy and time-savings translating into savings of the health care dollar. A very low percent of the nation’s hospitals, pharmacies and medical offices use EMR. When EMR is used nationwide, the efficiency and savings we have here can be reflected in the rest of the country. This savings will be $18 billion if the country patterns after Grand Junction.

Both Bennet and Salazar have earned my respect for demonstrating their caring attitudes and actions as shown through their votes to provide access to health care. Salazar has gone to bat for veterans and has listened to Grand Junction physicians, who, working with Rocky Mountain Health Plans have lowered diabetic expenses through their Chronic Card Model.

Salazar knows better access to primary physicians reduces long term expenditures as demonstrated by RMHP and Grand Junction is famous for its health care model, pay for performance based on outcomes.

Payment for specialists is tricky because whereas the primary docs can work to prevent chronic conditions the specialists with the costlier patients have limited cost saving options. For them reducing medical litigation costs and developing fair compensation in medical legal cases is key. Sen. Bennet is emphatic that we become energy independent and he wants Colorado to be a leader in the effort.

Vote for Rep. Salazar and Sen. Bennet. They are working on solutions for our country and have my respect, appreciation and votes.

PENNY HEUSCHER

Grand Junction

Not voting amounts to quitting on our democracy

There are already predictions that voter turnout for the midterm elections is going to be down, as it is in most midterm elections. I have already had discussions with people telling me there is no one good to vote for so they will not be voting as a message that they disapprove of the system.

What nonvoters don’t realize is that our country got where it is due to voter apathy. For our democracy to work people have a job to do and that is to vote. Staying away from the polls on Election Day is giving up on the system.

Maybe that is why Sarah Palin is so popular, because she is the highest-profile quitter we have in the public eye.

If you think none of the candidates is worthy of the job, you must decide which of them is the lesser of two evils. With this action, over time, the lesser of two evils may not be as hard to decide.

Giving up the only voice you sometimes have in government by not voting isn’t sending any sort of message to the electorate other than that you really don’t care and are part of the herd of sheep ready for slaughter.

Don’t be a quitter. Get out and vote. Vote your heart.

PETER SICHELSKI

Whitewater

Ballot measures will hurt ability to protect our water

The Colorado Basin Roundtable opposes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on the Nov. 2 ballot as damaging to efforts to provide Colorado with adequate water supplies.

The Colorado Basin Roundtable is an organization of water providers, agricultural, recreational and environmental interests formed by state legislation in 2005 to help foster statewide water supply solutions. Members representing these water interests come from counties flanking the Colorado River mainstream from the headwaters at the Continental Divide to the Utah border.

Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 would, upon full implementation, create a $4.2 billion deficit in state and local government. Water service districts would be included in the carnage.

Furthermore, they would severely limit the ability of government and water districts to borrow money or raise revenues to fund infrastructure repairs, improvements, environmental protection and recreation. If these measures pass, Colorado’s ability to protect our water resources and natural environment, while providing adequate drinking water to a population slated to double to 10 million people by 2050 will be severely curtailed.

The Colorado Basin Roundtable urges voters to say “No” to ballot measures 60, 61 and 101.

JIM POKRANDT, Chairman

Colorado Basin Roundtable

Glenwood Springs

Colo. senators shouldn’t get orders from New York

A recent editorial in The Daily Sentinel, touting Michael Bennet, stated that one of the reasons to re-elect Bennet is that he has voted with the Republicans 50 times. That’s hardly a good reason.

An example of Bennet’s voting with the Republicans would be Senate Amendment 1618. It was widely reported that both Sens. Bennet and Mark Udall voted with the Republicans after receiving “a wink and a nod” from Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat from New York.

As reported, Schumer would take a vote count and the arrangement was that, if the bill would receive less than 60 votes with Bennett and Udall voting in favor, New York Chuck would let them know. Upon receiving the “wink and nod,” Bennet and Udall cast the 57 and 58 votes.

I e-mailed both Bennet and Udall and asked about several issues, this being one of them. Both senators answered each question except the one that asked if this story was correct.

Since when do our senators report to Chuck Schumer or represent the voters of New York?

I’m not a great fan of Ken Buck but I certainly don’t like New York Chuck.

I’ll be voting against Bennet and, if Udall doesn’t respond to this issue, I’ll not vote to re-elect him when his turn comes around. I prefer our senators represent the voters of Colorado.

BILL THOMAS

Grand Junction



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