Printed letters, October 19, 2010

Amendment 62 offers
chance to choose life
Over 40 years ago, the state of Colorado legalized abortion, followed in 1973 by the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision where the majority struggled with the question: “When does the baby become a person?”

In spite of biblical counsel that plainly says life is valued as life from the beginning of biological development, they removed the rights of the child within the womb to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The child became the property of the mother, a non-person, to be disposed of as she saw fit. In their uncertainty and confusion, the Supreme Court justices might have given the babies the benefit of the doubt, but they didn’t.

We did not have the brilliant images of in-the-womb photography in those days. The, “collection of cells,” was just a zygote, hidden from view and without impact. Now, we see differently. The child is recognizable in very early stages of development. We feel the impact of its presence.

Since 1973, the lives of over 52 million of these little ones have been terminated. Each one had parents who were greatly impacted by the loss of the child they would never know. Post-abortion syndrome, the vague sadness and depression that would plague so many, became a new affliction.

Abortion hurts the parents, especially women, as well as the children. I know this from personal experience, as well as from ministering to many others who have found forgiveness and healing over the years.

It was a bad, short-sighted law and opinion from the beginning. Now, through Amendment 62, we have the opportunity to restore value and dignity to all human life, no matter how small. A “Yes” vote on the Personhood Amendment, Amendment 62,will begin the process. Let’s choose life and begin the healing.

PASTOR JIM HALE

Palisade

Writer understated level of medical group support

A recent column by Rick Wagner misrepresented the Colorado Medical Society. He correctly pointed out that the Colorado Medical Society is actively opposed to Amendment 63. Unfortunately, he understated the level of support within our organization regarding health reform in general.

We asked our house of delegates last month their opinion on the health reform bill, a bill that includes an individual mandate to purchase insurance. They were asked, “Warts and all, are you glad health reform passed?” The results showed 44 percent responded “Yes,” 31 percent were not sure, and 25 percent said “No.”

CMS proudly stands beside Club 20 and other organizations that believe the individual mandate is required within any health reform legislation. It is the individual mandate that allows individuals with otherwise uninsurable pre-existing conditions the opportunity to purchase health insurance from private companies. It is the individual mandate that provides a mechanism to control the cost shift in health care.

Contrary to current rhetoric, private insurance companies still exist in America. Furthermore, without the individual mandate, we would need a public system, a public program or a socialized system to create the mechanism to cover pre-existing medical conditions.

The Colorado Medical Society encourages you to vote “No” on Amendment 63.

MICHAEL J. PRAMENKO, M.D.

President

Colorado Medical Society

Grand Junction

Attack ad against Tipton example of pure deception

Recently, I heard a radio ad attributed to http://www.majorityaction.net, claiming Scott Tipton advocated a new 23 percent sales tax on everything. I believe this refers to the Fair Tax proposals being discussed as an alternative to the federal income tax.

The Fair Tax is a replacement tax that is claimed to be revenue neutral. The majorityaction.net presentation implies it is an additional tax that, if it were adopted, would double the federal tax burden on the American people.

This ad is an example of pure deception. It does not illuminate an issue and reveal its relevance to our future. It attempts to deceive and confuse us. As such, it is the enemy of our democratic system, which requires clarity of expression and understanding of major issues.

If you peruse the website, http://www.majorityaciton.net, you notice that its stated objective is to elect a Democratic majority in Congress. The website is devoid of any reference to issues that are important to our future and devoid of any claim to be focused on improving the country. It promotes the Democratic Party as an end unto itself, as opposed to a means to improving the country.

Elections are our democratic means to resolve differences of opinion in what kind of government we want.  Deception and diversion are destructive of this objective. Clarity of expression and our willingness to listen to ideas are requisite to informed decisions. Hopefully, we will recognize and condemn deception and recognize and applaud clarity.

ED ARNOS

Grand Junction

Democrats are best hope for the LGBT community

Members of the lesbian, gay, bi- and transgendered community are still in the same battle other groups have already persevered through. We are unable to marry, several companies refuse to give medical benefits for partners and we cannot serve openly in the military.

As a community, we were promised a lot during the 2008 presidential campaign. We have tasted success and been so close it was painful when defeated. Without candidates who are open-minded and support LGBT Rights, we’ll have an additional two to four years of oppression.

Congressman John Salazar, Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado State Senate District 7 candidate Claudette Konola and 2 District Congressman Jared Polis are the ticket. Salazar, Bennet, and Polis have a proven record of voting for LGBT rights. Konola has been very upfront with her support of the LGBT community and received the endorsement of One Colorado.

I cannot stress enough the pain and disappointment we will share if these candidates get unseated (not elected for Konola). Scott Tipton, endorsed by Mitt Romney (who flip-flopped so often on LGBT issues, no one knows where he stands), and Ken Buck, publicly opposed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell. This is just the start of their closed-mindedness on LGBT issues.

At the end of the day, we need to remember it is the Congress that makes laws in the United States. We need open, fair-minded candidates if the LGBT movement toward equality has a chance.

I encourage people to get out, inform their friends, family and others in the LGBT community. Let’s send the message to Washington that we want LGBT rights, and the Colorado Democrats are the ones to help us achieve this.

JEREMY WATSON

Grand Junction

Dan Maes will deliver for people of Colorado

Who is Dan Maes? After viewing the gubernatorial debate Oct. 13 it is clear who Dan Maes should be — the next governor of Colorado.

Maes understands the priorities and the solutions needed to put Colorado back on its feet.

Maes talks straight, identifies the role of government in Colorado and the methods to achieve these goals. This state will be well-served by his leadership. Understanding the needs of Colorado is much broader than the needs of Denver. Dan Maes has identified what it will take to turn this state around in a positive manner quickly, professionally, and with little to no negative impact on all residents of Colorado.

Other candidates appear to have the California framework for disaster laid out for the future of Colorado. Following this lead, Colorado will also be bankrupt in the near future.

Dan Maes will bring Colorado back to Colorado, rebuilding the engine that drove our state for years in the right direction.

If you are not sure that the mayor of Denver will lead the state and represent all Colorado residents, please consider Dan Maes as a leader capable of moving Colorado in the right direction. Your vote can make a difference.

RANDY LITWILLER

Crawford



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