Printed letters, Sept. 10, 2010

Buescher sets the bar for Colorado candidates

I have voted for Bernie Buescher each time he has been on a Colorado ballot, and he has always made me feel proud of my support. He genuinely likes and cares about people, and is dedicated to doing things right in a way that is fair and upholds the law.

He has challenged us to report any suspicions of ineligible folks voting, and is currently investigating suspicions of voter fraud. I think it is good to extend the opportunity to vote to new citizens of our state and others who may feel ready to join the electoral process, when they can demonstrate their eligibility.

You will not find a finer, more dedicated public servant in Colorado than Bernie Buescher. Having said that, I must also say that I have come to admire the dedication of Laura Bradford, who defeated Bernie last time he was on the ballot. But I certainly believe that Buescher sets the bar.

SUSAN FULLER

Grand Junction

Dr. Bair was a caring, conscientious physician

I am responding to the reports printed in The Daily Sentinel about Dr. Louis W. Bair.

I was employed by him from the time that he came to the office until five years ago. During that time he was thoughtful to his patients, fair to his employees and showed his knowledge and caring to so many people.

I assisted him in minor surgery, pap smears and patient physicals during that time. He was concerned for the patients’ privacy at all times. He showed this in many ways. I cannot see how he could have been inappropriate with an employee or patient without my knowledge.

I was employed at Desert Sun, aka The Doctors’ Office, before and after he came to Grand Junction. During all that time, there were employees who did not agree with how the office was run. They were let go with good cause. I sincerely believe that this is a grudge allegation against Dr. Bair.

Dr. Bair was an excellent physician, employer and person. Grand Junction and the state of Colorado have lost a brilliant physician. I sincerely hope that the charges are reviewed again and Bair has his license reinstated. There are so many patients that miss him, and believe the same as I do regarding these charges.

SANDRA J. PATTERSON

Loma

Another bubble may burst unless voters stop Congress

I haven’t heard any discussion about the cause of our economy’s crash, other than people blaming George Bush. Little mention is made that Congress was controlled by Democrats during much of his tenure.

Obviously,  the economic crash was a joint responsibility.

It was probably initiated by the bursting of the real estate bubble.

Why did the bubble burst? The answer is simple: Consumers bought more house than they could afford. Who allowed them to do it? The lending institutions. Why did the lending institutions give these loans? Because our elected officials in Washington, D.C. demanded that they do it.

See the Community Reinvestment Act that was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, revised in 1993 at President Bill Clinton’s request, and by Congress again in 2005.

Easy credit meant consumers moved up, buying larger and larger homes, fueling the real estate boom. Adjustable interest rate loans, interest-only payment plans and increasing real estate prices kept inflating the bubble to the point where it finally had to burst.

It started a few years ago, when Clinton, Congressman Barney Frank and others in D.C. commanded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to severely relax the loan-qualification requirements that had been in place for years. Barney and the boys wanted good things for Americans. They wanted everyone to own their own place. Great idea — poor eventual result.

Loan qualification has apparently come full circle. Interest rates are very low and buyers are again required to prove they can repay the money that they want to borrow. People of a certain age will remember, that’s the way it was when we bought our first houses 20 or 30 years ago.

But now the boys in D.C. are doing what recent home buyers did. They’re spending money we can’t hope to repay.

Stop them before the big bubble bursts and your savings are worth nothing.

BARRY LINDSTROM

Montrose



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