Printed letters, Sept. 20, 2011

Recent events make it clear that we must change the management of our country. We all know we’re too deeply in debt, and that the present government (both parties) won’t do anything about it. We all know that we cannot afford the ineffective, wasteful wars we are in. We all know that millions are unemployedw and suffering.

We all know there are companies and individuals who make immense amounts of money and pay little or no taxes. (Listen to Warren Buffett).

And we all know the country has been devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and drought. A huge amount of rebuilding must be done.

The people are the only ones who can do anything about this. We must start a grassroots campaign to:

✓ Bring our troops home within the next year.

✓ Put them to work rebuilding our bridges, roads and public facilities.

✓ Raise taxes on those who aren’t paying their share.

✓ Use a small part of the money to fund a few, highly trained, dedicated military fighters (such as the Navy SEALS) to conduct covert operations against terrorists. (These operations have already been more effective than the wars).

✓ Use the money saved from the wars and raised by taxes to hire the unemployed in rebuilding as above.

This can happen only if the majority of the people personally tell their congressmen, the president, the House and Senate leaders and local officials that this must be done. The Internet makes it very easy. Email, Facebook, Twitter and blogs are easy to use. All the contact info is there. We just need to do it, and soon.

The other “have” nations must take on more of their fair share of policing the world and fighting terrorism. They have displayed some signs that they are ready to do this (such as the recent NATO action in the Middle East and Libya).

This will give us the breathing room to rebuild the United States back into the great nation that it once was. We have the resources, we just need to start spending them sensibly.

PHILLIP JESSEN

Grand Junction

Price hike unfair for seniors skiers

I am sure all of us were a little amazed when we read that Powderhorn had not increased, but in fact decreased, the price of some season passes for the upcoming season. However, one aspect was left out.

When I, a 72-year-old, went to order my season pass (which last year cost $75) and found a $329 price tag for this year, I about had a coronary. This is an astonishing increase of 438 percent that was hidden in all press releases.

One must admit that the $75 was a small amount, but I assume it was for years of past support of the small resort. There are not many of us over-70 skiers, but apparently the resort thought there were enough to fleece us of our fixed-income money. Or are not we — the backbone of yesteryears — worth having at the ski area? All I can assume is that the empty parking lot on most weekdays will be even emptier with this outrageous increase.

Just for comparison, take a look at other areas of similar nature as Powderhorn for season passes for the 70-plus crowd. Sunlight is $150. At Monarch, 69-plus are free (yes, free), Cooper Hill is $129 and an Eldora mid-week pass for people 65-74 is only $99. Apparently, these areas know the value of the senior crowd and care about them.

It seems to me that Powderhorn has swept the over-the-hill, young-at-heart group under the rug. Since time is not important for most of us, how about carpooling to other, appreciative areas?

I think the general public had better keep a cautious eye out. How much will prices at the cafeteria rise? How much will ski lessons increase? What about rentals?And what about next year? Skyrocketing prices for another group? It will be interesting to see.

RICHARD MCPEEK

Grand Junction

Senator seeks input on the latest farm bill

Earlier this year, the Senate Agriculture Committee held its first hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill. This bill is incredibly important to Colorado, which counts on agriculture as a key driver of our state’s economy.

As Congress begins to review the laws that govern America’s food and rural policy, I will fight to ensure Colorado has a seat at the table.  That’s why I asked to serve on the Agriculture Committee in the Senate and why I spent much of August traveling across the state, listening to ideas on how we can ensure this bill will meet the needs of our agricultural producers and our rural communities. But the conversation is just beginning.

I’m inviting all Coloradans to identify their top farm-bill priorities and share their experiences with me through an online survey available on my website: bennet.senate.gov/farmbill. I will use the information from this survey to help guide my work on behalf of Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

The Farm Bill offers a unique opportunity to spur new business development and protect Colorado’s land and water, and I look forward to working with you to construct a Farm Bill that supports the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado.

U.S. SEN. MICHAEL BENNET

Denver



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