Perhaps it is a bit early to bring up the subject of medical expenses associated with the shootings that took place in Tucson. The expenses will be astronomical. I am sure every loyal American will not begrudge a dime of these costs and will gladly pay their fair share; but how about the medical expenses of other Americans? My granddaughter is an R.N. in the trauma center at the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque. Gunshot wounds, along with other unimaginable injuries, are an everyday occurrence. Paying for the medical expenses of these patients becomes far more contentious.
The fact remains, America’s health care system was broken before the passage of the current health care reform law, it is still broken and no doubt will be broken two years from now unless the American people demand solutions from their elected officials. Everyone who has had a recent contact with medical providers knows full well the system is broken. A doctor’s office call can cost hundreds of dollars and after a few days in the hospital, one can look forward to a hundred-thousand-dollar hospital bill. One way or another, medical costs must be brought under control.
It is time for Americans to grow up and debate the health care issue in a reasonable and intelligent manner. My image of the health care debate of two years ago is a bozo haranguing a lady in a wheel chair. The time for bringing up Einsatzgruppes is over. I hope all Americans have sense enough to give thoughtful consideration to an issue that affects the well being of every individual, as well as the very future of America.
The attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabriella Giffords and the tragic death of six innocent bystanders, including a federal judge, a staff member of the US House of Representatives, a nine-year-old child and 14 wounded, should give us cause to re-evaluate gun control in the United States.
I realize that the NRA has made gun control one of the “Third Rails” of American politics. Nonetheless I feel a duty and a moral obligation to bring this up as a voter, a Vet, and one to shot expert rifle and pistol in the US Navy with a .45 pistol and an M-1 rifle. Gunny Truelock, M.Sgt USMC taught us “never point a weapon at someone you do not intend to kill.”
I am not against people owning guns: rifles or pistols for sport or self-defense. I firmly believe that before you acquire a weapon, you should be interviewed by a representative of local law enforcement and take an approved weapons training/safety program. Our recent history is filled with gun violence in our cities and rural areas and especially with high profile attacks such as Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and now Tucson. Computer background checks do not work by themselves.
How many deaths does it take to get or reinstate reasonable gun laws? As citizens, we need to demand of our elected officials reasonable restrictions on semi-automatic pistols, rifles and oversize clips. Young men and women need to pass mental and physical tests to join the military and carry a weapon to defend our country. There should be a basic threshold of legal and mental stability to purchase and carry a weapon in the USA. Patriotism at this point in our history should support gun control.
Raymond P. Finney
Repeal health care
The free market gets rid of a product that nobody wants. Government keeps programs on the books that nobody wants or are relevant.
Some examples of products that nobody wanted and business eliminated them are: The McDlt, Arch Deluxe, McClean Deluxe, new Coke, Apple’s hockey-punch mouse and the Newton, Coors “Rocky Mountain,” bottled water, Beta Max and Clairol Touch of yogurt. The free market works! Government on the other hand keeps things like Alabama’s law against having an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time or chaining your alligator to a fire hydrant! You get Americans in the 21st century still paying the “temporary emergency” telephone tax to fund the Spanish-American War (1897-98)! Do you really believe that government can do a better job than the free market can of giving us the things we want?
My Jan. 6 Pagosa Springs SUN arrived Jan. 18; the Jan. 13 paper arrived a day later. That is a problem with the Amarillo post office, not Pagosa Springs. We are the government and here to help.
My routine is to view the front page and go right to the letters to the editor. Then I’m looking for letters from my Bridge for Fun buddy, Cindy Gustafson, and Jim Sawicki, who I believe is a retired Navy man. Cindy is always so positive, and Jim, being retired from the military, as was my late husband, their thinking is pretty much the same.
All that aside, here we are in beautiful Pagosa Country with a Wyndham Resort, which basically was the reason we discovered Pagosa, and with roads, streets, whatever, that leave much to be desired. Last summer when I called the county Road and Bridge Department, our street was scheduled for grading the last of October. That actually didn’t happen until early December — just in time for the snow to come and leave the street in terrible condition for this summer. Seems no one, including the City Market area, which is not the responsibility of the county, can plan to have the streets sans potholes for the Wyndham folks, as well as those of us who love to spend the summer there. I’m hoping this summer will be different, but I have a feeling when I call the county Road and Bridge Department in early April, I’ll be told the state is in trouble budget-wise, and the county will not receive the funds needed for their projects. Such is life.
Marilyn B. McCann
As a tourist, I come to Pagosa Springs several times a year for one or two weeks at a time.
One of the many things I love about Pagosa is Reservoir Hill. To walk from town into a system of hiking trails and tall trees is a treat. I have seen squirrels, owls, fox and deer on my walks. I go on the trails just about every day I am in Pagosa. Walking up and down the trails is great exercise and a good way to stay in shape. It doesn’t cost me anything and is probably low cost to the town as far as maintenance goes.
I hope the Town Council votes no on the chair lift idea. It would be a shame to cut down the beautiful trees and disrupt the natural beauty of the hill. I come for the climate, the hot springs and the mountains.
The fact that the town was rushed into buying the chair lift is unfortunate. I hear it can be sold at a profit. The cost of installation, $300,000 and yearly maintenance and operation, $150,000 sounds like enough of a reason to just say no. Does Pagosa Springs really have that kind of money when other cities and towns are cutting spending?
I encourage citizens of Pagosa that enjoy Reservoir Hill as it is to get involved and contact the Town Council urging a no vote on more spending.