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Dear Editor,

I watched the undocumented workers (illegal immigrants) demonstrating outside the Colorado State Capitol recently. They’re opposing the potential loss of Medicaid to illegals, as well as the possibility of Colorado not issuing Mexican ID cards. (To be used for applying for welfare benefits.)

We do not owe them Medicaid, WIC, or any other financial aid. If they want to work here, and not receive welfare, that’s okay. I would guess a lot of immigrants would return home if they couldn’t receive welfare, and if they want to stay, that’s fine, too.



I think that they should pay for their children’s education here, just like we would pay for our children’s education if we moved to a foreign country and enrolled them there. We do not owe their children an education.

This country, or at the least Medicaid, will be bankrupt if we do not address this problem.



It isn’t a case of me being prejudiced, bigoted, nor is it a case of a few migrant workers picking strawberries (approximately 4 million illegal immigrants are actually here). It is ruining this great country of ours, Colorado included.

Marty Lich

Gypsum

Dear Editor,

Though most people would cringe at just the word, after my experience at a local endodontic’s office, I can only smile.

I am writing this letter to stop the myth of root canals being unbearable. If you have had one of those experiences, then I suggest a visit to see Roger Brown, D.M.D.

Dr. Brown and his team made what was once thought to be the worst experience I thought I was going to have to go through, into a relaxed, comfortable, easy, and enjoyable experience. I have never met another person in the medical industry who took his work more personally.

Leaving there, I didn’t feel like I had just had a major surgery, but more like I had just made new friends.

The day of my surgery, Margaret Neil delivered my first check-up call, to be followed by Dr. Brown himself from his house that evening, and the next day I received a call from Kelly Borich.

Since root canals are not the type of thing you can refer people to, I am writing this to give the recognition and thanks Dr. Brown and his staff deserves.

Oh, and did I mention that they were over a hundreds dollars cheaper than Junction!

I can’t thank all of you enough. You all are the best!

Ray Alexander

New Castle

Dear Editor,

Amy Gardiner totally missed the point of my letter, as people usually do when they have a biased opinion to begin with. If she would read it carefully she would notice that I was lambasting the press coverage of the current airline situation, not insinuating that anyone is incompetent or unprofessional. Where she got that is beyond me.

As for how one makes a living in the aviation industry, that is strictly one’s own choice.

As a matter of reference to some of her statements, let me say that before I became an airline pilot, I too was a flight instructor and a crop duster in the early ’60s, flying open cockpit Stearmans, most of the time within a couple of feet of the ground. I flew for one year as a corporate pilot for a small corporation in Michigan.

After I managed to escape killing myself a number of times I had the opportunity to obtain an airline job flying DC-3s for a small airline in the Midwest. Oh, by the way, I made $425 a month, if you are interested. In my 34 years on the job, I went through three mergers and took pay cuts two times to save my airline.

Many of the military pilots flying missions right now over the Middle East are currently employed airline pilots in military reserve status; some are furloughed airline pilots, having lost their job because of the industry’s economic problems. I have the utmost respect for anyone who flies for a living, whatever they fly and whatever they earn.

But if airline management has its way, you will have minimum-wage pilots in the cockpits flying 400 passengers across the Atlantic on a cold and stormy night and it won’t do one damn thing to save the airline industry.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Our Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell, cut through the illusion that Emperor Saddam Hussein has new clothes. Those who won’t open their eyes to the threat from this despot will forever admire the Emperor’s new clothes to their eventual regret.

Please wake up, people! Do you really want to have on your conscience the deaths of millions of your countrymen and those in the Emperor’s line of fire because the United States did not act?

To the person who bragged in today’s GSPI that he burned his draft card: Thank you! Thank you! This on behalf of those whose lives you saved by staying home. Only brave, patriotic people will protect a buddy’s flank in battle. Go on, enjoy the benefits of our men and women who fought for you. Consider doing something for your country of equal value.

Delay only means more time for the Emperor to increase his ability to attack.

Peace must be earned.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa


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