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I am breathless at the journalistic irresponsibility which parades as fact in this section of the Post Independent. Day after day I read the slanderous and factually challenged letters attacking President Obama’s character, credibility and policies. Rightwing lies are spun as facts by writers who obviously received their daily dose of propaganda from Fox “news” and other radio personalities and blogs, spewing lies without factual credibility.

The Aug. 7 letter from Juanita R. Williams, “Left is hurting military voters,” is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Ms. Williams contends that the Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party “filed suit in Ohio to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military.” If Ms. Williams had checked the validity of this assertion instead of regurgitating rightwing talking points, she would have exposed the truth.

According to politifact.com, “It is simply dishonest for Romney and his backers to claim that Obama’s efforts to extend early voting privileges to everyone in Ohio constitutes an attack on military voters’ ability to cast ballots on the weekend before elections. We rate the claim false.”



Factcheck.org states, “The suit seeks to block state legislation that limited early voting times for nonmilitary members; it doesn’t seek to impose restrictions on service members.”

The Ohio Republican governor and Legislature last year changed the state law to restrict early voting three days prior to Election Day, for most Ohio voters. The military’s access to early voting was not restricted, due most likely to the GOP assertion that military members vote Republican.



In 2008, up to 19 percent of Ohio voters cast their ballots during the week before the election, instead of facing the hours of waiting in line to vote at polling places as in the 2004 election. The Obama administration is fighting to ensure that all registered voters are afforded the right to vote.

When you hear charges hurled from any party or political PAC, check them out before repeating them.

Janie Enright

Silt

I know I could hear a great collective cheer for columnist Mary “Granny” Boland in response to her Aug. 9 column on corporate monsters and the perils of fracking.

Our county commissioners who were elected to protect us have sold out every Garfield County citizen to corporate gangsters like Encana. Every citizen living south of the Colorado River between New Castle and Parachute has been classified as an acceptable loss, while everyone else is considered collateral damage.

In return we get new city and county buildings, which is good, but at a terrible cost.

Once clean air is now tainted with overwhelming petrochemical odors. Groundwater, wells and creeks float an oily sheen and kill pets and livestock when they drink. Thousands of acres of pristine forests and meadows are now scarred by hundreds of miles of access roads and well pads that will not heal for hundreds of years.

Our commissioners have heard horror stories for at least 10 years, but they persistently refuse to do anything to protect us, our children, their children or the environment.

The commissioners have done nothing to make energy development in Garfield County responsible. I look forward to Election Day.

D.T. Thompson

Rifle

Women in Colorado have something to celebrate about. As of Aug. 1, women are in charge of their health care decisions. The Affordable Care Act makes preventive care like mammograms, contraception and diabetes screenings available to American women free of charge.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, women in private plans and Medicare already have received potentially life-saving services, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and flu shots at no extra cost.

Now, more than 898,690 women in Colorado will gain access to eight additional screenings and tests for adolescent and adult women at no extra charge.

These include:

• Well-woman visits.

• Gestational diabetes screenings that help protect mother and child from one of the most serious pregnancy-related diseases.

• Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling.

• FDA-approved contraceptive products, which have additional proven health benefits like a reduced risk of cancer and protecting against osteoporosis.

• Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling.

• HPV DNA testing for women 30 or older.

• Sexually transmitted infections counseling.

• HIV screening and counseling.

While women are more likely to need preventive health care services, they often have less ability to pay. On average they have lower incomes than men and a greater share of their income is consumed by out-of-pocket health costs.

Insurance company cost sharing (including copayments, co-insurance, and deductibles) reduces the likelihood that preventive services will be used. Removing cost-sharing requirements allows women to decide which preventive services they’ll use and when.

In addition to saving lives by catching cancer early, mammograms can also protect families from skyrocketing medical bills that result from treating the advanced stages of the disease.

Just as any mother or grandmother – I now know that my daughter and granddaughter will have better health care coverage throughout their lives and for years to come.

I am excited to be a part of these changes that foster secure, affordable coverage for millions of American women and families. By eliminating cost sharing requirements for prevention, the Affordable Care Act puts women in control of their health care decisions and brings a new day for women’s health.

Marguerite Salazar, regional director

US Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII

Denver

David Schroeder’s letter of Aug. 8 questioned the spirit of citizenship of Mitt Romney for not releasing all his taxes and for using all the tax laws possible not to pay his fair share. My entire adult life I’ve been using every tax break, loophole and anything possible to pay fewer taxes, as most Americans do.

But let’s talk about transparency. It took President Obama three years to just release his birth certificate, and that was the short form that wouldn’t get you a driver’s license in most states. President Obama and his party have spent millions on lawyers sealing his college records and his passport records.

Why? What are in these records that they don’t want us to see?

With his poor grade average at Occidental and his impoverished background, how did he get into elite colleges like Columbia and Harvard? Perhaps the rumors are true that he applied to Columbia and Harvard as a foreign exchange student. This would explain his admission with a lower grade average.

Also, with all the funding an exchange student can apply for, that would explain how he could afford these elite colleges’ tuition and costs of approximately $60,000 per year.

I could care less about Gov. Romney’s taxes. I probably wouldn’t understand them anyways. But I would like to see Mr. Obama’s college and passport records. I question the spirit of citizenship of Mr. Obama.

Actually, I question his citizenship. Was he born in the U.S.? Did he relinquish his citizenship in Indonesia, which makes him ineligible for the highest office in the U.S. His passport or college records would show this. No other president has ever sealed these records.

Why hasn’t Mr. Schroeder asked about these records? That’s right, it wouldn’t advance his party’s agenda.

Steven Elmore

Rifle

In the Aug. 8 Post Independent, letter-writer David Schroeder demanded to see Gov. Romney’s tax returns. I agree the governor should show them, on one condition.

They should be published the day Barry Soetoro, the student who received money as a foreign student, and Barack Hussein Obama, elected president as a citizen of the U.S., appear together for an interview on national television.

Some people say they are the same person. How could that be? One is a foreigner taking money for school. The other is claiming to be a citizen eligible to hold office as president. How can it be both ways? If they are one person, charges need to be filed now.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

I would like to set the record straight regarding early voting in Ohio. Many are charging that President Obama is trying to discriminate against the active duty voting military. This assertion is untrue.

Those who read the actual court document filed by Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party will find the “nature of action” described by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio to be the following:

“Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit to restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day – a right exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election. Ohio election law, as currently enacted by the state of Ohio and administered by Defendant Ohio Secretary of State, arbitrarily eliminates early voting during the three days prior to Election Day for most Ohio voters, a right previously available to all Ohio voters.

“This disparate treatment violates 42 U.S.C. of 1983 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and can be rectified by the court enjoining enforcement of statutory changes that eliminate early in-person voting for most Ohioans during the three days before an election.”

So to interpret the “nature of action,” in uncertain terms, Obama for America does not want to discriminate against any voters, including the military or other persons. Enough said.

Do the research, get the facts and tell the truth.

Renee McCullough

Glenwood Springs

American citizens ages 18-29 are enduring an unemployment rate of 12.7 percent. Among recent highs school graduates, unemployment for black citizens is almost 50 percent, among Hispanic citizens it’s 33 percent, and 25 percent for white citizens.

So what is our American president doing for all these unemployed citizens? He’s granted de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and work permits for those scarce American jobs.

I guess that was the right thing to do if the president has no respect for or obligation to the citizens who elected him. When it comes down to it, President Obama is just a high-priced Chicago shyster.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Rifle

I was about to write a nasty letter to the editor for not publishing my rebuttal to Mr. Doug Myer’s letter about voter fraud when I read Tina Dupuy’s article in Saturday’s paper about voter fraud.

From her article: “The Republican National Lawyer Association can only point to 311 cases in the last decade.”

Then I saw Mr. Meyers had yet another letter on voter fraud on the next page. In his previous letter he quoted Republican Congressman Gregg Harper claiming that “as many as 5,000 noncitizens voted in Colorado during the 2010 elections” and claimed “these are the facts.”

It is a fact that Mr. Harper claimed this, but that does not make it true. Go to http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_21064822/colorado-secretary-state-gessler-has-found-85-potential-illegal-voters to see the real facts. The article says that of the 85, 29 had cast votes in 2010, a far cry from 5,000. You can also go to http://www.brennancenter.org/blog/category/allegations_of_voter_fraud/ for more information.

Mr. Meyers and yesterday Carol Abbot raised alarm about an International Weapons Treaty. How does a treaty on International Weapons Trade overturn the Second Amendment? Do Mr. Meyers and Ms. Abbot know that Wayne LaPierre rakes $970,300 off the top of the NRA dues for his salary, so he must keep his members stirred up.

Edward Hall

Glenwood Springs


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