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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Since the stimulus program is working so well – that’s what Obama’s “band of thieves” (as quoted in the media) is telling us – I decided to get some details from the official website, recovery.gov.

According to Earl Devaney, the president’s hand-picked chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, this website is getting 4,000 hits a second, but he also says that the RAT Board (I’m not kidding, that’s what it’s called for short) isn’t really running efficiently yet, but still trying to acquire staff, equipment and space.

Apparently, that is why the General Services Administration announced that $18 million in “additional funds” (taxpayer’s money, that is) has been awarded to Smartronix, a Maryland-based IT firm with connections to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, for “complete redesign” of the “new” recovery.gov website.



Based upon “transparency,” promised by the president, here is a sampling of some of the more meaningful projects, most of which are “shovel ready” – especially if you are using a manure shovel:

• taxpayers are purchasing sliced frozen ham at $550,000 per pound



• taxpayers are providing $1,444,100 To AFCO Technologies Inc. to repair a door in Building 5112

• taxpayers are paying $300 each for road signs advertising recovery.gov

• with cybersecurity and cloud computing being among the highest priorities, taxpayers will be burdened with a spending increase from $76 billion in 2009 to $90 billion in 2014.

There’s much, much more, but a lot bigger shovel is required.

As a first-time visitor to this website I’m suggesting that a part of the next stimulus package include a “rehab” program for those of us “recovering” from exposure to the tremendous waste in Obama’s stimulus program.

God bless America!

Richard Doran

Parachute

Today I saw somebody else’s kid, he crawled out of a truck up 4 Mile, headed to a hot dirty place that only those crazy enough would head to, for minimal pay I might add. His companions included my son; it was hard to tell which was mine as they all looked dirty, tired and thirsty as the temp was getting close to 90 degrees already.

They are here from South Dakota, a hotshot crew doing side jobs until the fire season really kicks in. They were heading to cut oak brush from around many of the beautiful homes in that area. The brush is very thick there and a very dangerous fire hazard.

I only could see kids, even if they might have been 30 years old or more, they were someone’s child.

After a hug, I ran to town to buy supplies of Gatorade, cold ice cream, cherries and supplies for lunch.

I guess what I need to say is, if this summer, you see a crew of firefighters, or a soldier standing somewhere, buy them a drink, tell them thanks, and remember, please, they are somebody else’s kid doing a job many of us would never choose to do, defending our land, our homes and our security.

God bless America and those who choose to do the dirty jobs, or the scary jobs, or a job where they might never come home again.

Thanks, the mom of somebody else’s kid.

Lori Anderson Thompson

Silt

We have a dysfunctional health care system in the United States that is in dire need of reform.

Unfortunately, the proposals coming out of the House Democrats and the Obama administration are headed in exactly the wrong direction – higher medical costs, higher taxes, rationing of medical care, and incentives that will inevitably lead to single-payer government-run health care.

And all of this is being done in the name of helping some 47 million so-called uninsured, of whom the great majority receive medical care through Medicaid or SCHIP, or are young working Americans who can afford insurance but choose to use their money in other ways, or are illegal immigrants who by law are required to be treated in hospital emergency rooms.

By now, we’ve all heard that the director of the Congressional Budget Office, appointed by the House and Senate Democrats, has stated that the House bill will do nothing to lower health care costs and will at the same time add significantly to an already crushing federal deficit.

The president’s response has been to step up pressure on Congressional Democrats to pass this flawed legislation, his allies are airing deceitful doomsday advertisements on television, and the White House has bought off the AMA by promising the doctors that their Medicare reimbursements will not be further reduced. So much for cost containment. And so much for thoughtful consideration of legislation that will impact not only the 17 percent of our economy already consumed by health care but the broader economy in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, higher taxes and higher health care costs. If this is “genuine health care reform,” we’re living in an alternative universe.

Frieda Wallison

Old Snowmass

For the past 20 years my husband and I have made the trek to Glenwood Springs for a break from our busy lives. The community and businesses are friendly, comfortable and truly genuine.

In the past two years the economy hit our family business very hard, and we were unable to make the trip for many months. After weeks of saving by our family we had saved enough to journey to our favorite town. We found the customary friendly and warm community as we arrived in Glenwood.

It is with dismay that after all of these years we encountered a huge disappointment. My 15-year-old daughter, after conquering some major challenges this year, had saved her pennies, and with the help of her dad and I was able to purchase her first swimsuit from the Sport Shop at the pool. Yes, it was on sale, but it was the first time she was getting a suit that was not from the clearance rack of a discount store.

As fate would have it she left her suit in a locker at the pool (we have all made mistakes), and her beautiful suit for which she had saved for some time was gone. Only her friend’s suit remained and with its usual great customer service the pool staff is sending it back to us.

The suits were together with their towels in a locker next to mine (locker 136). I only ask that the person who took the suit will return it to the pool manager so that it can be returned to my daughter. We don’t need to know who you are, but in the spirit of a stellar community my hope is that you will return the pink and brown floral suit.

My daughter has had many challenges this past year both physically and emotionally. Our family has suffered as many families have from the poor economy. Please return the suit and restore our faith in a fabulous community.

Sincerely,

Dorie Overfield and family

Longmont


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