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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It is so difficult these days to understand what is happening to this great country of ours. Much of what our federal government has done recently is unconstitutional and yet very few citizens seem to know that or even care about it.

Using taxpayer money, major banks and wall street firms were bailed out, automobile manufacturers were taken over, and of course now the politicians want to run our health care system. Does anyone really believe the government can run anything efficiently? Look at Amtrak, the Post Office, the DMV, etc. By the way, in the bill recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee it states that you will be able to buy health insurance at the hospital, schools, Social Security offices and yep, you guessed it, the DMV. I am not kidding. It is actually in there. The final bill is around 1,500 pages long, so take your time finding it. But it is there.

The real issue though is how do we pay for all this stuff? Here is a clue, taxes. Some estimates of the national debt in 10 years due to many of these programs is $10 or $12 trillion. One trillion is a 1 with 12 zeroes. Hard to fathom? Try this.

If you had a football stadium with 100,000 seats, filled them every weekend and gave all those folks $1000, it would take 40,000 years to give away just $1 trillion. 10 trillion would take 400,000 years. Still having trouble. Try this; there is an NBA basketball superstar who earns $40 million a year. For him to earn $1 trillion he would have to play ball for 25,000 years. We are talking some serious money here folks.

Remember that pledge about no new taxes on folks who earn less than $250,000? Wanna bet on that one?

So why is this happening? It is all about power. Power over your life and mine.

Remember this: “The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” – James Madison

God Bless America,

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

It was nice to read Dick Fitzgerald’s letter, with it’s lack of ire not to mention the actual suggestion of a possible solution to the health care problem. Room for reasonable debate on the issue exists.

An “insurance rating agency” though sounds a lot like how we have dealt with the financial sector, and we know what a crushing failure that turned out to be. Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s were the respected rating agencies and were giving their best ratings to stocks and bonds that were worthless apparently right up to the crash.

I agree Congress has been doing a poor job, but elected officials and government employees at least go into their positions to serve and not to squeeze every nickel they can out of every situation for personal or corporate profit.

I believe it falls on government to attempt to bridle Capitalistic greed to which our current recession can be fairly attributed and which drives health care cost issues. Government by, and for corporation does not work. No?

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs

Why would the City of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County waste taxpayer money on an environmental (impact study) assessment for a Glenwood “South” Bridge option (Alternative 5) that is north of 4 Mile Road and 3 Mile Road and less than a mile from the 27th Street Bridge?

It accomplishes nothing.

Give me a break.

Tim Burns

Glenwood Springs

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