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Why is “progressive” considered a pejorative? Jesus was a religious progressive. In America, progressives: wrote the Constitution; fought for women to have the right to own property and to vote; ended slavery; gave all children the opportunity to get a basic education … The list goes on. Let’s see a show of hands – who wants to abolish these things? Progressive ideas are just that – ideas that progress us forward as a society, as a civilization.

FDR’s “progressive” WPA kept literally millions of unemployed, angry, frightened people from taking to the streets when acts of nature and unbridled corporate mismanagement combined to collapse the nation’s economy. Sound familiar? The New Deal saved our nation from tearing itself apart.

Social Security has kept hundreds of millions of citizens over several generations from being worked until they were of no more use and then discarded to eke out substandard livings in poverty. Disability insurance provides for our injured and maimed workers. Unemployment insurance prevents many millions of productive citizens from losing all they have due to a temporary setback, most often through no fault of their own. And Medicare saved my grandmother from becoming bankrupt and homeless when my grandfather was stricken with cancer. Why, exactly, are these bad things?



Ms. Varley, why is an insurance program I’ve invested in all my working life now considered an “entitlement” when I contemplate accessing my coverage as I age? Am I not “entitled” to a return on my investment?

One of the biggest pieces of insanity to come out of the Health Care Reform shouting match last year was the declaration that a government-run health care program for everybody is bad, but keep your hands off my Medicare. I’m still waiting on a logical explanation for that viewpoint, from anybody.



It seems mighty hypocritical that progress is considered commendable when it comes to money-makers like trans-continental railroads, jet airplanes and powdered milk, but contemptible when we talk about improvements to our society. Hopefully soon technology will give us powdered milk of human kindness, because that seems to be the one commodity we have the least of.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

Shannon Isley’s letter describing the “poor taste” in publishing the cartoon of the priest welcoming the new year said just about everything I was about to write in this letter to the Post. I would have said “very bad taste.”

I’m pretty sure that most that saw it were disgusted, even outraged, and perhaps it is time we all speak up.

No such thing as sexual abuse should be published as a cartoon.

Another such affront was the cartoon depicting a decorated male soldier describing his awarded medals as “one from my boyfriend,” which is demeaning to gays out there willing to give their lives for us.

Please editors, use some better sensitivity, ethics and discretion when choosing cartoons.

Carole Cooke

Silt


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