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Eliminating Medicare would be immoral
Many Colorado families are working paycheck to paycheck, if they’re lucky enough to be working. It is a day-to-day struggle just to make ends meet. There are many who have approached and exceeded what once was thought of as “retirement age” and continue working because of all the cuts that are now being called “excessive entitlements.”
In the meantime, millionaires and billionaires are lobbying Congress to demand more “freedom and tax cuts” so they can gorge themselves on you, the “average” taxpayer.
Now, there is a very detailed plan to eliminate Medicare. Too many seniors and soon-to-be-seniors will be at the mercy of the private insurance companies, which have a history of making billions and denying benefits to those who have long been terrified into paying higher and higher premiums. Don’t let this happen. You can make a difference. Contact Rep. Mike Coffman and tell him no to “spending caps” or whatever ploy or lobbyist lingo comes out of D.C. attempting to kill Medicare.
The Republican plan is worse than bad policy. It is immoral. We can’t balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the poor. Programs that protect our parents and grandparents, like Medicare, should not be on the chopping block.
Larry Ellingson

Republican Party needs to rediscover its center
Regarding the column by Greg Romberg in the May 4 edition: It’s about time someone said that.
I joined the Republican Party in 1968 and saw it through Nixon’s madness, Reagan’s slick falsehoods, and the idiocy of the George W. Bush years. The GOP used to be composed of good old middle America, decent and respectable and concerned about their neighbors and their community.
Now I believe the GOP has lost its collective mind. It isn’t enough that it actively works to dig every single hysteric out from under every slimy rock, it promotes fear, panders to ignorance and snickeringly cheers on the arrogance of a Donald Trump or a Sarah Palin.
The GOP has allied itself with the kind of religious fanaticism displayed by Osama bin Laden and all the others throughout history who saw themselves as anointed by God to act in any way, however inhuman, to promote their religious belief. There are lots of examples: conversion by the sword, the Inquisition, Al-Qaeda-style terrorism and the cruelty of so-called “Christians” who harass innocent people burying their dead and wouldn’t do so if decent human beings shamed them. Why does this look suspiciously like Germany in the 1930s, afraid of a few thugs? Why can’t the GOP distance itself from these extremists? They would put the rights of women back hundreds of years, teach our children false science, and yet they want America to be the most economically productive and technologically advanced country on Earth.
On the subject of women, I still haven’t figured out how the party powerful could choose an ignorant loudmouth to be John McCain’s running mate when scores if not hundreds of intelligent and capable Republican women were available. I can’t believe that the GOP is so afraid of a brilliant, thoughtful, compassionate and capable black man that they will help foment silly conspiracies that deny President Obama’s American birth and grade record. I stand aghast at a Republican Party, in a snit because it was so soundly beaten in 2008, that made up its mind to take its own good ideas and go home, and if that didn’t work, to sneer at everything the other party proposed, denigrate and do its best to stall, hogtie and otherwise impede any Democratic idea going, even if good for the country, just out of petty spite. Why would Republicans hold up workers’ compensation benefits for distressed Americans in order to keep tax reductions for the wealthiest in the country? What became of the Republicans next door, who cared about people? How blind does the GOP think Americans are? Even more insulting, how stupid do they think we are, that we can’t see this?
President Obama won for a reason. This Republican, a moderate on most issues, is tired of halfwits and liars who care nothing for this country, for its people, for its prestige abroad, or for its economy. It’s time the GOP rediscovered its center. Its center used to be, and should be, promotion of the general welfare.
Frankly, it doesn’t look very hopeful.
Carolyn S. Bredenberg