dennis collins

dennis collins 4 days, 16 hours ago on Shrinking funds means less access to local care for veterans

as a disabled vet myself, I have always depended on the hospital in grand junction for my medical services, they have seen me through every medical problem including full blown cancer. they actually billed and received payment from my private insurance carrier for the cancer treatment. the grand junction facility has always been a great hospital.

with the flood of new patients coming out of this war an terrorism, most VA facilities are inundated with new vets. add that to all the vets from WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, etc. and the hospitals are barely large enough to handle them.

now they come up with this choice program. the funding has to come from somewhere and we resist any tax hikes, where in the world can we find it. the present administration has given away about all the money in the treasury in the form of bailouts, etc. so now who bails out the vets ? we were promised heath care when we put on a uniform and headed into war, and until recently it wasn't a problem. the VA is doing its best, we as a country just need a better money manager.

here Is what I have done, both to ease the strain on the system and to assure myself health care. I recently became old enough for Medicare, I added a part F supplement that covers ALL deductibles and co-pays anywhere in the nation for a measly $150.00 a month. I use the VA for yearly physicals and meds. and leave all the heavy work to the local doctors.

we as citizens used to take pretty good care of ourselves until we started wanting the government to do it for us. I suggest to all my brother veterans to do whatever you can to ease the load on the VA system, they are not asking this of us, but I think if we don't try to help, someday we won't have it anymore.

one thing I have discovered. the VA cannot bill Medicare, or Medicaid, some sort of law prohibiting one government agency from billing another. that seems silly to me as the VA would bill vets less than the public hospitals do and it would work out better. I urge Vets to contact their congressmen and ask why this cannot be changed.

as long as we fight wars we will have vets. as long as the flood of new vets keep coming because of wars that just keep going on and on, this will be a problem. hopefully it will change with a new administration.


dennis collins 5 days, 14 hours ago on Parker King: Let Craig grow

mark, you are correct, I live an hour and a half away ( temporarily). I am a native of Craig, and am in the process of buying another house so I can return.

not that its any of your business. if you knew anything about me you would know how involved in Craig I have been for many years. but it doesn't matter if I lived a million miles away,, it would still be none of your business and I would still have a right to my own opinion.


dennis collins 5 days, 17 hours ago on Parker King: Let Craig grow

Craig is what Craig is, a small cow town on the western plains of Colorado. when I was growing up we lived 10 miles north of town on a ranch. we rode the bus into school every day, and all had part time jobs after school and weekends. the town had one stoplight at victory and Yampa that went into flashing mode at night. the west theater and browns café were the focal point of all us teens in the early 60's and the drive in movies on the east side of town were family fun. we all went out in the winter and hunted white rabbits for spending money, if my memory serves me right we got .35 cents each. there were around 5,000 people in the area at that time. everyone had a job and everyone was happy. my dad painted cars at Craig sales, my mom tended bar at the white horse, Bob Meckley and I were all the excitement the town needed.

then at some point it was decided to "grow" Craig. there have been many attempts, which ended in the constant boom and bust cycle that Craig has endured for decades.

Craig is still Craig, and I for one wish it would go backwards just a little, not grow. leave Craig alone guys, let it be what it has always been. if you want things like pot shops, move somewhere that embraces that sort of thing. leave Craig to be Craig, big business is never going to build a factory here, it gets way too cold for them in the winter.

just my humble opinion


dennis collins 2 weeks, 4 days ago on Paul James: Opportunity missed daily

o.k. paul I'm going to say this and then stop trying to make a point with a child with zero life experience.

  1. have you ever worked for a non profit ?
  2. have you ever worked in law enforcement.
  3. have you ever sat on any board to help the citizens in your community ?
  4. have you ever served in the military ? have you ever answered a suicide line, worked on a food line for the poor ?
  5. do you even attend a church ?

have you done any of the above, or have you just thought about paul all your short life. have you ever held any other job other than that of a drug dealer ? come back and try to make a point with the voting public when you have paid your dues, and got some experience in life, by the way, graduating class of 1965, moffat county high school, so yes, I am a native too.

we will be praying for you.

good luck


dennis collins 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Paul James: Opportunity missed daily

spoken by a genuine businessman ! I rest my case. if it was all you say it was, the voters of moffat county would have voted for it. so you probably think they are all stupid too, right ?

don't try and sway someone who fought crime for 20 years and seen the damage it causes, or someone who seen the damage it caused in viet nam, and OMG you must be a pit bull owner, you sound just like the lady who owned the pit bull that killed the little 3 year old in Denver. she said they were such sweet dogs unless the owners made them mean. the country has become a really sick place. when one believes in the attributes of dope, but doesn't believe in Jesus Christ, we are doomed. thank God the adults in moffat county don't believe your story. I am a cancer survivor too, it didn't take any marijuana to get me through it, it took God almighty.

paul, I suspect you are in your very early 20's. you have a lot of life to live and experience to get before you try and argue your case with adults.

by the way, how do your folks feel about your business ? I realize not everyone wore dog tags in the 60's.


dennis collins 2 weeks, 5 days ago on 454 businesses drop support for WildEarth Guardians after New Belgium debacle in Craig

. businesses love to get their name on the donor lists because it make them look so politicaly "responsible" some give little token gifts, some just allow the posters in their windows, then suddenly it looks like a major non profit supported by hundreds of businesses. good non profits don't play those games, they are responsible for the welfare of thousands of people, and never try to "big deal" it. good people who donate big in support of good non profits usually do it with the stipulation that the non profit keep it to themselves. if you are doing it from your heart, you don't need your name on a public donor list

something like this happens and, well, does the expression rats leaving a sinking ship mean anything?

you would be surprised to see how many people support a certain non profit and have no idea what the non profit does.


dennis collins 2 weeks, 5 days ago on Paul James: Opportunity missed daily

tammy I agree wholeheartedly, and for once I actually agree with allen.

I am speaking from 20 years of law enforcement experience, you absolutely do not want your economy hooked up with drugs. allen is right, the drain on the system isn't worth it. I have seen literally thousands of really bad things happen due to pot. families crushed, dead kids, families on welfare because they spend every dollar they get on drugs, and folks let there be no misunderstanding here, I have never arrested anyone doing hard drugs that didn't start with pot, they told me so !

and before you start ragging on me about it not being any worse that alcohol, I will say this. it's too bad we can't get rid of both. it's like having a mean pit bull in your neighborhood, every time he attacks a child, do you move yet another one in ?

these letters seem to always come from someone who is making money off the sale of drugs, I think they should just be honest and say, " hey dude, I want to make more money off this junk" I haven't seen a single letter from a cop, fireman, minister, priest, or any legitiment businessman in craig. call it medical if you want, if the medical world agreed it would be controlled and sold at the local pharmacy.