dennis collins

dennis collins 1 month, 3 weeks ago on County, hospital officials weigh concerns about YVMC's growing presence in Craig

hmm, well the clinic certainly doesn't think it will take away from the hospital, and they are probably right, just like wal mart when they all said it wouldn't cause any local closures.

it hasn't has it ?

ya gotta love craig businsses, one pizza place opens up and is making a living, 4 more come along and no one makes a living, kind of an old story, huh ? I guess I don't blame the hospital for being a bit uneasy, but heck, the county can make up the shortfall, and they can always raise rates, that will help. heck maybe even a tax increase on the horizon.

sometimes I crack me up !


dennis collins 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Greg Hamilton: We should spend wisely

so are all there school books loaded on them ? again I have very little experience other than my wife has one and it would seem that you could load every textbook from 1st grade to college on one. that would of course eliminate the need for large heavy back packs and some of the kids might grow up without bad backs.

otherwise they just look like more electronic gizmos. educate me.


dennis collins 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Greg Hamilton: We should spend wisely

this I-pad thing is a subject I'm not up on, except that my wife has one and it holds about a zillion books. but if I wanted my kid to have one "I" would buy them one, and don't these things go by the wayside in a year or so and become obsolete ? then what ? we buy them, give them to the kids who get to keep them I guess cause they are obsolete anyway and next year we have to buy them all over again to stay up to speed ?

I know what my wife's cost, and man what a bill that would be to pay if we bought one for all the kids. I'm an old fart for sure, but I think they already have too many electronic gismos, just watch these poor kids walk through wal mart bouncing off the walls because their nose is buried in a cell phone, or their parents who are sending text messages as they drive, or a couple sitting at dinner sending text messages while their kids sit across the table being ignored. now you want to give them one at school ? then are we going to hear that the budget is stressed because of the astronomical price of apple products ?


dennis collins 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 months, 2 weeks 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