Printed Letters: July 1, 2014

Dem candidate for House District 55 welcomes race
Let me start by congratulating Dan Thurlow on his victory over Steve Acquafresca in the Republican primary for the House District 55 nomination. We have all been anxiously awaiting the outcome to see who would be carrying the torch for the Republican Party as the debate begins in earnest and your choices for representation in Denver become much clearer.

If you are someone who supports legislative action that recognizes your right to love and marry whom you choose and to ensure protection of and unfettered access to your reproductive health options, your choice is clear.

If you want a representative who will support a living wage, the right to organize in the workplace and full funding of K-12 education; empower teachers to teach with no unfunded mandates; and ensure we are educating a generation of critical thinkers and not test takers, your choice is clear.

If you want a representative who will work to protect Western Slope agricultural interests and ensure that gas and oil exploration and production continue while also protecting our air, land and water while attracting new and diverse high-tech industries to Grand Junction, your choice is clear.

If you want a representative who will put the needs of working families above personal ambition and has the ability to think creatively about solutions to problems that are not just red-meat quotes like “less regulation” or “tax cuts for businesses” but sound policy that ensures economic growth for all, the choice is clear.

The two words that drive my philosophy and ideals were learned during my service with the United States Marine Corps: duty and honor. I try to live these values each and every day, and that is what I will do as your representative in Denver. And as our message and policy initiatives become part of the debate from now until November, I promise to always have your back, to advocate for the interests of HD 55 and to always represent the people of Grand Junction and House District 55 with the dignity and respect you deserve.

So, welcome to the race, Dan. I look forward to engaging in thoughtful debate with you over the weeks and months ahead so that our constituents can make the best choice possible on November 4.

We can do better.

Chris Kennedy
Democratic candidate for HD 55
Grand Junction

More to ‘buy local’ campaign than most consumers know
Congratulations to The Daily Sentinel for shedding more light on the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Buy Local” campaign.

There’s probably much confusion over the campaign, which should probably be re-titled “Consider Buying Local.”  The local effort does not ask people to buy from locally owned businesses, but instead asks shoppers to consider buying from a business which has a building in Mesa County.

This includes national chains as well as locally owned businesses.  This approach does make sense, because Walmart, for example, employs hundreds of local residents.

After considering a local purchase, the Buy Local campaign suggests it’s fine for consumers to shop online or to buy products in Denver, Rifle or Montrose.

Many local people probably interpret the campaign as a request to purchase from locally owned businesses. But this is not the case.  Moreover, an effort to direct consumers to a particular type of business based only on the fact that it’s locally owned is doomed to fail.

In the finally analysis, the “invisible hand” defined by economist Adam Smith is the best for all:  If consumers buy based on what’s best for them, businesses which provide good products at reasonable prices will flourish, while businesses providing inferior products or higher prices will not.

The result is the overall economy produces better products and services, improving the overall economy and benefiting all businesses — whether they’re locally owned or not. These are some of the reasons why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce opposes the Buy America campaign, which also probably comes as a surprise to many people.

Grand Junction


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