E-mail letters, July 8, 2011

Conservatives talking points don’t add up

Current conservative dogma insists all our current problems are due to taxes being too high, and government being too big. However, if that’s true, then:

Why is the United States in so much economic trouble when our tax rates are at their lowest level since 1950?
Are the economies of such countries as Germany and Denmark booming even though they have much higher tax rates than we do?

Why are China and Singapore thriving despite their governments’ heavy involvement in directing economic growth?

Why was the U.S. economy so strong in the 1950s and ’60s, when our government made massive investments in science, technology, public universities and new industries?

Writing in Time magazine, Fareed Zakaria sums up where the right wing is currently positioned when he says, conservatism “has morphed into a dogmatic insistence on a set of abstract principles for which there is no evidence.”

“Conservatives ignore history, and the evidence from around the world, insisting that the U.S. budget deficits can be eliminated simply by cutting taxes further. It’s nonsensical. But like the Marxists of old, today’s conservatives are so in love with theory that the real world is irrelevant.”

This irrational dogma is nowhere more prevalent than right here in Happy Valley — the land that time forgot.

Grand Junction

High Desert Opera has excellent talent

Coming from a chorus member, this letter might appear to be self-serving, but who else could relay the musical magic that is brewing in Grand Junction? 

High Desert Opera’s Jim Werner has hit yet another home run — this time with the Barber of Seville.  The chorus is tight. The principals’ world-class voices and theatrical talent pay homage to Rossini’s comical operatic masterpiece. 

If the two performances at the Avalon Theater on the 16th and 23rd are anywhere as fun and inspiring as my rehearsals, I suggest you reserve your tickets soon.  We are so fortunate to have such talent in the Grand Valley.

Glade Park

DMV should have free parking

I spent 2 1/2 hours waiting in the DVM office this morning to change my name on my driver’s license after being married last month. While I think the wait time alone is ridiculous, the icing on the cake, so to speak, is the fact that the only parking close to the building is metered parking. The meter maids must know the long wait in the DMV office and descend like vultures on the cars of the poor people stuck inside.

A man in line was gracious enough to warn everyone inside when the meter maid was out in the parking lot furiously writing tickets. A handful of people rushed outside to feed their meters. Ironically, the meters can only be set for 2 hr parking, yet your typical wait in the DMV office is longer.

It is difficult enough to lose half of your day waiting to get your license renewed, but then the city benefits from the public’s misfortune of being detained by long waits at the DMV. It must be like shooting fish in a barrel.

Imagine how it may feel to be the person who spends 2-3 hours waiting for your number to be called at the DMV counter (checking on your parking meter occasionally), then walking out to a recently expired meter and a parking ticket on the windshield. Times may be difficult, but a little free parking around the DMV office would be awesome.

Grand Junction


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