E-mail letters, May 20, 2011

Permitting blocks efforts
to develop our resources

Basic industry drives the world, drives the economy, creates jobs, creates more jobs, and keeps the country vibrant. I was looking at a small snapshot of new projects around the world and want to share a few examples.

A new copper concentrator (about $400 million) just started up in central Chile adding over 350 new jobs. A new potash project is underway in Brazil and is expected to produce over 1.5 million tons of potassium chloride by 2015. Newmont has expanded its gold mine in Ghana, Africa with a work force of over 5,000 employees. A new gold and copper project is underway is Mongolia that will employ over 1,100 people, just underground.  A new platinum mine in Zimbabwe.  A new $25 billion gold project for Greenstone Resources in the Philippines. A copper project in Peru valued at $2.2 billion producing 117,000 tons per day. A new nickel smelter under construction in New Caledonia.  New potash projects in Canada. A new gold project in Quebec, Canada. 

This is just a small picture of the world around us. Did you notice the common theme and the disturbing part? There are no, none, not one, new project in the United States. No new jobs, no jobs to support the basic industry, no tax base, no growth potential. The projects around the world are first-class projects. They are environmentally responsible and support local communities. Most of the companies are American companies.

Why not here? The minerals must not be here. Not true, the United States has vast reserves of minerals and a far superior infrastructure to support the industry.

Two fundamental problems exist in the U.S. Permitting a new project is, at best, a 10-year process, and regulations completely stifle development.

If this country has real aspirations to turn around the economy, create jobs, develop a good steady tax base for schools, roads, and other services we need to address these issues. Permitting can be done much faster while remaining sensitive to environmental concerns and the right energy policy can, and will encourage investment back at home, in the United States. Whatever happened to “Made in the USA”?
Randy Litwiller

Letter writers played part
in arranging Churchill visit

Cheryl and Bill Conrod’s letter to the editor has brought to light several situations. They found fault with the fact that I protested the scheduled speech of Ward Churchill at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Memorial Day.

My protest was not just about his hatreds, but the timing of it. For a church that proclaims peace and love to allow hate speech on a national day of remembrance for our fallen patriots was outrageous.

Cheryl is on the board of this church; Bill gives classes there, and helped make the decision to present this to their congregation and selected the timing. It is of small wonder that they chastise me for my protest.

I have been a resident of this valley for over thirty years, I consider this valley to be mine, our neighbors’ and our friends’. We take ownership of the things we love, and yes I do speak out for all these people.

Conrods want to bring Churchill’s hate speech here. I will not be silent when that happens.

Apparently, they are in the minority, as the speaking engagement for Churchill was cancelled after he and Jacob Richards (Red Pill) and Confluence Media Collective were vetted and the purpose of him speaking on Memorial Day revealed for what it was: an outrageous, blatant attack on our country and our values.

Rose Pugleise is not a member of this tea party. She represents the Western Slope Conservative Alliance, not a tea party.

I applaud this cancelation and the church for its decision.

Memorial Day services at Veterans Memorial Cemetery start at 10 a.m. on May 30. Our “Remember” Rally at the Old Veterans Cemetery at Orchard Mesa Cemetery starts at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited
Tim Fenwick
Grand Junction

Other regions that should
return to earlier borders

In response to President Obama’s “redistricting” of Israel, Chinese President Jintao demanded that the United States return to the pre-1846 border with Mexico. He said the U.S. must allow Texas to be an independent republic and return California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and western Colorado to Mexico. 

President Jintao said his demands are “in fairness to the troubled Mexicans who have suffered in undeserved poverty for decades.” More recently, 35,000 Mexican’s have been slaughtered by drug cartels along the US-Mexican border.  “If the US didn’t have such a ‘drug’ appetite thousands of Mexican’s would be alive today” he said.  Jintao went on to say that the “giveback” will “redistribute the wealth that was Mexico’s all along.”

After Jintao’s speech, he was overheard saying that the U.S. should also give back the 1803 Louisiana Purchase to France and return Alaska to Russia, but thought it would be too much, too soon. Also, in light of America’s looming debt crisis, he believes U.S. balkanization would make sense in the near future.
Detlef Hoffmann
Grand Junction

Obama’s proclamation on Israel
should worry all Americans

At present, the Mideast is embroiled in an historically high level of chaos, with America fighting wars in three of those countries. Regardless of the current political spin coming out of the White House regarding Pakistan, it is very clear that America really only has one true ally in the Mideast, that being Israel.

History teaches us that the Israeli people have been perhaps the most persecuted people on Earth over hundreds of years, with millions of Jews tortured and executed in the Holocaust during the late 1930s and early 1940s and virtual non-stop military actions from neighboring Arab countries, with several of them vowing to “exterminate the state of Israel.”

Israel has been made many promises over the years by leaders from the U.S., Britain, France, etc., and has abided by numerous UN resolutions, most of which ended up being violated, sometimes almost immediately by any number of countries who refuse to acknowledge Israel as a state or Israeli’s as a people.

Considering the current state of chaos in the area, and the possibility, if not likelihood, of hostile government takeovers by evil forces such as the Muslim Brotherhood or other anti-Israel, anti-American radicals, one would think that our president would give great thought to possible outcomes prior to announcing a new policy position regarding Israel. All of which makes it even more astonishing that President Obama decided to announce, on the day prior to a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, that Israel should retreat back to its geographical boundaries which existed prior to the war of 1967, a war initiated by hostile Arab countries surrounding Israel.

We should all be gravely concerned that our “leader” would strike such a tone at such a critical point in time in the Mideast conflict. Obama has now emboldened the enemies of both Israel and America, and at grave expense to the Israelis, who simply could not defend themselves in the event that such new geographical boundaries were to be established.

This must be the kind of leadership that Obama’s advisor was referring to when he stated that “Obama is leading from behind.” We all need to step back and ask exactly what it is that Obama is hoping to achieve in this vital region of the world — vital in terms of world peace, vital in terms of religious freedom, vital in terms of all the freedoms that Americans now enjoy and, yes, vital in terms of oil and energy needs.
Don Boyles
Grand Junction

What will Republicans
campaign on now?

I’m guessing Republican politicians will not dwell on morals or ethics this next election season, based on the actions of Newt Gingrich, Arnold Schwartzenegger, John Ensign and others.
Maybe they should run on the fact that they just voted to give tax relief for corporations that have fired almost 100 people in Mesa County in the past month (Bank of America and Wells Fargo).
Or maybe, they could stand on the $2 billion in tax incentives for oil companies to drill $100-a-barrel
oil. All in the name of job creation.
Believe it or not, Mesa County Republicans will still vote for these guys. What does that tell you?
John Ijams
Grand Junction



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