E-mail letters, November 10, 2010

Don’t be overly offended
by Hickenlooper’s comment

Yes, Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper may have inappropriately labeled rural Coloradans as backward-thinking. But, after reading Gary Taylor’s reasoning in demanding an apology from Hickenlooper in the Nov. 10 letters to the editor, it is clear there are those in Colorado, maybe in particular the rural element of the population Taylor claims to represent, who just plain don’t think, backward or forward.
Rural Coloradans are involved in the production of oil, gas and coal. A small percentage of them actually produce food we eat, the wool we wear or beef we consume. So what does that mean?

It boils down to the fact those urban folks — whom Taylor believes should be beholden to him and other rural Coloradans — purchase products. They buy energy and goods. Many of those purchased products do come from rural communities. And, if a rural producer is fairly efficient and a good business person, he or she should benefit financially from those purchases made by the loathsome liberal urbanites whose wants and needs have been created by the easy-life existence ascribed to them by Taylor.
Without consumers (e.g. urban left-wing, liberals), the God-fearing rural conservatives would have fewer markets and consumers to sell their products to. Our country is founded on freedom but it runs on capitalism. The urbanites consume, the rural producers provide the resources or products and all sides can prosper. Sometimes it’s the middleman in this model who prospers the most, but that is a different issue.

So before we in western Colorado become overly offended by a comment that we may be backward-thinking, we might just need to think first.  Think it through. Put all the pieces together before segregating our society by where we live. I suggest we all try to look at the bigger picture before we narrow our minds.
Gary Shellhorn

Flooding currency markets
should be an act of war

Wouldn’t it be illegal, or even an act of war, for a private individual, or a foreign government, or a terrorist organization, to flood our marketplace with $600 billion of counterfeit currency? It was when Nazi Germany did it to England during World War II, and when the Soviet Union did so in the post-war divided Germany.

If so, how does one individual named Bernanke, working for a private front organization, aka the “Federal Reserve,” get a free pass for doing so today?

Where are the voices against such fraud? Where is the Republican Party with its newly acquired House majority? Who will speak for our fellow countrymen’s equity?

Where is the audit of the Federal Reserve?
Russell W. Haas

Serious questions surround
moving symphony to Avalon

During the intermission of the Nov. 2 concert, Grand Junction Symphony Board President Karen Hildebrandt announced that the board needed our support at the Nov. 15 Grand Junction City Council meeting. The symphony board is asking the council for money to support moving
the symphony to the Avalon.
I have several questions, and no one seems to be asking or answering—them:
—Where will the orchestra that size fit on the stage at the Avalon?
—Where, in the Avalon, will the attendees — three times the number that the Avalon can seat —sit?
—Where will the members of the orchestra, store their equipment: instrument cases, music stands, coats, chairs and all instruments owned by the symphony — grand piano, percussion instruments, recording equipment, etc.?
— Most importantly, where will all those subscribers park downtown? Anyone coming out of the concert could have noticed the Grand Junction High School parking lot was full and the Congregational Church Parking lot was full. Fifth street was lined with cars on both sides, as were Kennedy, Elm Court, Mesa Court and Sherwood Drive.
I hope someone on the symphony board, the City Council or the Downtown Association will honestly address these questions. I think this is vital to the continuing enjoyment of the Grand Junction Symphony
Carolyn Wilder
Grand Junction


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