Email letters, Dec. 9, 2011

Tipton has done a lot to create jobs

Some people would nitpick Scott Tipton on what he hasn’t done on Congress so much that they totally over look what he has done in Congress. The truth is Scott Tipton has been an amazing leader and effective legislator one year into his first term in the House of Representatives.

Contrary to columnist Bill Grant’s rhetoric Congressman Tipton has aggressively backed and written numerous bills that would create jobs right here in Colorado. He has co-sponsored legislation that would allow community banks to start lending to small businesses enabling them to expand and hire new employees. By opening up agriculture markets in South Korea, Columbia and Panama, Congressman Tipton has expanded the potential markets for Colorado farmers. And finally Congressman Tipton wrote and introduced the Education and Energy Act of 2011 that will incentivize responsible development of Colorado’s natural resources, while creating jobs right here in Mesa County and helping
to fund education.

These are only three examples of Congressman Tipton’s constant effort to create jobs in Colorado. We are truly lucky that we have a successful small businessman, who knows what it takes to create a job, representing us in Congress, even if some of us don’t know it.

MARJORIE HAUN
Grand Junction

Time for energy independence is now

The United States has a wealth of minerals, oil, and natural gas. We have the ability to make ourselves energy independent, erase unemployment and turn our economy around.  What’s even more impressive is we have the talent and innovation in the people of our country to achieve this. Yet we sit year after year; complain about our problems watching our country erode.

We have a new oil field in Alaska larger than any previous discoveries, we have centuries of coal, we have a pipeline proposal to bring a new oil source from our good neighbors in Canada; we have new oil fields in the Dakotas. Yet these great paying, great benefit jobs sit unfilled because our system has these projects stifled in red tape and bureaucracy.  Frivolous law suits brought by so called environmental groups are absolutely killing our job market and economy.

Am I promoting the pillage of America? Certainly not, we are resourceful and have found many ways to utilize our natural resources in a responsible manner. We can and will continue to do so. We do not need self serving groups, telling the entire country how to work and live, while they slowly destroy what our parents and grandparents built.

For some strange reason it appears we have chosen to follow Spain’s lead and believe we can develop some kind of green energy economy. Yet we have not recognized that Spain is like the rest of Europe, broke, in debt, and suffering from unemployment higher than ours.  On the other side of the earth sits Australia. It is projected that Australia will be debt free by 2020.  Their dollar currently pays about 4.5 percent interest. Why is that?  Australia has a wealth of minerals and coal utilized around the globe. This is providing jobs, and royalties back to their government. They are also sensitive to the environment, yet they are reaping the rewards and their economy will see the benefits. Canada has also turned their economy around and is stable with minimal debt. They also see the value of basic, fundamental, job creating industries.

The basic industries we are talking about generally generate three to four jobs for each job in these industries. All these jobs pay well and provide excellent benefits. In addition, it is the path to energy independence from foreign oil and our dollars and jobs’ disappearing oversees. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Maybe we need to eat a little humble pie and take a lesson from our neighbors to the north and our friends down under.

RANDY LITWILLER
Crawford



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