Email letters, Feb. 27, 2012

Corporations have all the control

The Occupy protesters have some things correct in that they know that 1 percent of the population owns, runs and has orchestrated the current recession which is the greatest hoax on the American people in our history. They also admit they don’t know what to do to stop it. The politicians try to convince us that we can’t raise the taxes on the 1 percent because they are the ones who create the jobs and that increasing taxes on the wealthy will stop job creation while the only jobs we see being created are the outsourced jobs to countries creating jobs for $2 or less an hour.  mericans are like “sheeple” when they listen and repeat this rhetoric and wonder why no jobs are being created in America.

Our own Chamber of Commerce encourages members to travel to China yearly, as a business trip, to learn how to outsource and develop relationships for product development in China.  When will Americans wake up and see that corporations are running the world. No longer do we have super powers, but corporations that see something they covet in a country whether it be cheap labor, oil, diamonds, wood or bamboo or gold and they convince N.A.T.O. that they have the right to take whatever they want. 

On the local front one of the new corporations stated arrogantly to one of our local advertisers, “You know how Wall Street ruined Main Street? Well, large corporations are now in your city to pick the bones clean.” Any city with a population of at least 100,000 they are looking at with viable companies who are now in trouble because of the tsunami caused by this recession.  These corporations are buying, for pennies on the dollar, any local business they can cheaply purchase like Harbert Lumber, United Sand and Gravel, Callahan Edfast, G.J. Pipe, Bonner Steel, Van Gundy’s, Mesa Mack Truck and many others who are now in trouble because of the recent orchestrated recession. 

One new corporation even stated that, “We don’t have to make money for 10 years and we will drive three to fice local businesses out, any that have a mortgage.” Bedroom Gallery gave up after only 2 months of competition from American Furniture. Townspeople, with local businesses like Gene Taylor’s who support local kids and charities, will wonder what happened when they only have the big chains to ask for donations from and they are then required to fill out a form that gets sent to corporate offices, they never hear anything back and give up after several attempts to ask about their request at the business they requested assistance from.

Yet the multitude of our population flock to the new furniture store, car wash, craft store or new or natural grocer while the small businesses give up and close their doors because they can’t compete with their dollars spent on location, advertising, $300,000 scrolling message signs bigger than any other businesses and money to spend to wow and woo the masses.

If the occupiers want to do something, they need to reawaken Americans to the fact that we must turn our backs on corporate stores and support local businesses that are being decimated by these corporations or one Christmas day we will all wake up to a modern “Pottersville” of our own creation where Main Street is closed and only Rimrock has operational businesses.

Then when all the competition is gone, they will set the wages at minimum wage and charge the prices they desire with no other competitors and corporate banks will charge the interest they wish and the multitudes of citizens won’t be able to afford and none of us will any longer have “A Wonderful Life” because you know, “Corporations earnings can never be satiated with what they already own but their desire to own everything.” John D. Rockefellar petitioned Congress in the ’20s to allow for the privatization of corporations. Congress agreed and Rockefellar stated quite arrogantly, “Competition is evil and must be eliminated.” Why? So they can profit and profit unfairly never caring about who or what they squash along the way.

You will most certainly miss your local grocer when you must drive 5 to 8 miles for some sour cream on Christmas Eve.

MIKEL & ROXANNE LEWIS
Grand Junction

Lions Club should not be spreading fear and prejudice

I just read the story about the Lions Club members parading about dressed as Jihad terrorists and I’m flabbergasted. What on earth were they thinking? What they deem to be a harmless prank is outrageous to say the least.

I’m disappointed that The Daily Sentinel chose to report this in such a flip manner as if it’s a joke. These people should be prosecuted or, at the very least be made to issue a public apology. An organization that does so many good things for the community shouldn’t be involved in spreading fear, hate and prejudice.

DONNA MANN
Paonia

Fake IED was no joke

I suppose Gregg Palmer being who he is and was, can laugh off the Lions Club joke, along with the rest of the members who were involved. However, had they lost a friend or family member to a Taliban IED (improvised explosive device), perhaps it would not be so funny? In fact, the whole idea from concept is sickening.

My very good friend S.Sgt. US Army Rangers (Ret’d) Ray Robinson likely didn’t see the humor in any way shape or form after being blown by an IED in Iraq and losing his left leg, left ear and receiving a traumatic brain injury. Did they ever for a moment think maybe this would impact those men and women that served fighting the Taliban in a very negative way?

No? The Lions Club does some extraordinary things for our valley and our country. Kudos. But the moment they decided it was a joke and it would be funny to put on costumes and make phony IEDs,  they lost my respect as fellow Americans and citizens of Grand Junction. They may also have selfishly injured soldiers mental stability and definitely tarnished the name of the Lions Club.

By the way, you all owe the city and the taxpayers the cost of the bomb squad having to deal with the joke. Who is the joke now?

BRAD WILLMS
Grand Junction

Antics at Lions Club parade were offensive

I am writing to express my outrage over the antics of the Lions Club during their parade. Their actions are more reminiscent of a poorly thought out college prank than those of so-called community leaders.They have set quite an example for the rest of us.

For one, the FBI and bomb squad had to be called in to blow up one of the props using valuable emergency services resource which, I’m sure, could be put to better use. This, however, pales in comparison to the display of narrow-minded bigotry shown by their choice of costumes. Of course, I understand this was done in jest, but I would expect more thought to go into a public display of humor by community leaders.

As a member of Grand Junction’s business community, I am disappointed that these are the people who represent the best this city has to offer. As an Arab-American, I am, frankly, offended and disgusted. The whole episode reflects a closed-minded, immature, insensitive attitude I know is not pervasive in our city.

JOSEPH HARAWI
Grand Junction

Simpson-Bowles plan needs support


I’d like to join The Daily Sentinel in commending Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson and his deficit commission co-chair Erskine Bowles on their efforts to rein in the nation’s astronomical debt.

In a time of intense partisanship in Washington, Sen. Simpson, a Republican, and Mr. Bowles, a Democrat, came together to craft a comprehensive, bipartisan plan for deficit reduction that tackles discretionary spending (defense and non-defense) and reforms entitlements and our tax code.

The Simpson-Bowles Plan leaves nothing off the table. And while I certainly don’t agree with every part, I strongly support a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that uses Simpson-Bowles — or the plan produced by its offshoot, the Gang of 6 — as a starting point.

I am absolutely confident that if 100 Coloradans were put in a room and asked to come up with a plan to reduce the debt, they would. This is something I told Sen. Simpson when I asked him to come to Colorado for a forum I convened last year with Sen. Mark Udall on the nation’s fiscal challenges.   

In town hall meetings across the state, Coloradans have told me they want a plan for deficit reduction that meaningfully addresses the problem, ensures we’re all in it together, and is bipartisan. Simpson-Bowles meets those criteria, and as I have told leaders in both the House and Senate, it deserves an up-or-down vote in Congress. 

Like Sen. Simpson, I too am optimistic about our ability to get this done despite the current state of our politics. If we can, our country, our economy and most importantly, our kids will all be better off. And we will have statesmen like Sen. Simpson and Mr. Bowles to thank.

SEN. MICHAEL F. BENNET
Denver

Cuts should be made across the board

In his Feb. 24 letter to the editor, John Borgen tells us that: “If Congress really wants to fix the programs (Social Security and Medicare), it can do so easily.” Congress is unable to do anything whatsoever “easily.” He also does not like either Simpson or Bowles, of the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission, because they allegedly lived lives “of privilege” and, by inference, don’t care for the recipients of the two programs.

The commission had more members than these two individuals, and I am not aware that there was any hue and cry, within that commission, over the bipartisan (!) recommendations there-from.  In my view it was pretty even handed but completely ignored by Obama, who created the commission.  Just another change we cannot believe in.


Personally I would not like, but would not complain, if my “entitlements” were hit somewhat as long the treatment was even handed across the board. Something must be done, but it won’t be done easily” regardless of Borgen’s pronouncements.

I applaud The Daily Sentinel’s support for the commission’s findings and recommendations. I suggest one at least read the Summary Report and then point out, in detail, what is unacceptable and should not be done, and what is easy to do. There is an awful lot more than just fixing those programs in these findings. But, as usual, the mere mention of them in any fiscal recommendations sends seniors into apoplectic seizures.

CREIGHTON BRICKER
Grand Junction

Afghan leaders should compensate the families of those killed

President Obama should demand that the Afghan leadership pay millions of dollars to compensate the families of the Americans who were killed and wounded during the book burning riots instead of apologizing to them for a perceived insult.

Will we see an Arab Spring of riotous insults to America in Afghanistan?

Since the people ofAfghanistan, the earth’s armpit, apparently prefer to be ruled by their tribal chieftain’s guns and rabid cleric’s medieval religion, we should pack up our many humanitarian efforts and our deadly weapons and come home.

As a gift to the rest of the world, we should saturate Afghanistan’s heroin-producing agriculture with herbicide as we leave. 
 
BARRY LINDSTROM
Montrose

American will always choose progress

Regarding Brandon Siegfried’s letter to the editor printed Feb. 24 about comments Alan Simpson made about some Republican politicians’ views on same-sex marriage being homophobic. Siegfried went onto write that the United States was founded on Christian principles which once made this country great, followed by several Bible verses in which he seems to believe that no homosexual can inherit to the Kingdom of God. He then urges to vote for conservative Republican leaders that follow in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

This country was founded on principles of freedom. Those that came first, fought for freedom. Their principle was to be free of church and state being joined at the hip. Freedom to listen to the majority and freedom to practice religion as individually believed. Conservative views in this nation have been here since the country was founded. If people still held true to many of those past conservative beliefs, we would still be burning people at the stake, denying women the right to vote along with equal rights, sitting at the back of a bus and so many of the freedoms we enjoy today. The United States continues to be the greatest nation because Americans in the end will always choose to progress rather than regress.

SAM BAGLEY
Palisade

Congress and the president need to refill Social Security trust

The constant attack on Social Security by Barack Obama and segments of our politicians is possibly an attempt to avoid paying back the funds that were borrowed. Our less than stellar congressmen and women have had history of borrowing from this trust fund which working Americans have paid into during their working lives. The word “trust” has been ignored as well has paying back the “trust” fund has been ignored.

When Congress choose to use treasury notes for the trust to hold until the notes were redeemed at a later date (which never came), the Congress sold the treasury notes to China. Guess what, the cash never reached the trust fund where it was owed.

I wonder if the congressmen/women and our president would takeout personal loans to repay this trust fund.

CLIFF VASHUS
Fruita

Both Obama and Bush have tried to curb illegal immigration

Letter writer David Zulian discusses illegal immigration in a recent letter, but might have been caught up in a relatively recent unfortunate negative influence of the internet. He claims that under the Obama administration our borders are more porous, illegal administration is up and implies that generally the administration either doesn’t care or is looking the other way.
 
Recent media reports from many sources say that immigration is down considerably, probably because of lack of job opportunities. Additionally, the rounding up and deportation of those illegally in the country has increased exponentially. Finally, the president has said over and over that we must come to grips with the problem and it is up to the Congress to develop a comprehensive, rational program to deal with the borders and what to do with those already here.
 
To his credit, Bush said the same kinds of things and actually proposed such a program. It was roundly ignored as is the urging of Obama to act. You don’t suppose that the business lobbyists for cheap labor had anything to do with it, do you? In the meantime, how long do you think it will take to deport all of the estimated 12 million “illegals”in the country? Is that a viable method of dealing with those already here?
 
What does the internet have to do with it? Google “illegal immigration” and see what you get? Prominent among the first entries you’ll get are sites that seem to look like legitimate authorities on the subject. A little checking around and you’ll find that writers for the site and the people behind the sites are anything but impartial. We have a national problem, but it is not going to be solved by bigots and white supremacists. Finding the actual statistics is not easy so be very wary.
 
JOHN BORGEN
Grand Junction

Ray Scott voted himself a raise

I am a dedicated state employee for Colorado, and have been for the past three years, I am also a dedicated constituent to the Republican base. I would like to point out that the fact that Ray Scott voted to give himself a raise

Whether it is a per diem raise or not, is morally wrong, especially since state employees such as myself have not had a raise in four years. Scott a raise last year, that must be nice. Mean while the employees who work under him have had cuts made to our pay, and increases in insurance cost have gone up, but he gets a raise.

Did Scott even think about others before he jumped at the decision to give himself a raise? I find greed like his to give a bad name to politicians everywhere, and am ashamed to say that he represents
any large number of people, because this act alone clearly points out that he is only interested in representing yourself. As a citizen of Colorado, I understand that these tough economic times are not ideal for distributing raises, which I and other state employees understand. Why doesn’t he understand that?

CALEB DELONG
Grand Junction

Not every trace of religion should be removed from our culture

No matter what your faith belief — whether it be Judaism, Christianity, Islam, any other or none at all — our United States Constitution was thoughtfully prepared by those who firmly believed no single organized religion or church should either control or be controlled by our government. I do not believe that they intended or expected that to mean all religious faith or references to it should be deleted from our history, culture or lives. Still, they did not want harm done to any one in the name of religion.

The young man who chose to quit a choir rather than sing a song from the Muslin faith, which referred to God as Allah just, revealed his lack of knowledge and understanding. Judaism, Christianity and Islam (which is the actual name of that religion), all three, profess belief in one same God. He is called by many different names, even within each faith. All three faiths trace their cultural and theological roots to one book, the Bible (regardless of specific version or translation), although each religion adds and/or deletes certain written works. All three faiths include Abraham in their “genealogical” lines. All three faiths reject other gods, insisting there is only one.
 
Unfortunately, within each of those three faiths there have been and continue to be radicals who interpret their scriptures and beliefs to justify violence. Read the Old Testament and you will find many horribly violent episodes among individuals and groups we may have learned to believe were good.  Study the Spanish Inquisition if you do not believe Christianity has its terribly dark history. 

I believe it is wrong for a school musical group to prohibit or promote specific religious music just because it might offend someone. We all need to accept that each individual is entitled to his or her own belief. The musical director was within his rights to be inclusive in selecting music. The young man was within his rights to quit the group. I do not believe the School District did anything wrong. The purpose of education is to challenge the minds of our young people, not to indoctrinate them. 

Religious faiths of many varieties are part of our collective culture. Let’s all learn about and respect our differences.

JOANNE E. DRAKE
Fruita
 
Higher education does help develop critical thinking

I never thought it could happen, but Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has finally made a patently outrageous statement I agree with.

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Santorum said, “I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, it’s because of their indoctrination … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.” He then added, “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it.”

Freed from the influence of their parents, most college students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills and question the world around them. The goal is to begin thinking rationally rather than dogmatically.

As they develop these new reasoning skills, many students conclude that religious belief is hopelessly irrational, and contrary to what they’ve been told, is based on mythology and superstition rather than provable fact. They realize their “faith” is simply opinion, which the religious community continuously passes off as fact.

Helping young minds overcome ignorance and superstition with the goal of becoming secular progressives is a noble endeavor which should be encouraged, not denigrated.

E. MICHAEL ERVIN
Grand Junction

We have too many Band-Aids on our problems

The Simpson/Bowles “truth” tour. Yawn. America’s problems are fundamental. We don’t suffer from a deficiency of economic Band-Aids. Believing those who created our problems, will solve our problems, is the problem.

Simpson on America: “A pretty damn fine experiment.” Really? That’s the awe inspiring summary that all the sacrifice of our founders and military has earned? For starters, this “experiment” has prevented an indescribable amount of hell on earth. America being exceptional isn’t contingent upon a thriving economy. America began as the exception, albeit imperfect, to governmental tyranny and bloodshed.

On Romney: “The last bastion of hope.” We heard that “hope” crap in 2008. Shouldn’t hope be reserved until after real change is evident?

Simpson trashes marijuana use, but aren’t people literally curing acute sobriety with it everyday? Sure, the day Van Halen II was released and a dopey friend spilled bong water on my copy, I considered homicide. But forget all the pot induced murders, holocausts and genocides. Turns out, the leading cause of death is not THC, but avoidable disease resulting from garbage laden diets. Demonizing weed while people drop like flies from fast “food” should have us all lighting up.

On abortion: “I don’t think men legislators should even vote on it.” Then don’t — think, that is. Every Supreme Court justice who decided Roe v. Wade could raise their robe and write their name in the snow while standing up. When having certain genitalia becomes the pre-requisite to crafting legislation, it’s only fair to have Chaz Bono alone dictating policy on social issues.

If our Creator is benevolent, then we’ve been given economic solutions. If not, screw “truth” tours, this is just the planet of the apes so “... eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”

MARTY DHABOLT
Grand Junction



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In response to Caleb Delong.

One, you were hired during the supposed hiring freeze by the State Government, so you should be celebrating the fact you have a job, unlike the 20% of Mesa county residents who do not.

Two, does your state job require you to travel back and forth across the State, have a separate residence in two different municipalities with all of the expenses involved?

Before you complain about the raise in per diem, you might want to take a look at what housing prices and gas prices have done in the past two years.

Finally, if you think you are being treated unfairly, feeding off of my tax dollars in a public job, you can always try to join the private sector.

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