Email letters, June 7,  2013

Prudhomme wisely points out dangers of big money in politics

Joel Prudhomme in his June 5 letter to the editor points out the dangers that can accrue from allowing big spenders to dominate politics. In the 2012 election a prominent big spender was Sheldon Adelson, a casino owner, who donated $94 million to Republican campaigns. But he was philosophical about his losses. “I don’t cry when I lose,” he said. He plans to donate more in the next election.

Adelson’s largess was due in part to the Citizens United decision of January 2010, which gave corporations that status of citizens. At present a movement is underway to repeal Citizens United by a constitutional amendment.

Will the repeal of Citizens United block the predatory hold big money has on government? Absolutely not. Greed knows no bounds and is no respecter of laws, persons and the common good.

The last election saw the emergence of superPACS (political action committees), which spent millions of dollars running negative ads. In the 2012 election superPACs spent $609 million, an amount which came from just 3,138 donors.

Organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, Karl Rove’s Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were specifically formed to influence congressmen to vote “yes” on issues favorable to their clientele.

“Prudhomme” in French means wise or prudent man. Thanks to Joel Prudhomme for supplying the questions. Only an informed public can supply the answers.

R.V. GOSSEN

Grand Junction

Government employees don’t need motivational conferences

American citizens should feel free to bill the IRS for the $49 million in taxpayers’ money it wasted on needless agency conferences. This IRS waste of taxpayer money came to the surface in this week’s congressional hearings.

Now, the IRS joins the government waste club with the General Services Administration. According to Wednesday’s Associated Press article, the White House budget office had set a cap on agency conference spending at $500,000. I don’t understand the need for government agencies to hold motivational or award conference at taxpayer expense. There should not be any conferences of this type.  Employees’ motivation should be from having government jobs. 

The IRS should be shut down for a lengthy period for an agency-wide audit. I think there is more waste there than they are telling us. Do you ever notice that American citizens never get compensated for any of the billions of wasted taxpayer dollars due to the federal government’s negligence?

I will hold a conference free of charge for IRS agency leaders and employees on how to collect trillions of dollars from American corporations and overseas accounts of the wealthy 1 percent.

It won’t cost one taxpayer dollar. Personnel in the IRS need a conference on how to do their jobs.

RANDY FRICKE
New Castle

Writer may have been duped over auto insurance rates

Regarding Frank Tranchina’s letter about auto insurance rates, I think he’s being duped and should shop around for other insurance.

My insurance decreased with its latest six-month renewal last month. Don’t believe everything everyone tells you.

I think if what Tranchina was told were indeed true, you’d hear a louder uproar.

JENNIFER SCHMALZ

Grand Junction

Those in energy industry try to be good stewards of land

Well, let’s see. There are some evil people that work in the oil and gas industry that just go around destroying the environment.

No spills are acceptable, but sometimes they happen as in any industry, except the environmental one where they use environmentally sound practices all the time. Not once have we caught them doing anything that might degrade the environment.

The oil and gas industry has made very large efforts toward being good stewards of the environment and this continues every day. They spend large amounts of time and money working on improving their stewardship of the land, air and water quality.

They also spend large amounts of time and money fighting with environmental groups about these issues, which are our issues, too. We are people working in an industry that has dangerous conditions. And we are striving to meet the demands of the environmentalists groups.

Yes, the oil and gas industry knows there are fines for spills and leaks, and, yes, sometimes they do happen. Sometimes the response isn’t what we expect or wanted, but there is a response and, yes, fines are levied. They also might not be what we want or expected.

We as a group are striving to be good stewards of the land, but when we have to fight with environmental groups continually sometimes we lose our focus on what we should be trying to attain — environmental perfection.

CURT CLAUSSEN

Grand Junction



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