Email Letters: November 25, 2016

Business owners will suffer as a result of minimum wage increase

As a business owner, it was very sad to see the people of Colorado vote for a $12 per hour minimum wage on businesses for unskilled labor. Why? Because I know that no matter how hard businesses try to keep customer costs down, this will force every business into big increases. When businesses give employees a raise, workman’s comp, unemployment insurance, the insurance company, and the government must also be given a raise. Plus all our monthly bills will increase and our skilled laborers currently at $12 an hour must also be given raises.

Don’t kid yourselves, Colorado, and please don’t lay the blame on business owners for what’s going to happen to your loss of jobs and the increases in your cost of living. If we’re going to make careers out of frying hamburgers and delivering pizza (jobs that are meant to help school kids), we are all going to pay a huge price. It’s sad to see businesses that are already battling out-of-control government taxes and regulations now having the people pour it on us too.

MIKE BAMBINO

Grand Junction

We all need to promote unity in America

I was pleased to hear both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were willing to cooperate towards uniting our nation.

There is so much that I believe would help. Stop digging up the past. Promote the oneness that is so needed today.

HOWARD COWAN

Delta

Column was cavalier about concerns of Kittitas County community

Regarding Greg Walcher’s column titled “The World’s most valuable fish” dated Oct 7, 2016. This article is cavalier about the true concerns of the people in Kittitas County who live in the mountain communities affected. Both Lake Kachess and Lake Keechelus feed the Yakima River. They are already connected at the Lake Easton where the first irrigation draw on the Yakima leaves the river.

He states, “Opponents include a few cabin owners on the two reservoirs concerned about their views and access when water levels drop.” Our communities have more serious concerns than views and access. The effect of drawing the natural lakes down on ground water and community wells and water systems has not been addressed. The effects on tributaries and wetlands that support fish and wildlife have not been addressed. These are established communities existing with businesses, homes, fire departments, water districts etc. The community is not just “a few cabin owners.”

Building a pipeline to connect two irrigation reservoirs that are already connected, drawing the lakes down below natural lake level and spending our taxes to do it are valid concerns. We never see mention the listed endangered Bull Trout in both lakes. The “500 acre community forest” is already public land. Part of it is already managed as a handicap accessible park by the USFS. The headwaters of both lakes are in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and need no restoration. Logging is a non- issue. The logged areas are many years into regrowth already and the USFS has naturalized many of the logging roads to prevent access.

Walcher also doesn’t mention that this was a state issue until the federal water grab a couple years ago and it was as good as dead in the state legislature. There are no “local leaders” involved in this shady deal.

CINDY KONIGSON

Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.

Was Wagner’s column a result of bad judgment or ignorance?

How could any attorney, even as a satirical gesture, suggest that Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a holiday when he was only three years old, or that the U.S. defeated the Spanish Armada in 1812 when the English did so in 1588? Bad judgment or ignorance? I’m glad Wagner is not my attorney. Young people do read something other than the funnies.

DAN BESHOAR
Montrose

Don’t blame Konola for the image she posted

I understand that some people have been agitating to have my good friend Claudette Konola dismissed as a columnist because she posted a soft porn image of our new first lady on her Facebook page. Konola did not pose for that image. She did not take that image. She did not shop the image around, looking for more photo shoots she could pose nude for.

Unlike some right-wingers, Konola did not Photoshop Melania Trump’s head onto the body of a porn star in hopes of embarrassing. Konola simply reposted an image that has appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world and on thousands of websites and pages. This is your new first lady. This is who Melania is; this is what she did for a living before she met a billionaire plutocrat with a weakness for arm candy.

If the image embarrasses or angers you, perhaps you should have considered matters before you cast your vote. Now she is going to be First Lady, America’s unofficial ambassador to the world. She follows in the footprints (usually shot) of Jackie, Nancy, and Michelle. In the eyes of the world, she is America.

If you are angered and offended by this, that is your right. But don’t try to blame Konola for this. In the end, she is only the one who pointed out that the Empress has no clothes.

BRYAN ZEPP JAMIESON

McCloud, Calif.

Another source chimes in on methane, CO2, and global warming

I was compiling my letter regarding methane gas production when Mr. Menger of Whitewater beat me to the subject. May I be added to his list of followers by continuing with some statistics regarding methane and carbon dioxide? My sources are Wikipedia. For those that become bored by stats, please skip to end of letter.

Of all greenhouse gases, six percent are methane, 19 percent are CO2. 70 percent of methane production is from natural sources such as volcanoes, natural forest fires and other normal healthy earth activities. 30 percent of methane production is from human sources which are broken down as 33 percent fossil fuel production, 27 percent livestock farming, 16 percent landfill, 11 percent biomass burning, nine percent rice agriculture, and four percent bio-fuels. Of extreme interest is that 16 percent of the total worldwide production of methane is from all animals (which includes the human race) by enteric fermentation (belching and flatulence). 82 percent of CO2 production is from human activities, which I never researched for the various percentage breakdowns. I will leave that to Mr. Menger.

Would the elimination of politicians lessen the problem? Lower the rice production causing more worldwide hunger? No more cows, pigs, chickens, wildlife, human babies, etc.? Of course we are already stopping coal and gas production. Recycle more instead of landfill? Less rain forest burning?

I will leave it to the reader as to what course the human race should follow.

LARRY M. HEAD
Hotchkiss

Our representatives need to fight to save Medicare

Fight the Republicans like hell and save our Medicare. If Trump and Ryan privatize Medicare, it will end health care for seniors. It will sign our death certificates. We cannot allow it. Gov. Hickenlooper, join other Democratic governors and fight Trump on this issue! Senators and representatives, save our Medicare. We cannot allow this from Trump.

The state of Colorado should sue President Trump for this stance for the next four years. Drain his coffers dry. Drain this billionaire of his money by suing him over our Medicare. Make this man pays for his own security and his own health care! Why should we pay his security and health care when he can write a check to cover any health care needs he has as a billionaire? I cannot. I need my Medicare!

LESLYE WICK
Delta


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