Printed letters, April 26

Let’s get out of politics for a minute when discussing unemployment. I overheard a couple of men talking about the problems they were having in finding a job. According to them, there were no jobs available. Now, in my humble opinion, I don’t think that is entirely true. My question is: Do they need a job or are they simply looking for a big paycheck?

If they know how to work, I could tell them where they could find both. I got a call from a friend in North Dakota who told me that’s where the jobs are now. He said that he and his brother were working 12-hour shifts for 30 days straight before they got a day off. He said men were needed throughout the oil field in all positions.

There, men were given a new small trailer rent-free while they were employed there. All they had to supply were foodstuffs.

Hmm, lots of hours and no rent? Sounds like a money-making deal to me.

The drawback, of course, is obvious. Being away from your family and friends while you work to keep things going is a big sacrifice. But losing your home to foreclosure or being evicted from a rental property is an even bigger detriment, in my eyes, and there is only loss, no gain.

In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the oil boom in Wyoming was the same way, but those who stuck it out eventually could move their families there and create a better life for themselves. No one wants to be uprooted, but if it means providing you and your family a more secure life, isn’t it worth it?

Don’t sit and complain about the lack of jobs on the Western Slope, pick yourself up and be a pioneer. Look into options beyond here. You’ll never know what you’re missing if you don’t make that leap of faith. North Dakota is looking for a few good men.

VIOLA B. WARD

Fruita

Media are focusing on the wrong things

Our country is bankrupt, true unemployment (not the phony figures politicians and the government quote) is greater than 15 percent, personal bankruptcies and mortgage foreclosures are at an all-time high, congressional approval rating hovers around 12 percent, gasoline could soon be $5 per gallon and what do the media choose to report?

The fact Mitt Romney once hauled his dog atop the family station wagon and that President Barack Obama ate dog meat as a child. Pathetic.

H. WAYNE CURREY

Montrose

 

Real jobs are created by taxpaying businesses

I look forward to the times when Jim Spehar invites us to join him while he worships at the altar of government. Last week was a personal favorite.

Canon Spehar read us the gospel according the chamber. We were informed that, of the top Mesa County employers, five were from the public sector with 6,346 jobs. The top five in the private sector contributed but 4,792.

In the abstract, this model is doomed to failure. The Soviet Union tried it and is now out of business.

In his homily, Spehar informed us of a number of private enterprises which had a benefit from various government programs and projects. He attributes this munificence to what he euphemistically refers to a “government funding.” The heretics among us call this funding “taxes.”

I would ask Spehar to look at a phone book. With a public career spanning 26 years, I’m certain he can easily find the government listing section. However, I want to draw his attention to the yellow pages in the back.

There are thousands of individuals and companies offering their goods and services in those pages. Their collective success is taxed to fund a municipal or county government. Without those taxes, “the government doesn’t create real jobs.”

JOSEPH A LUFF

Grand Junction

 

Planned Horizon Drive upgrades are questionable

We are concerned about the proposed plan to improve Horizon Drive from G Road to H Road. The plan appears to be reducing the road from four lanes to two lanes (76 feet to 44 feet wide). We travel Horizon Drive a lot and especially during the rush hours, all four lanes are now filled.

The prospect of four roundabouts in a row can be very frustrating to visitors and a lot of residents. The cost of $5 million to $6 million is not very appealing at the present time.

The proposal to use taxpayers’ money for about 80 percent of this is also not in the best interest of local citizens at this time. The money scheduled to pay for this could be put to better use in fixing our existing streets.

Many of the existing streets and roads need to be repaved and/or smoothed out. The roundabout at the Interstate 70 interchange may cause visitors problems if it is similar to the ones in Fruita or at 24 Road. The first-time users of those interchanges need to use them two or three times before they exit where they want to go.

BOB and MARY KLINE

Grand Junction



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