Printed letters, December 20, 2012

I want to thank The Daily Sentinel for the article about Refrigeration Hardware Supply in Sunday’s paper. It is important to be reminded of the good that can come when business leaders work together toward the common goal of economic development.

The economic partners have been part of many success stories locally. Western Colorado is a prime location for companies seeking a business-friendly climate and remarkable quality-of-life attributes. We must continue to capitalize on our local resources.

We, as business leaders, need to “jump on the GJEP bandwagon,” as the article suggests, and work to find ways to grow our economy through business expansion, recruitment and retention.

Success is ours for the taking. Let’s not let the opportunity pass us by.

ED FORSMAN

Clifton

Federal officials won’t accept 
average citizens’ benefits

Our president has been espousing fairness and wants to tax the rich and spread it around. Could this be hypocritical and unfair in the following ways?

✓ Why did the president and Congress exclude themselves and government workers from Obamacare, keeping their own medical plans that are better by far? Obama could have shown real leadership by signing his own family up for Obamacare, then Congress.

✓ Why didn’t members of the same groups go under Social Security like the rest of the country? They have a far superior retirement plan than Social Security and have spent the contributions made to secure the future of Social Security, and all we have are IOUs from our government.

✓ Why hasn’t our leadership tried to equalize government wages and other benefits to those in private industry?

✓ Since we have to pay for all government, in fairness why aren’t Congress and workers paid for what they accomplish, not what they say they’re going to do? As they say, never listen to politicians, only watch what they do. Our broadcasting industry has a fairness doctrine, so why not our government?

ROBERT WEBB

Grand Junction

 

Senators deserve thanks 
for defending public lands

My thanks to Sen. Michael Bennet for his eloquent defense of our public lands in his Dec. 6 letter to the editor, “Magnificent land owned by all still needs proper stewardship.” I, too, believe public lands are far more valuable as accessible and affordable places for all Americans to visit and enjoy than as parcels sold to the highest bidder.

As a business owner in a small mountain town, I see firsthand how protected public lands are the foundation of our tourism economy. This was proved in recent studies showing that the higher percentage of protected public lands in a county — such as wilderness, national monuments and national parks —  the higher rate of employment, personal income and population growth.

Places such as Treasure Mountain, the Dillon Pinnacles and portions of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado need lasting protection. I want to thank both Bennet and Sen. Mark Udall for working toward introducing legislation that would safeguard these areas.

Their foresight will leave a legacy that all Coloradans will be grateful for, and proud of, for generations to come.

ARVIN RAMGOOLAM

Crested Butte

 

Marijuana vote leaves 
our future up in smoke

Coloradans proved themselves to be really gullible when they passed the marijuana law. Where is there any freedom in using such a drug? Where is freedom found in polluted air? Where is it to be found in scrambled brains?

Please, someone who is important and has authority should kick this thing back where it came from. Otherwise, our country is going down the drain, and most of our young people with it.

BARBARA THOMPSON

Cedaredge

 

Arrogance, ignorance trump 
nation’s economic interest

The lesson we learned from the mess going on in Washington is that we now know that interest of the Democrat and Republican parties comes first.

This game of chicken with the economic well-being of America has put citizens in last place. The question of who gets the blame for going over the so-called “fiscal cliff” is now the standard of success or failure.

They don’t care about the consequences, as long as the blame gets put on the other party. To hell with the fact that our fragile economy is now showing miniscule signs of improvement. Any progress on economic growth will be choked off by the uncertainty created by the jerks in Washington.

The only solution to our debt issues is economic growth. Taxing the rich is non–productive. We need policies that create an environment for businesses to grow. All we are getting from the current administration are roadblocks.

WILLIAM F. McKNIGHT

Grand Junction



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