Printed letters, February 26, 2013

What amazes me is the contempt that many of my liberal acquaintances have for corporations. They cry that corporations shouldn’t be given the rights of people. Corporate profits are obscene, and they want to be able to control them. This seems so uninformed to me.

The stock market has recently been at record highs, and yet most people feel the country as a whole is not doing very well. Why are big corporations doing so well, while the overall economy is just bumping along? The simple answer is corporations are efficient with their capital and government isn’t with its investments, also known as spending.

The biggest corporations are more international in scope today than they have ever been. A prosperous manufacturing company in Mesa County is Leitner-Poma of America, a subsidiary of Pomagalski, S.A., a French company. American success stories such as Caterpillar do more business overseas than they do here. Many foreign corporations such as Poma and Toyota provide many good jobs for workers in this country.

The advancements in technology, transportation and communications we have seen in the past 30 years have freed many big corporations from any one country’s control. Liberals think we can tax and regulate without consequence, but there are limits, and we see that today in slow growth.

The pressure will remain on us to appreciate the value of these international corporations. This really isn’t an option if we want to grow again.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Mesa

Questions raised in regard 
to upholding Constitution

Angie Many’s letter of Feb. 17 praised county sheriffs for promising to uphold the Constitution. I vowed to do this at the ceremony of my naturalization as a U.S. citizen, as does every elected government official, including the president.

The reaffirmation by the sheriffs is perhaps political grandstanding or just a puzzling part of the U.S. gun culture, which, I am told, is embedded in our history and therefore should not be changed.

Nevertheless, it stimulated questions about what seem to me to be other oddities on this subjects:

✓ Logic suggests that as more firearms become available to the populace, related injuries and deaths will rise accordingly. If not, why is more control necessary?

✓ If the purpose of a personal weapon is to deter attack, what sense does it make to conceal it?

✓ What is “militia,” as written in the Second Amendment, and how is it “regulated”?

I trust readers will appreciate these questions are part of an attempt to make sense of the conflicting information promulgated by the many and various interest groups, most of which seem to have the improvement of public safety as one of their goals.

DAVID COOK

Grand Junction

 

Colorado senators urged 
to support Pentagon cuts

In the budget debate in Washington, advocates for rolling back the cuts to the Pentagon budget have been some of the loudest voices.

As a retired schoolteacher, I think it is important for our senators, Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, to take a hard look at these arguments.

Even after these cuts and the conclusion of two wars, Pentagon spending would still be higher than it was during most of Vietnam and the Cold War.

Meanwhile, I see that our communities need more investment in public education, roads, the environment, green energy and infrastructure — investments that will be harder to make if the Pentagon doesn’t pay its fair share of deficit reduction efforts.

I hope our senators will examine the facts and keep planned Pentagon budget cuts.

WAYNE FLICK

Cimarron

 

Do zoning codes not apply 
to Monument Baptist Church?

So, Monument Baptist Church, with property valued by the county assessor to be worth more than $1.2 million and which pays $0 in county property taxes for its church, can infringe upon its good neighbors and put a commercial use Verizon tower in the middle of a residentially zoned neighborhood.

The more than 200 residential owners within the adjoining neighborhoods pay roughly $1,200 each annually to the county in property taxes and have received zero notification, input or representation at hearings that are supposed to be in place to protect our zoning codes and the public good.

The Monument Baptist Church stands to profit from this infringement. The area residents stand to watch their values decline, while paying their fair share of property taxes.

We don’t see why the code was not properly reviewed and enforced.

The Mesa County website identifies the purpose behind adoption of these codes as “for the purpose of preserving and improving the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens and businesses of Mesa County.”

JIM and DENISE HENNING

Grand Junction



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