Printed letters, February 26, 2014
Of course, the school district had to push the kindergarten age back. When you start school two-thirds of the way into summer, you can’t have the little ones starting school before they are five.
It wouldn’t be a problem if the district had just left it alone. I don’t know what they were thinking.
Now summer vacation is cut short, students and teachers will have trouble finding summer jobs, family vacations will be harder to plan and, besides, it’s too hot.
De Beque gambling would lead to societal problems
If the citizens of De Beque think gambling would be a good thing, here are some not-so-good things to think about.
Gambling itself is addictive to many folks and can be a financial tragedy for them. Sometimes those who are not addicted will hope to swell slim finances or get lucky to get out of financial trouble and find themselves worse off financially.
A big casino will come in and create some jobs for a short time, and it will have a restaurant, gift shop and other amenities. There goes any local related businesses. It will put a strain on the sewer, water, garbage and other city services.
The tax base will increase, but it will take time to catch up with needed improvements. Property taxes may increase with values, but this is only helpful if you’re going to sell property.
Gambling also attracts opportunists who are often the less civilized, and law enforcement will become a burden.
Casinos encourage drinking to loosen wallets and other inhibitions. That often creates drunk driving.
If you have seen Cripple Creek since the gambling started, you know it is no longer a charming mining camp but is lit up like a circus.
Finally, where do you think the money will come from? It will mostly come out of the local economies of Mesa and Garfield counties, and those profits will go to the investors in the casinos. I guarantee you they will not spend it in De Beque or Mesa County.
I can’t see De Beque as a destination resort. The east side of the Continental Divide has Black Hawk and Central City, so I don’t think they are coming here to gamble.
American Constitution Party will also caucus in March
The Daily Sentinel article published Feb. 20, detailing “major party” caucuses that are scheduled for March 4, omitted an entire party.
The American Constitution Party will also be holding its caucuses on that date. Under Colorado law, the ACP is also a major party. In Mesa County, ACP caucuses for the entire county will be held at Pear Park Elementary School, 432 30 1/2 Road in Grand Junction.
For more information on this event, please go to: http://www.mcacp.weebly.com/important-caucus-information.html.
Chairman, Mesa County
American Constitution Party
Can businesses simply hike prices to pay higher wages?
On two specific occasions over the past week or so, President Barack Obama tipped his hand regarding his knowledge and understanding of how the U.S. economy works.
First, he pressed Congress to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour, or an increase of 39.3 percent. And in an attempt to appear to be a real leader, he declared that all federal workers would be increased to that level, all the while knowing that almost all federal employees already make more than that.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office then performed calculations confirming that such a raise would likely result in a direct loss of a minimum of 500,000 American jobs, and many more employees having their hours reduced as a result. Why? While we all want to see folks paid a fair wage, just ask yourself the following: Can all business owners currently paying the $7.25 per hour simply raise the price of their goods 39 percent to pay for this raise, and pray to remain solvent?
And what about those employees in America already receiving $10.10 per hour or more? Do they just stay at their current pay levels, or do they also get a 39 percent pay raise to maintain their present pay advantage based on skill levels, demand, etc? Can Americans already strapped by this horrific economy pay 39 percent more for all their purchases?
Then Obama attempted to persuade the employees of Volkswagen USA, located in Tennessee, to vote for United Auto Workers representation, insinuating that it would be un-American to “support German shareholders.” So, if I understand Obama’s view of how the economy works, Volkswagen, with a plant in America that provides 1,500 Americans with good-paying jobs, is bad. But GM, which was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, a debt it will never repay, and which has moved thousands of U.S. jobs to China, is good. Now I get it.