Printed letters, Jan. 11, 2012

Emily Anderson’s article, “Tough sell,” painted an accurate picture of the decline in the number of Realtors in the Grand Junction area.

However, by choosing to lead her story with Lori Garrison’s description of her failure to survive as a Realtor because successful Realtors are “man eaters, people who get the sale at all costs,”  Anderson led readers to believe that those of us who have been able to somehow scratch out a living through these tough times are unscrupulous and heartless.

I don’t blame Garrison for leaving the real estate industry and finding employment with the Department of Revenue. It’s a steady government paycheck, probably with good benefits — good for her. Everyone needs to do what’s best for them and their family. If I had the same opportunity, I might have jumped at it, too.

As Garrison stated, the work got harder after she picked the low-hanging fruit in the mid-2000s, so she left the business. Today, you have to climb a little higher and reach a little further to reap what you have sown.

Realtors who are hanging on to support their families are doing so by going the extra mile, by handling all the extra paperwork involved with short sales, foreclosures and bankruptcies, by providing excellent customer service and by giving our honest and best advice.

By the grace of God, I have been fortunate enough to have been able to support my family through these tough times as a Realtor. It’s not always easy, I don’t have a steady paycheck and I don’t get any benefits. But I can say unequivocally, that I have not been blessed by “getting the sale at all costs,” but by being patient, persistent and honest with my customers and by being thankful for what I have.

My experience with my fellow Realtors has been that those who work for the benefit of their customer(s) are the Realtors who survive and are successful. This business is not for everyone, only those who are willing to put in the time and effort to be successful for their customers and thereby for themselves. But then again, not everyone can work for the Department of Revenue.

JOHN DUFFY

Grand Junction

Make regional economy ‘energy beets economy’

Mark my words: A decade of stagflation is coming upon the United States that will make the Nixon era look like a picnic. This is because of our $15 trillion national debt and the $1 trillion per year federal deficits that will be financed by central bank monetizing of the U.S. dollar.

Hard currency is like water, it always seeks its own level.

In a decade of stagflation, there is a strategy for the Western Slope counties to pursue that will create sustainable economic security and public and private revenues: Produce food, fuel and feed for local consumption and to export to urban centers.

Before Hawaii became a state, sugar beets, as a cash crop, thrived in western Colorado. Today, sugar beets have evolved into “energy beets,” as a feedstock for biofuels such as iso-butanol and high-octane gasoline.

In the last three Formula One races this season, Ferrari Formula One race cars burned fuel refined from sugar beets.

To begin the process of reinventing the Western Slope sugar beet industry to create an “energy beets economy,” there needs to be a local political leader who has vision and the faith of an entrepreneur. What is needed is a leader who has the true grit to bring together the county commissioners of Delta, Mesa, Garfield, Gunnison and Montrose counties into an economic development powerhouse dedicated to creating in all five counties an “energy beets economy.”

This is an election year. Perhaps there will be a candidate who will run for county commissioner in Mesa, Delta or Montrose who has the courage and wisdom to organize western Colorado into an “energy beets economy.”

CARL MC WILLIAMS

Silt

 

Worldwide wars keeppeople starving, homeless

While I was watching the evening news recently, they showed a young woman in North Korea. She was dirty and had been eating grass to survive. Some two-bit despot had died and his legacy was that he spent all that nation’s resources on their military, while ignoring the people

Earlier this summer, while leaving a Wal-Mart store in Montrose, I saw a young woman, who looked like she was on her last legs, holding a cardboard sign asking for gas money.

Recently, the despots in Washington gave the military $660 billion. They are unable to balance the budget, but the military has all its wishes fulfilled.

Military spending is their only purpose. It probably has something to do with there being a defense contractor in almost all congressional districts in the United States.

Wars are necessary in order to continue their cash flow. Wars are economic development. Wars create jobs.

When one sees the homeless and hungry anywhere in the world, we now know why they are in that situation.

W. RODNEY MCKINNON

Montrose



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