Printed Letters: November 27, 2016

Business will suffer from minimum wage hike

As a business owner, it was very sad to see the people of Colorado vote for a $12 per hour minimum wage on businesses for unskilled labor. Why? Because I know that no matter how hard businesses try to keep customer costs down, this will force every business into big increases.

When businesses give employees a raise, workman’s comp, unemployment insurance, the insurance company, and the government must also be given a raise. Plus all our monthly bills will increase and our skilled laborers currently at $12 an hour must also be given raises.

Don’t kid yourselves, Colorado, and please don’t lay the blame on business owners for what’s going to happen to your loss of jobs and the increases in your cost of living. If we’re going to make careers out of frying hamburgers and delivering pizza (jobs that are meant to help school kids), we are all going to pay a huge price. It’s sad to see businesses that are already battling out-of-control government taxes and regulations now having the people pour it on us too.

Grand Junction

Column cavalier about concerns of Kittitas County

Regarding Greg Walcher’s column titled “The World’s most valuable fish” dated Oct 7, 2016. This article is cavalier about the true concerns of the people in Kittitas County who live in the mountain communities affected. Both Lake Kachess and Lake Keechelus feed the Yakima River. They are already connected at the Lake Easton where the first irrigation draw on the Yakima leaves the river.

He states, “Opponents include a few cabin owners on the two reservoirs concerned about their views and access when water levels drop.” Our communities have more serious concerns than views and access. The effect of drawing the natural lakes down on ground water and community wells and water systems has not been addressed. The effects on tributaries and wetlands that support fish and wildlife have not been addressed. These are established communities existing with businesses, homes, fire departments, water districts etc. The community is not just “a few cabin owners.”

Building a pipeline to connect two irrigation reservoirs that are already connected, drawing the lakes down below natural lake level and spending our taxes to do it are valid concerns. We never see mention the listed endangered bull trout in both lakes. The “500 acre community forest” is already public land. Part of it is already managed as a handicap accessible park by the U.S. Forest Service. The headwaters of both lakes are in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and need no restoration. Logging is a non- issue. The logged areas are many years into regrowth already and the Forest Service has naturalized many of the logging roads to prevent access.

Walcher also doesn’t mention that this was a state issue until the federal water grab a couple years ago and it was as good as dead in the state Legislature. There are no “local leaders” involved in this shady deal.

Snoqualmie Pass, Wash.

Don’t blame columnist for the image she shared

I understand that some people have been agitating to have Claudette Konola dismissed as a columnist because she posted an image of our new first lady on her Facebook page. Konola did not pose for that image. She did not take that image. She did not shop the image around, looking for more photo shoots she could pose nude for.

Unlike some right-wingers, Konola did not Photoshop Melania Trump’s head onto the body of a porn star in hopes of embarrassing. Konola simply reposted an image that has appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world and on thousands of websites and pages. This is your new first lady. This is who Melania is; this is what she did for a living before she met a billionaire plutocrat with a weakness for arm candy.

If the image embarrasses or angers you, perhaps you should have considered matters before you cast your vote. Now she is going to be first lady, America’s unofficial ambassador to the world. She follows in the footprints of Jackie, Nancy, and Michelle. In the eyes of the world, she is America.

If you are angered and offended by this, that is your right. But don’t try to blame Konola for this. In the end, she is only the one who pointed out that the Empress has no clothes.

McCloud, Calif.

Was recent column a result of bad judgment or ignorance?

How could any attorney, even as a satirical gesture, suggest that Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a holiday when he was only 3 years old, or that the U.S. defeated the Spanish Armada in 1812 when the English did so in 1588? Bad judgment or ignorance?

I’m glad Wagner is not my attorney. Young people do read something other than the funnies.



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Mr. Laitres,

It was Mr. Bambino, not Mr. Markos who wrote the letter about the wage increase.

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