Printed Letters: October 11, 2016
‘Never Trump’ voters are now ‘never Hillary’
Never Trump voters are now never Hillary. We are rejecting the establishments of both parties who have led us to a crushing $20 trillion debt. We want to return to basic principles, like the rule of law where nobody gets special treatment. Stronger growth is the economic solution we seek.
Hillary supports President Obama’s economic policies that led to an anemic 2 percent growth. She helped to craft America’s retreat from leadership in foreign affairs. That led to disasters in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Her answer to terrorism is more gun control. Our borders are full of holes. She offers no change.
Trump will secure our borders to stem the flow of illegal drugs and control immigration. He will fight for better trade deals. He will be able to work with a Republican House to close tax loopholes. Trump had difficult times 20 years ago, but he turned his businesses around and made them great again.
We remember the disgrace of a president being guilty of sexual harassment. Hillary’s response, as many times before, was to attack his victim. Trump has a healthy marriage. He is our best hope for change.
DAVID A KEARSLEY
Strength of country counts for more than party loyalty
Still undecided who to vote for? Watch Frontline “The Choice 2016” on streaming PBS for an even-handed look at the backgrounds of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Each are followed throughout their formative years revealing parental influences, schooling, and religious training. Learn what challenges they faced. Successes and failures helped formulate their goals and public persona. These real people behind campaign slogans and rhetoric have taken vastly different paths to reach this point in history.
Make an informed choice about the two main candidates. The strength of our country counts for more than party loyalty in this critical election. Change for the sake of change is a dangerous gamble.
Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Solid experience always trumps erratic divisiveness.
Can’t stomach either? A third party vote is wasted, so work to effect changes at the state, county, and local levels where your input has greater impact.
I trust your vote will be thoughtful and informed.
Amendment 70 will not help us grow, advance, or prosper
We have important issues on the ballot this fall and one being aired out on these pages is Amendment 70, affecting minimum wages.
It is important we all agree that everyone has the opportunity to grow, advance and prosper. I can’t find evidence that artificial wages by mandate do that. Seattle enacted a similar law beginning in April 2015 and so have had merely a year to feel the effects. A study by the University of Washington gives us some insights. They are at $11/hour, going up to $15/hour by 2021. In spite of a strong local economy due to tech and construction, which we don’t share in Western Colorado, hours worked have declined slightly, about 4 hours/week. Employment rate (new jobs created) is down versus surrounding areas. There is no evidence of ancillary job creation, so throw that argument out the window.
When anything rises in price there is less demand for it — a fundamental reality. In this situation, consider that when labor starts to look expensive, new technology begins to look cheap. Some see this as a moral issue. But there is more than one moral. When giving a little more to a few means fewer jobs for more (e.g., teens, low-skilled workers) what do we gain as a whole society?
My experience also doesn’t bear out the concept that people suddenly being paid more, without merit, suddenly become more productive. Why would they? Where is the pride in an unearned raise? How will the managers now getting $18-20 because they earned it view staff that doesn’t bear the same responsibilities or skill sets?
Finally, the people who create the jobs in America put their entire life savings at risk to do so. Why would they do that in Colorado if we legislate their hard work and capital risk as worth less than a passive investment, like treasuries? This is not the way to help any of us over the long run. No on 70.
Trump’s comments are classless and offensive
Tell me, Trump supporters, how to explain Trump’s continuing offensive remarks about women, immigrants, the disabled, etc., to our children and grandchildren? He is just classless.