Printed Letters, October 14, 2012

Government has built much 
that attracts visitors to the area

My family and I enjoyed a mini-vacation in Grand Junction last month. We had a good time (and spent a goodly amount of money) in your stunningly beautiful area.

As we entered town, I noticed a billboard with a serious-looking Barack Obama and the infamous “You didn’t build that” quote. I kept thinking about that anti-Obama billboard as we patronized Grand Junction businesses staffed by competent employees (educated in public schools), drove to those businesses over highways (funded by state and federal taxes), enjoyed locally produced food and wine (made possible in part through government-subsidized irrigation and other farm supports) and hiked around the impressive Colorado National Monument (access to which was built and maintained by — you guessed it — the government).

The president was referring to such things when he said, “You didn’t build that.” As the co-owner of a small business myself, I recognize that many government investments in infrastructure and education help make my LLC profitable. And I recognize those investments made possible our nice vacation in Grand Junction.

JOAN O’BRIEN

Salt Lake City

Labor Department is trying 
to sway outcome of the election

Two straight weeks of positive jobs numbers are good news for President Obama. When examined, however, the numbers do not add up.

Let’s start with the September monthly numbers. I followed the weekly new unemployment claims reports for all five weeks. The number averaged between 350,000 and 380,000 new claims per week, for a total of 1.75 million jobs lost for the month. We added 114,000 private-sector jobs and a miraculous 873,000 jobs for part-time or at-home workers. When you add the number of new jobs and compare to the number of new unemployment claims, you show a net job loss of 763,000 for the month.

How in the world does the unemployment rate go down when you have a net job loss? Is there a new math program that I missed somewhere? Or is it more likely that someone is cooking the job- numbers books?

Moving on to the new weekly jobs report for last week, 339,000 first-time unemployment claims were the lowest in four years. More good news. One problem, and it is a biggie. One state failed to file all of its reported jobless claims. Wonder what state that could be? California. Do you think there might be enough jobless claims there to wipe out the good news?

Clearly, in spite of the protestations otherwise, the Department of Labor is attempting to influence the outcome of the presidential election. It has willing accomplices in the press corps.

The citizens of the United States deserve to know the truth. It would be regrettable if the voters fall for this scam.

KEVIN MCCARNEY

Clifton

 

Daily Sentinel’s endorsements
erode trust of the community

Nothing undermines the integrity of the journalists of a newspaper more than the official public endorsement of political candidates. I understand that this practice is common in most newspapers. What purpose does it serve?

The Sentinel’s action in endorsing candidates and ballot issues is a disservice to the community. It is no wonder that citizens have a diminishing trust and respect for openly biased reporting that passes for journalism today.

RAE WARD

Grand Junction

 

Joe Biden forgot his basic 
childhood manners at debate

If Joe Biden were my son, I would have to take him to the tool shed and teach him a lesson in manners. It was very apparent he had forgotten everything he learned in kindergarten. You do not point your finger, you do not interrupt, you will not be disrespectful and you will not be rude.

Serious issues were being debated and all he could do was laugh, giggle and snicker. What a buffoon! If these people are re-elected, we are in more trouble than even I imagined.

HELEN CARLSON

Grand Junction


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