Printed letters, April 25, 2010

China has it half right on state interference

My wife and I recently visited China on a tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. China is not the same country it was 20 years ago, when it switched from a planned economy to a market economy. The growth is phenomenal. Their markets, in some ways, are more open than ours. The government’s primary role seems to be to spread the new wealth. It would make liberals proud, although there are three distinct economic classes.

However, the government is anything but liberal. My office is located in the Alpine Bank Building and our windows are covered by pigeon droppings. I noticed there are no pigeons in the cities we visited. The government doesn’t allow them. There is law and order. There is no significant drug problem. Dealing in drugs can be a capital offense.

Shanghai is hosting an international business expo, May 1, which is appropriate. That city is one of the most beautiful in the world. Many of the huge office buildings and condos are new. The new highways are crowded with new mid-sized cars. Their new airline terminal makes any terminal in this country look shabby. China is on the move.

Our guide pointed out several times that in China there is only one party. Government isn’t an obstacle to economic growth, but it clearly severely limits personal freedoms and individuality. I’ll put up with the pigeon droppings in order to enjoy my personal freedoms and privacy. In the USA, our lives can get messy, but we still believe bigger government isn’t a good idea. China has it half right. It has freed up its markets.

DAVE KEARSLEY

Grand Junction

Bill’s passage showed Schwartz’ leadership

Congratulations to state Sen. Gail Schwartz for her smart leadership in passing the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act.

This important legislation helps begin Colorado’s journey toward smarter energy choices, while remaining sensitive and responsive to local jobs and local economies.

These are times for smart responses to difficult questions, and Sen. Schwartz has shown us the way.

STEVE SMITH

Glenwood Springs

Tough to feel sympathy for auto union president

After reading the article in the April 19 edition of The Daily Sentinel titled, “Recession persists for many,” it is difficult for me to feel much sympathy for Doug Rice, who is the union president for the Chrysler stamping plant in Twinsburg, Ohio. The plant is closing in June. The article, by the Associated Press, implied that the reason for the closing is the continuing recession. That is not the complete story.

Chrysler, Ford and General Motors were in serious financial trouble years before the recession started. In Mr. Rice’s case, I would say that there is an old saying that applies, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Chrysler will go the way of our steel industry and textile mills — put out of business because of excessive regulation, greedy and inept management and the high cost of labor.

Boeing is now in the process of moving one of its main plants from Seattle (union labor) to the Southeast to escape the union labor.

I have driven Fords and Chevys for the past 60 years and they are good vehicles. It is time for the government, management and labor to make some meaningful concessions and allow these companies to remain the United States. Then there will be no need to outsource.

ROGER BENNETT

Delta

We honor the vile and dishonor the honorable

Bill Forbes says it right in his letter regarding Hollywood as a predator of children by its spewing out of prurient trash and making millions on it.

It is interesting (“disgusting”) how we forbid exposing children to the Ten Commandments for fear of doing them some kind of harm. Yes, we do honor the vile and dishonor the honorable.

LOIS LAMPERT

Grand Junction



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