Printed letters, Aug. 8, 2011
The top three finishers of this year’s Tour de France recently announced their decisions to participate in Colorado’s USA Pro Challenge bike race Aug. 22-28. This is a race that will be viewed worldwide and is 2011’s premier U.S. bike event.
Our Colorado National Monument could have easily been chosen as one of the race stages. The Coors Classic races we hosted in the 1980s brought excitement, tourism and highlighted the stunning beauty of our valley.
It is sad that the decision by the former Colorado National Monument superintendent and our ever-worsening, onerous government rules prevented using the Monument’s road for four hours to accommodate this race.
Government should not attempt to create jobs
In his Aug. 2 column, Jim Spehar disparaged those who disagree with his view that government creates jobs.
He ponders whether “the sloganeers who insist it’s the private sector” that creates jobs have ever checked the Chamber of Commerce’s web site. He points out, with apparent pride, that there are a number of government entities (five) in the list of top 10 employers. I would prefer there were none.
Spehar and his statist cohort won’t acknowledge that “you know, non-job creators” such as police and firefighters, among others, are civil servants. They are hired and paid by the tax paying residents of Grand Junction and Mesa County.
Capitalism creates jobs, government does not.
JOSEPH A. LUFF
Government jobs cost private-sector employment
I am writing in response to Jim Spehar’s commentary about our complicity in the rise of the public debt. He mentions the traditional political parties and their “fractious tea party and progressive wings.”
He talks of one faction, obviously the tea party, that sees government as oppressive, “instead of the way we band together to do things none of us can handle individually.” The choice of the words “instead of” seems to imply either-or, but not both. If government is oppressive, then all government should be opposed.
I view government as frequently oppressive and I’m for limiting its scope and power so we can afford the necessities such as national defense and infrastructure.
Many of us in America hold this view because we have seen not only the federal, but state and local governments, getting out of hand.
We have run up unbelievable debt and crippled free enterprise with thousands upon thousands of pages of regulations. We look to the private sector for debt payment and see that this producer of wealth has been shot through the heart. We no longer look at our government as being of the people and for the people. We see it as a growing cancer.
Sure the private sector loves to sell goods and services to government entities. Government funds do create jobs. However, these funds come directly from the wealth held by the private sector. When this money comes back, it has not been multiplied by two or three, it has been multiplied by point nine.
For those of you who are math challenged, this means that for every job created by government funds, a little more than one job is lost. Look around and see the results of this experiment for yourself.
Government wants to keep people off public lands
I have never seen as much baloney as there is in Lew Evans’ letter to the editor regarding legislation to reduce the overbearing restrictions the federal roadless rules have applied to our own public lands. You can try to convince those who fish and hunt that these rules protect the sport, but, in fact, they deny access to public lands for those who cannot hike or ride horses.
The reality of this obviously unconstitutional set of rules is that the federal government wants to bully its way into controlling, and therefore, owning our public lands. Here in Colorado, federal government officials want to keep development, as it pertains to mineral rights, off what they consider as their lands. Rather than controlling development, they want it denied to the bulk of Americans and only available for the hikers and horse people.
If Evans supports denying the majority of Americans access to their own lands, then say it that way. Don’t pretend that you are concerned about the fishing or hunting. What a laugh that is.
JAMES F. O’MALLEY
McCallister’s column makes science fun
Professor Gary McCallister’s column, “Simply Science,” is a breath of fresh air in an era of contentious political verbiage. His clarity of thought, humorous writing style, practical information and insight about science is a reminder to all of us that science is everywhere and it is fun. Many thanks.
DICK and MARTY ARNOLD