Printed letters, August 5, 2011

Over the past several months, Bill Grant has praised President Barack Obama and Ken Salazar for their handling of the Gulf oil spill and for removing some areas in Utah from energy exploration. They handled the spill like the amateurs that they are. We can’t drill, but we are supposedly working toward energy independence.

We heard that from Jimmy Carter, the second-most inept president that we have had. Obama moved him into second place. Is that the “change” Obama talked about?

Grant’s praise of green energy is more perception than reality. We are years from making solar and wind a viable replacement for fossil fuels.

Yes, we need to work on these green energy items with research, but let’s be honest about the cost and how long it could be before they will really supply enough to make an impact. Remember, you can’t have green energy without mining for the rare-earth elements that are needed to produce the wind generators and solar panels.

Wind power in Colorado isn’t that effective because, when they quit generating power, the gas-fired generators restart. The restarting of these generators causes more pollution than what was saved by using the wind power, so the environment would be better off just starting these generators once and leaving them to run. Besides, windmills are ugly and are mostly made in China because they have the rare-earth elements to build them.

Agriculture uses a lot of fossil fuels to produce our food supply. There aren’t any solar/wind-powered tractors and other equipment on the way to produce our food. Natural gas is used in manufacturing fertilizer also.

JOHN JUSTMAN

Fruita

‘Wealth builders’ care only about preserving money

Based on his July 20 letter to the editor, Hans Croeber has little use for history more recent than the 1930s. Either that or, like many Republicans, he refuses to acknowledge recent historical fact.

Since President Ronald Reagan first exploded our deficit and debt in the 1980s, we’ve been regaled with many variations on the trickle-down theory, once correctly characterized as “voodoo economics.” Each of these attempts has promised that if we reduce taxes and regulation on the “wealth builders,” the benefits will eventually reach the masses of folks who actually do the work for these wealth builders.

After 30 years of this fruitless baloney, I think most rational people can discern self-serving myth from cruel reality. The poor “Forgotten Man” (aka “wealth builder” or “job creator”) may be creating wealth for him or herself and jobs in other countries. But the record, especially of the latest 2000-2008 experiment, is that neither jobs nor wealth were created in this country for the vast majority of forgotten men and women, particularly those of color.

The record is also clear that most of Croeber’s poor victims of “stifling liberal government economic policies and regulations” manage to shelter income in foreign countries and evade more taxes than they pay,

Deregulation was de rigueur during the second Bush administration. And what was the result? The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the topic of the Amity Shlaes “epic” that so enchants Croeber.

Shlaes may be a highly intelligent and accomplished individual, but I have also found her referred to as “revisionist” and accused of using misleading statistics to make her case. The definitive study of economics in the ‘30s was actually done by MIT economist E. Cary Brown.

All the bluster cannot cloud the fact that, once again, the actual forgotten folks who have lost jobs and homes are being asked to subsidize the mythological wealth builders, whose singular concern appears to be preserving their own wealth at all cost.

MICHAEL R. MARQUARDT

Whitewater

Name-calling turns reader away from Republicans

This is in response to Josh Penry’s column on adults. I am a registered Republican and I’m leaning toward being an independent. Why?

I am sick of the name-calling and the finger-pointing that passes as political debate. I thought Penry a hope for the Western Slope, but it appears that his time in Denver has turned him into a typical party hack. His insulting tone, calling someone a jerk, is what I would find in the school yard, not an adult conversation.

He and other columnists are part of the general problem of incivility when it comes to political speech these days. Quoting one of the people who stole my party, “Thanks a lot, jerk.”

PETER SICHELSKI

Whitewater

GOP must answer: Where are the jobs?

I have some questions for Rep. Scott Tipton. First, where are the jobs?

Second, why can’t Republicans get together on a realistic plan? You were elected to represent. No Republican has offered even one jobs bill.

Where are you? Step to the plate. It’s about jobs.

JOHN A. IJAMS

Grand Junction


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