Printed letters, July 3, 2011
GJ Pipe’s Ron Tipping was a man of his word
I saw in The Daily Sentinel that Ron Tipping has sold Grand Junction Pipe and Supply. I was one of the Redlands residents who in the 1990s were concerned about the proposed gravel pit being planned for our neighborhood by Tipping. Notwithstanding Daily Sentinel reporter Gary Harmon’s childish mockery of us, we had some valid concerns.
Now, many years of gravel-pit operations later, Ron Tipping has proved to be a man of his word. His promises have all been kept and the gravel-pit operation has been run virtually without incident, as far as I know. I am an immediate neighbor to the pit and it has been a non-issue.
Many thanks to Ron Tipping and the owners of the ranch for their excellent stewardship. Here’s hoping the new owners are equally worthy.
Motorized recreation is as good as other forms
All forms of recreation provide similar human benefits: pleasure, fun, exercise, friendship, group involvement, etc. Motorized recreation provides all the same human benefits as any other form of enjoying our lands. It is just a choice that people make as to how they like to recreate.
The main concern with the motorized recreation group is that they can do grave damage to our lands. Thus the need for awareness and more of an attitude of stewardship of our lands. This awareness can only be learned through education.
The number of people using our public lands today is growing and there is a need for all of the users to become more tolerant of each other’s chosen form of recreation. There is a growing need to learn to play together with more tolerance. We cannot deny one form of recreation over another.
A major benefit of motorized recreation is the economic contribution to the local communities, the county and the state. A recent study shows that motorized recreation has steadily increased since 2000. Registrations for off-highway vehicles increased by 145 percent between 2000–2008. There are over 200,000 registered OHVs in Colorado, paying an annual registration fee of $25.25. That’s a little over $5 million in funds coming back to the land managers to maintain and create more recreation opportunities that all users benefit from.
The study also showed that the OHV recreation business created over 10,000 jobs, as well as generating over $1 billion in revenue for the communities, counties and state of Colorado.
In summary, I think it would be wise to rethink our attitudes and address the benefits of motorized recreation and the need for more education to increase awareness of responsible recreation on our public lands.
‘Rainy day’ fund could have helped our economy
We are still deeply in a recession caused by a financial bubble centered on the housing and mortgage industries. It has been unusually severe, second only — thus far — to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In normal times, capitalism is susceptible to business downturns that involve firings, layoffs, business failures and the slowing or stopping of manufacturing production. Just one of the causes is often over-exuberant production relative to consumer demand and the buildup of unsold inventories.
There are many other possibilities, but our economic system is meant to be so-called self-correcting, although there will be pain suffered by those who had no direct responsibility in the decisions that caused the imbalance(s) that necessitated the contraction.
Those responsible say that it is a natural process and pain is a necessary part of regaining a balance. They rarely are the ones to suffer the pain.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he is going to push for a national balanced budget amendment. Think about that for a minute. We are still seeing the destruction that comes from most states being required to always have a balanced budget. When the downturns inevitably occur, cutbacks in services and employment exacerbate the downturn. On a national level it would be far more damaging.
President Obama is being excoriated for current deficit spending, most of which is required by law. If that spending hadn’t taken place, we would definitely be in a full blown, devastating depression.
If an amendment to the Constitution is necessary, both nationally and for states, it should be for a requirement for a “rainy day” fund that could only be touched under severely restricted circumstances to stop fiscal requirements that harm, not help. The current system is the equivalent of medieval bloodletting.