Printed letters, May 24, 2011

Basic industry drives the world, drives the economy, creates jobs, creates more jobs, and keeps the country vibrant. I was looking at a small snapshot of new projects around the world and want to share a few examples.

A new copper concentrator (about $400 million) just started up in central Chile adding over 350 new jobs. A new potash project is under way in Brazil and is expected to produce over 1.5 million tons of potassium chloride by 2015. Newmont has expanded its gold mine in Ghana, Africa with a work force of over 5,000 employees. A new gold and copper project is under way is Mongolia that will employ over 1,100 people, just underground. A new platinum mine in Zimbabwe. A new $25 billion gold project for Greenstone Resources in the Philippines. A copper project in Peru valued at $2.2 billion producing 117,000 tons per day. A new nickel smelter under construction in New Caledonia. New potash projects in Canada. A new gold project in Canada.

This is just a small picture of the world around us. Did you notice the common theme and the disturbing part? There are no, none, not one, new project in the United States. No new jobs, no jobs to support the basic industry, no tax base, no growth potential. The projects around the world are first-class projects. They are environmentally responsible and support local communities. Most of the companies are American companies.

Why not here? The minerals must not be here. Not true, the United States has vast reserves of minerals and a far superior infrastructure to support the industry.

Two fundamental problems exist in the U.S. Permitting a new project is, at best, a 10-year process, and regulations completely stifle development.

If this country has real aspirations to turn around the economy, create jobs, develop a good steady tax base for schools, roads, and other services we need to address these issues. Permitting can be done much faster while remaining sensitive to environmental concerns and the right energy policy can, and will encourage investment back at home, in the United States. What happened to “Made in the USA”?



Where did Harold Camping go wrong?

I hear that Harold Camping is in seclusion right now, trying to figure out where he went wrong. Please allow me to mention a couple of ways.

First and foremost, he ignored what the Bible actually says about the return of Jesus Christ, as follows:

Jesus himself said that no one knows the day or hour (Matt. 25:13). Camping declared the day and hour, so he set himself up for failure.

Jesus will come after the great tribulation, not before (Mark 13:24-27; Matt. 24:29-31).

Camping’s website is full of unbiblical ideas. I just gave some obvious examples of where he went wrong.


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Pastor apparently does not know the Bible

Regarding the recent article on the May 21 spiritual disaster, I take issue with Pastor Mike Burr’s comment that the Lord coming on a white horse is “biblical nonsense.”

Either Burr does not know his Bible, or doesn’t believe it is the word of God that it is. Rev. 19:11 states, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”

It is very clear that the Christ will return on a white horse at the end of the tribulation. Burr should check his Bible and pray.




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