Printed letters, Sept. 9, 2011

On a recent trip to Alaska, I learned of the fable of the Dall sheep and the wolves. The Dall sheep population was in serious decline and wolves were being blamed. A study was commissioned and it was determined that the wolves were not the cause, but in fact actually strengthened the health of the sheep population by thinning out the old, lame and ill. The decline in the sheep population was attributed to disease and exceptional weather.

Fortunately, and surprisingly, government officials decided to do nothing and the sheep population soon rebounded. The sheep and the wolves were all very content, but the government bureaucrats were quite frustrated because they were unable to develop an expensive government program to “save” the Dall sheep population.

There is a valuable lesson here for government bureaucrats, if they are able to recognize it. Most of us would be better off if they simply left us alone to solve our own problems. As always, Thomas Jefferson’s wisdom reaches out to us from the past, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.”

We must exercise our constitutional responsibility to resist this administration’s intrusive big government policies or we are certain to read in the near future the fable of Obama and the Lost Republic.

HANS CROEBER

Montrose

Americans want objective, clear-thinking politicians

I don’t understand how Josh Penry — who reportedly is working with the oil and gas industry to help them navigate through oil and gas regulations — is given an audience for what I view as his weekly disrespectful, anti-Democratic and immature rant.

Is there a bipartisan bone in his body? I think not and I’m not a Democrat.

Regardless of affiliation, Americans want objective, clear-thinking, mature people and politicians who represent all Americans. Research has to be totally ignored to do otherwise. Singing to the choir in our Republican county is very easy.

Basic psychology 101 says that if you are negative, use name-calling and are adversarial by approach, the problem(s) lies as much with the messenger. Enough is enough already.

TOM KELLEY

Grand Junction

Meis’ whine about roads deserves little sympathy

Concerning The Daily Sentinel’s recent headline regarding Craig Meis: I must admit I know how Meis feels. He’s probably almost as angry as I was last spring returning from a trip out of town to find an empty parking lot at East Gate Shopping Center and a sign saying City Market was closed.

I am surprised, though. Surely Meis understands that sales tax comes with sales. An empty store generates no sales, therefore, no sales tax. So now we read that Meis and the other commissioners are considering an increase in the sales tax in the east area to cover the problems? I don’t think so.

If Meis can exempt or lower taxes for businesses, can you not lure a business into an area with an exemption?

Also, my sympathy got a little thin when I read Meis’ whining about good, safe and lasting (no potholes) roads for some new schools.

How long until elections?

VERNA POTTORFF

Grand Junction



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