Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I just noticed in browsing the Post Independent website a “Green” category under the “News” heading, so I have decided to make a timely contribution for your consideration.
It was recently announced that Solyndra LLC of Fremont, Calif., is filing for bankruptcy and laying off 1,000 workers after receiving a half-billion dollar federal stimulus loan.
This is a company that was touted by the Obama administration to become the “poster child for government investment in green technology.”
Back in May 2010, President Obama made a highly publicized photo op and motorcade visit to the company, during which he told employees that the “incredible, cutting-edge solar panels being manufactured there were testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and, most importantly, the best workers in the world.”
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The “bests” of ingenuity and dynamism, universities, technology, and workers to which Obama refers are true – but not because of government-sponsored failed programs.
We are best because of a private enterprise system that creates positive results by allowing for creativity through individual investment, productive effort and intelligent risk management.
Will more green technology stimulus investments be part of Obama’s much publicized job plan that now has become a priority following his vacation?
This letter is in regard to the news that the Garfield District 16 School Board is proposing to ask property owners to approve an override of TABOR to the tune of $3.5 million for a tuition-free kindergarten, building energy improvements and an extra $1.2 million for the district’s general fund.
This is the same board that gave bonuses to all its employees and a $50,000 bonus to the superintendent this year.
In addition, they pushed through a large tax increase in order to build a multimillion dollar middle school to service the needs of the transient energy employees who have now left the area. The school is now being underutilized because of the lack of students, yet the taxpayers are stuck with the cost of maintaining it. The existing schools could have been expanded to take care of the “boom” problems.
The board is proposing to do away with student fees for all extracurricular activities as a way to “give back for the increase in property taxes.” This is a blatant act of discrimination against the taxpayers whose students do not participate in these activities and taxpayers who have no students in the schools. I think this could be construed as an attempt to bribe a select group of taxpayers to vote for the proposal.
I have seen no proposals to cut spending for the general fund. Apparently the board thinks they are immune to budget cuts in troubled economic times. The so-called savings in energy costs will be minuscule compared to the millions of dollars spent, and it is not the taxpayers’ responsibility to provide free kindergarten classes or free extracurricular activities to the students. These are the parents’ responsibilities.
This is an example of the tax-and-spend mentality of the public servants who are elected to operate our government entities. It is time to replace them and find candidates who will operate the taxpayer-funded entities efficiently and cost effectively with the funds they are entrusted with.
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