Mark my words: A decade of “stagflation” is coming upon the United States. In a decade of “stagflation,” the local production of food, fuel and feed will create unimagined wealth for our local economy. Garfield County has over $100 million in cash reserves, and the Oil & Gas Mitigation Fund has a current balance of $22,660,000. These moneys are not the personal property of John Martin, Mike Samson and Ed Green. These moneys are the property of we the people of Garfield County. But what is clearly missing in the DNA of Martin, Samson and Green is entrepreneurship.Entrepreneurship is the courage from within that bravely pulls back the veil of uncertainty which hides the future from us and boldly takes a step into the future to bring us every manner of economic progress. Uncertainty over the future is a reality that binds all of humanity; entrepreneurs are those who do not fear this condition, but rather see this as an opportunity for improving the lives of others. What is absent from Martin, Samson and Green is the true grit and faith of an entrepreneur, a precise state of mind. It is the desire for a better life and the courage that it can happen if we take the right steps. It is the faith in the possibility of progress. If we lose this, we lose everything. Without the faith and courage to climb out of the economic recession, we will slip deeper and deeper into the abyss, leaving for our posterity a legacy of cowards.Reinventing the now dormant sugar beet industry into an energy beets transportation fuels industry is real, sustainable, economic development. Invest $7 million of the $22 million into a trust for the development of an energy crops farmer’s co-op in western Colorado. Invest the balance of the Oil and Gas Mitigation Fund into the general funds of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute for capital improvement projects.Martin, Samson and Green should stop kicking the can down the road.Carl Mc Williams SiltEditor’s note: John Martin and Mike Samson are Garfield County commissioners; Ed Green is the Garfield County manager.
In his Dec. 27 column, Ross Talbott asserts that “The dumbest thing we are doing as a culture is the suppression of Christianity.” He then further asserts, “The so-called wall of separation between church and state was only conceived to suppress Christianity.” He then suggests that we read Constitutional Amendment 1, which I did. I also came upon this in further research. It’s a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association dated Jan. 1, 1802. “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.” Quite frankly, I will take Jefferson’s interpretation over Mr. Talbott’s.Mr. Talbott then further asserts that our legal system is based on the Ten Commandments. This is a fallacy of the first rank. We are a secular democracy, governed by the rule of law, not religion. I believe it would be in Mr. Talbott’s best interest to read the Bill of Rights again, as well as the writings of our founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson.Jim WolfGlenwood Springs
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