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Joseph Hultquist correctly implores off-highway riders to protest the Hidden Gems’ proposed wilderness. One wonders if he and most other off-road riders in proposed wilderness areas would accept the basic industries agriculture, mining and petroleum in the same area recognizing that they couldn’t get there and be recreated there without said industries. If they are economic environmentalists, not radical environmentalists of The Sierra Club and Hidden Gems varieties, Holtquist and friends are normal sensible Americans.

Basic industries in rugged, mountainous Forest Service and BLM areas, except for shifting short-term logging, are so rare, valuable and widely separated that only radical environmentalists would object to them.

As sciences, including engineering, develop most old basic active industries will survive, some that are inactive will become productive and continue for a century or more, depleted industries will be replaced in areas where modern scientists could not recognize high production potential but future scientists will. Many basic natural resources are known today on shore and off shore, but are inactive because of past and present Democrat administrations’ radical environmental orientation.



America’s population is increasing along with improving environment. Land now withdrawn from production as wilderness, parks, monuments and the like must be opened for production.

The Sierra Club is attempting to have the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge designated wilderness, thereby making impossible the eastward extension of the great North Slope oil reserve.



Hank Brown, a former U.S. senator and University of Colorado president (2005-2008) said it is “absolutely bizarre” the industry faces hostility toward domestic energy development, considering the nation’s stringent environmental protection and the current energy crisis. He said, “I guess I am hoping we come to our senses.”

Brown refers to Colorado’s petroleum industry, but I am confident that he, being a sensible American, includes all three of America’s basic industries – agriculture, mining and petroleum.

Sincerely,

Dooley P. Wheeler Jr.

Rifle

April 15th was a banner day for the tea party folks as they gathered together to protest the tax situation the present administration has wrought. Local Betty Scranton, as well as Sarah Palin, went out of their way to inform us that we are being taxed at levels unprecedented in history.

Except for one little thing. It’s not true. Truth be told, middle-income Americans are now paying federal taxes at or near historically low levels, according to the latest available data.

That’s true whether it comes to our federal income taxes or our total federal taxes. A family of four in the exact middle of the income spectrum will pay only 4.6 percent of its income in federal income taxes this year, according to a new analysis by the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center. This is the second-lowest percentage in the past 50 years.

Middle-income households are paying overall federal taxes, which include income as well as payroll and excise taxes, at or near their lowest levels in decades, according to the latest data from the Congressional Budget Office. Bummer, eh?

Part-time ex-Gov. Palin emphatically told her minions that it took 99 days for tax freedom day, the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual tax burden. What she neglected to say was 2009 and 2010 were the earliest tax free days since 1950. Double bummer, eh?

I know the response to all this will be, “Wait until the new taxes kick in and the Bush tax cuts expire. Then we’re going to get it.” Will all of you earning more than a quarter mil/year please raise your hands. Bummer for you. A small increase coming your way. For us real people, don’t get too upset. Sorry, Sarah, your multi-millions, will take a hit. Perhaps your regular supporters can kick something in to offset your burden. Sarah Palin is just like the rest of us, only rich.

Maybe tea party organizer Betty Scranton is in the same yacht, I mean boat. Triple bummer.

Craig S. Chisesi

Rifle


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