Election influence a key problem
In reply to Hannah Hayes’ column “Wealthiest 5% must come to the rescue,” I agree with the comments on election influence. This external funding essentially kept the real national and state issues off-point.
With respect to taxing the wealthy, Ralph Nader is easily dismissed, since his book is a fictional fantasy. First of all, we do not tax wealth in the USA, except in the death tax. Most observers recognize that the uber-billionaires referenced here are quite adept at avoiding these taxes in addition to paying a minimal income tax. Furthermore, wealth is easily moved globally with a change of address. Bahamas, anyone? Just ask George Soros. This makes an unlikely source to rescue our poor government deficits.
Instead, we should focus on taxing and ending the exportation of American wealth. Additionally, we need tax solutions that are in alignment with a comprehensive national security and national energy policy. For example, we export hard currency to buy 65 percent of our oil. This is forecast as $10 trillion over the next 10 years. The primary recipients of this enormous transfer of wealth are unstable governments that are disdained by the Western influence it brings. This indirectly supports enemies of our state and funds terrorism across multiple continents. In this vicious cycle, we utilize trillions of dollars to mobilize and defend our interests in these regions. When does the cycle end?
The solution is a large tariff on all imported oil. Total energy costs will rise, but our national energy development will become more competitive. Don’t misunderstand; we will always have imported oil, but it is the first step toward energy independence and the retention of the nation’s wealth. The impact to our citizens is roughly equivalent to a national sales tax, which is inevitable, in any case to deal with our deficit. By reducing dependency on imported oil, this would drive our nation’s energy developments, especially alternative energy competitiveness. After all, Colorado is a net energy exporter and developer of renewable energy. What could be better for Colorado? The real question then is, where do we find a politician bold enough to take on this task and take on the GATT?
On the horns of an elk dilemma
I would like to thank Vicky Gits for a balanced article on the issue of hunting elk in Evergreen. First and foremost, Evergreen is a special place. I love having a herd of 50 come through my yard, falling asleep to them bugling during the rut, and mountain biking by a herd of 300 in Elk Meadows.
To clarify one of my quotes, while I can see “good arguments being made” by some to restrict rifle hunting in densely populated areas, I don’t believe more regulation is needed. Existing regulation is sufficient from a public safety standpoint. In response to the issues raised in Boulder, as a responsible hunter, I would hope the hunter who shot the dog was fined heavily and lost all hunting rights in Colorado. And if the bus driver’s account is accurate, he should have called the police and made sure the hunters were cited. As I was quoted in the article, you must know your target and what is behind or in front of it. Period.
Not adequately explained in the article was the need to not only manage the herd size but to keep some minimum amount of pressure on the elk to keep them from becoming further domesticated. Do we really want the only management in Evergreen to be people and their cars? Hunters are the only cost-effective way, actually revenue-positive way, DOW has to manage elk. In 2009 a woman in Troutdale was attacked, unprovoked, and sent to the ER. What happens when that is a family at the El Pinal park?