Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

We must use the Earth's resources

To the editor:

Some people seem to think the worst is over, and I hope they are right, but I'm very skeptical. There appears to be very few people in government who have any concept of what has caused our problem. As a result, most government actions have had very little benefit to the overall problems; in fact many groups are working hard on projects that will hurry the breakdown of what's left of our economy.

To get down to basics, we cannot continue to spend more than we earn forever. Printing money won't solve the problems, it only postpones them. Someday there will be a day of reckoning.

We need jobs and money. What happened to them? We used to have the most

prosperous country in the world when we had the freedom to work. In our

zeal to protect the environment and protect us from ourselves we got so

carried away that we regulated ourselves out of business. To survive

economic breakdown we must recognize where money comes from. It comes

from the ground. There is no other source. New wealth is created when

we harvest the produce and resources of the Earth. This wealth is

increased when they are processed and manufactured into products more

useful and valuable to man. The new jobs and wealth goes to the retail

markets, service industries and essential services like medical,

education, protection and government, thus all jobs are supported by

products from the Earth. People don't realize it, but access and use of

the land is the most vital issue facing our country today. It is a

noble thing to save a few special places for posterity, but we should

know that no life can survive on this planet unless we use the Earth.

We must harvest its produce and resources.

If we want to turn the economy around and preserve a free and

independent nation, the government must rescind about three-quarters of

the regulations that are preventing independent Americans from

producing the necessary resources that will allow our industries to go

back to work.

Kenneth Anderson

Retired mining geologist engineer

Baker City