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Joann Sindelir: The business we built
Posted: 10/08/2012

In case you missed it in the Times-Call, here is the Opinion Article  LRW member Joann Sindelir had published on Monday, October 8, 2012:

Joann Sindelir: The business we built

I have heard so many untruths about large and small businesses in our country not "paying their fair share." As the retired owner of Sindelir Furnishings, I want to inject some truth about what my husband and I experienced during 33 years of business in Longmont.

We "paid our fair share" from the local level on up. The city of Longmont collected not only sales tax, but also "use" taxes on all equipment, from computers to forklifts. Boulder County received sales tax and property taxes (to support "open space"). The state collected workers' compensation, unemployment tax and sales tax. On the federal level, we paid 7.25 percent Social Security tax for our employees.

Our Founding Document Is As Radical Now As It Was In 1776

As we sip beer and watch fireworks this 4th of July, think of all the freedoms we enjoy: the freedom to speak our mind, to pray in a church we choose or not pray at all, to keep what we produce, to vote fellow citizens into or out of government office. No people ever have enjoyed the freedoms we have.
Further, think of all the good Americans have accomplished. They instituted the first real government authorized entirely by the consent of the governed. They provided strict protection for property rights in their fundamental law. They solved the problem of religious persecution. They ended slavery at unimaginable costs in blood and money and sacrifice.
The result of the American venture in self-government is the most prosperous, innovative, free society ever known. So while you bark at your smart phone because web pages load too slowly, or complain that your favorite gourmet cupcake shop has moved locations, think of how all these wonderful things came to be. They came because of a few simple, yet radical ideas articulated most beautifully in our own Declaration of Independence:

Look what I found!  Quoted below, un-edited, is an old document that eloquently cuts to the heart of the principles of freedom, the assaults against it, and the steps that must be taken to revive it.  I hope you’ll take the time to read it; it’s only about 3,000 words long, including all the signatures at the end.  As you read it, consider that these very words formed the foundation, along with our United States Constitution, that allows us to overthrow our ruling political party every two to four years peacefully at the ballot box. 

We will have to use some of our time and money, and we may have to endure some condescending remarks and bad press from the other party; but our very lives and fortunes will probably not be endangered – as were the lives and fortunes of the men who signed this document.  Consider also what your life would be like without this freedom and what you are willing to sacrifice to make sure that this upcoming election is not the last one in American history where the ballot box is the only weapon used.       

I’m sure you’ve heard of this document before – we call it our