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Letter: Religion and economics don’t mix

December 25, 2015
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Editor:

I am a longtime customer of Gemini and reader of the Grand Rapids Business Journal. I was disappointed in your decision to print Dr. Brad Stamm’s economic piece as it was written in the Dec. 14 issue (“Economic problems don’t always have economic solutions”).

It is certainly interesting to know history and how a city was built economically. Attempting to gain prosperity via tradition is very short-sighted. The beer industry may be new to our business community and not welcomed by those who don’t purchase its products; however, this new industry is providing employment and tax revenue that are fundamental to economic stability.

Dr. Stamm made several good points in his article; however, he chose to bring religion into it. Economics is a branch of knowledge or science relating to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services and the analysis of commercialism, as well as financial causes and effects within a society. It has nothing to do with religion. At academic institutions, religion is merely a topic of study, just like biology, and is unrelated to economics and business. Using religion to explain an economic or business analysis would be like stating that businesses need to be managed by people who are vegetarians; it’s just not relevant.

The article was a disservice to your readers and a demerit for the GRBJ from the professional business community, who may make up a large portion of your paying customers.

I encourage you to pursue special articles from knowledgeable experts who are authentically objective, and who keep their personal beliefs out of scientific theory and explanation.

Dan Clark

President, Dahti Inc.

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