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Letters to the editor

September 26, 2005

Don't tolerate price gouging



To the editor:

This morning, Sept. 2, I spoke with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's office and suggested an action the government should take that resonated positively with his staff. Here it is:

Congress should immediately pass legislation to levy and assess all companies in the energy industry who take advantage of this disaster through price gouging by confiscating up to 50 percent of their excessive profits.

These companies (including companies in exploration, drilling, producing, refining, distributing and retailing, etc.) are making huge and excessive profits, in the billions of dollars and should be required to return a large portion of these ill-gotten profits to the Gulf Coast region to help in rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure needed to support a return to a normal way of life.

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The American public will be willing to pay higher costs for energy during this natural disaster time period if we see that the excess energy profits are going directly to assist in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.

We are not willing to "fatten" the pockets of the energy industry companies and their bloated CEO salaries through such pricing strategies and tactics!

By the way, one CEO has just reported that his company has given a paltry $5 million toward the effort. This is a laughably small sum when compared to the billions in profits they have realized each of the last several years. In fact, it is almost a slap in the face to the consumers who have been paying these excessive fuel costs charged the American public by the "U.S. Energy Cartel."

Please mobilize your resources and communicate/disseminate this message through all your media outlets so that all Americans can get involved in demanding their government take action against these "robber baron" companies and their "fat cat" executives to curtail this unwarranted and unjustified price gouging.

So let's get it on America, or as one hero is recorded as saying, on the United Airlines flight, who helped prevent the Saudi hijackers from reaching their objective, "Let's roll!"

David Peters

Hagerstown




Shamrock Inn: A bit too popular?



To the editor:

After reading the Reader's Choice selections, it appears that the paper needs a better way to screen out ballot-box stuffing. The Shamrock Inn as a historical site? And the biggest laugh of all, a source for local news? Well maybe local gossip, but news?

As for the Best Overall Business Person, drum roll please, Maureen Taylor of the Shamrock Inn? The paper does a great disservice to all the great places when ballot stuffing is the way to go. I am sure someone other then Tim Rowland could see what was happening, but only he could say it in a way to make my day. Thanks for the chance to voice my opinion.

Charlene Guessford

Hagerstown




Slow response is unacceptable



To the editor:

As Americans, we should be outraged at the slow response to the hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast area. In the past, the U.S. has responded to in an expeditious manner to devastation around the world on foreign shores, but it seems that our own do not merit immediate relief. Someone needs to be held accountable for the slow response and replaced with a leader with a vision and true concern for our fellow American.

FEMA has done a poor job in this particular disaster relief effort. The governor of Louisiana has been slow in her response to call for help.

As a result of the poor evacuation plan for the poor, we will have death counts in the thousands.

We read about this elsewhere, but we have the resources to take care of our own, but apparently some one was asleep at the wheel.

Our president has a lot of things on his shoulders today, but his directors and cabinet appointees should have not been vacationing while countless thousands of American lives are in the balance.

I compliment the governors, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the National Guard units that are offering and giving the much-needed assistance.

As a nation known for its love for God, let's pray that God will give the health and strength to these rescue workers until the job is completed in the Gulf Coast area.

If you have the ability to give, please do so and God himself will bless you for your heart of compassion.

Ron Payne

Hedgesville, W.Va.

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