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Letters to the Editor

May 04, 2008

Stop complaining, start fixing the energy problem



To the editor:

While Americans constantly complain about the unrelenting increases in gas prices, I see little movement to dramatically employ American oil to increase the supply of oil and break the price fixing of the Middle Eastern oil cartels.

We simply sit and complain about high gas prices, while U.S. oil deposits in the Gulf of Mexico are waiting for us to tap its billions of barrels of oil reserves. As we complain, China and Cuba may be side drilling and siphoning away our reserves in the gulf.

We simply sit and complain about high gas prices, while ANWAR's oil fields are waiting for the complaining Americans to tap its billions of barrels of oil reserves.

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We have allowed the Earth First groups to block the building of any new oil refineries in the past 30 years, while we bring tankers of oil from the Middle East to the U.S.

We have allowed the EPA to mandate custom blends of gasoline by geographic area of the U.S., making it difficult to provide fuel when refineries are down for maintenance.

We have embarked on energy independence to convert food into fuel, utilizing more energy to create new biofuel than the biofuel yields.

We have subsidized companies and farmers to create these biofuels, utilizing food commodities that in turn are causing dairy, bakery and meat prices to escalate at unprecedented rates.

We have allowed the Earth First groups to employ scare tactics that have blocked the construction of new nuclear energy plants in America while France generates 80 percent of its energy by nuclear energy - though American nuclear submarines have safely circled the earth for the past 50 years without incident.

It is time for America to act:

1. It is time for us to drill for our own oil in the Gulf of Mexico and ANWAR, and tell the Middle East that we can do very well without its outrageously priced oil. Maybe they will then adopt more reasonable world prices if we show some ingenuity and initiative.

2. We need to build several new oil refineries to convert our oil resources to fuels and petroleum products now.

3. We need to stop the use of custom fuel blends, which creates shortages and higher prices all too often.

4. We need to stop corporate welfare and allow the market to find alternative energy sources. Industrial solutions must stand on their own merit; the market forces of supply and demand will prompt solutions that do not require subsidies that presently convert our food into fuel.

The recent discovery of an untapped reservoir of natural gas more than a mile beneath Pennsylvania and the movement of businesses to develop this find are encouraging.

5. We need to immediately start construction of nuclear power plants, utilizing France's central engineering planning, rather than the American custom design of each power plant.

Without these actions, we will continue to be hit with a declining dollar, outrageous food prices and outrageous fuel prices.

John H. Pilla
Fayetteville, Pa.




Respect our rural life



To the editor:

As an individual who has been a rural landowner in Washington County for more that 40 years, I have observed many changes in the mindset of some of the more recent arrivals to the rural life style.

I am constantly amazed by individuals who move into a rural, mostly farm and woodland environment, then complain about the normal rural activities that have taken place where they now live since before there was a United States of America, let alone a Washington County, Md.

In particular, I am confused and somewhat annoyed by individuals who choose to move to and live in agricultural and wooded areas and then find it necessary to complain about normal farm smells, such as manure, normal farm events, such as the occasional animal on the road, normal farm equipment movements and noise and normal and traditional rural activities such as hunting.

People who do not appreciate and enjoy the true rural lifestyle and our American heritage do have the option to move into homes, townhouses or condos within the limits of any city so that they may enjoy the serene noise, air and crime pollution of the city. They may prefer what city life has to offer over what the traditional lifestyle and the great american traditions of rural America have to offer! Where we live is our individual choice and I think that people should live where they feel most at home and comfortable. The country is simply not for everyone; but if you choose to live there, you need to learn to accept the realities of country life.

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