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Letters to the Editor

June 04, 2010

Environmentalists had it right



To the editor:

I am quite used to the grotesque fabrications that venomous conservative commentators often present to the public as political truth.

But Charles Krauthammer's assertion that environmentalists are responsible for the Gulf oil spill must, by golly, be the most blistering nonsense I have heard so far.

Environmentalists have always been - and still are - against any off-shore oil drilling anywhere. Yes, they are resigned to the fact that oil drilling in the Gulf is an unpleasant reality that cannot be changed anymore - but to portray that as "endorsing" BP's deep sea drilling endeavor is a vicious misrepresentation.

No, it was BP's choice to drill for oil in the Gulf and it did so for one and only one reason (as Krauthammer so keenly noticed): Self-interest.

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It is similarly absurd to blame the Obama administration for the oil spill. Just consider, if even the praised experts at BP could not prevent or stop the oil spill, how much less would our incompetent government agencies have been able to do so?

But I agree, there is one thing that the Obama administration could have done to prevent the disaster: Namely, to not give BP permission to drill there at all. Oh, wait, that was the Bush administration ...

This kind of disaster is exactly what environmentalists have been worried about all along. They told us so, but we were too arrogant to listen.

It is impossible to make a complex technical system like an oil drilling platform 100 percent safe. And 99.99 percent safety simply means: An accident will happen - not possibly, not probably, but with certainty - given enough time.

But maybe something good can come from the Gulf oil spill.

America doesn't need to be dependent on petroleum. The technology to create alternative fuels from renewable sources has been around for decades - all we need to do is use it.

Hans K. Buhrer
Smithsburg




Long in coming, diploma was a joy



To the editor:

On May 20, 2010, after 65 years, I was presented with my high school diploma from the Greencastle-Antrim High School.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Greencastle-Antrim secretary, Debbie Timmons, and the rest of the staff and faculty for the kind treatment afforded my family and myself. Their actions bring great credit to themselves and the Greencastle-Antrim High School in which they serve.

I also wish to thank Jesse Herman who escorted me from the office to the auditorium and assisted me with my cap and gown, plus those students who assisted my family to their seats, and to the rest of the students who gave me a standing ovation as I walked across the stage to the podium where Ed Rife presented me my diploma.

In closing, I wish to acknowledge the actions of all people involved as I stood there with tears of joy streaming down my face, and I will always remember the diploma and the kind treatment I was given that day. I would like to congratulate all the students for the much deserved awards they received.

Robert Allen (Addie) Goetz
Greencastle, Pa.

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