Oil facts distorted

April 25, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor,

“Gas prices are rising, and the Republicans are licking their chops.”

This was a headline in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal.

This article had to be talking about elected officials and not about the average everyday Republican who drives to work every day or uses gas or diesel in a business.

This is more evidence that elected Republicans are completely disconnected from their constituents, and that they blindly vote the party line, so why are most of them re-elected and sent back to Washington?

Republicans say that President Obama is causing and favors higher gas prices; this is an insane argument. President Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans know that higher gas prices are a major threat to President Obama’s re-election chances, so how could he possibly be in favor of rising gas prices?

In the discussion of gas prices and President Obama, a few facts need to be addressed.

Fact: the president, or this country actually, has very little, if any, influence or control or gas prices.

Fact: The U.S. is now producing more oil than ever before in history.

Fact: The Republicans say we can become energy independent by drilling more oil wells in the U.S.

Fact: The United States has 2 percent of the world’s known oil reserves, so as long as we are almost totally dependent on oil for energy, energy independence is a pipe dream, regardless of who is in power in Washington.

Fact: Oil that is produced in the United States is not directly used in the United States. This oil goes on the world market and we buy oil from the world market. We do not buy oil directly from Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia or any other country, so with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, we have very little influence on the worldwide supply of oil and consequently, very little influence on the cost of oil world wide.

Fact: If this country is ever to be energy independent, we will have to rely on some source of energy besides [auth] oil.

So if the Republicans blame President Obama for high gas prices, they are either ignorant of the facts or are deliberately lying.

Randle S. Easley


Case should be judge on facts

Dear Editor:

I have been most disturbed by recent events surrounding the alleged shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. I was not on the scene of the incident, so I will not presume to know if George Zimmerman is guilty. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were apparently not on the scene either and probably know only what is on the news.

If Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson manage to start a riot, and some innocent black people are killed, I have to wonder if these leaders might actually be glad for a chance to whip up more racial hatred. It seems they could be charged with attempting to incite a riot. Why have we not seen arrests of the New Black Panthers for putting a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman?

Young black men are killing other young black men quite frequently, and we hear little mention of it by anyone. A white man kills a black man, and black leaders are screaming for justice. We hear an unmistakable, irresponsible presumption of guilt. In our country, we have a legal doctrine of presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Did anyone demand conviction of O.J. Simpson?

I have often wondered if the prosecution in the Simpson case actually suppressed evidence that might have convicted O.J. for fear of a riot. Will a jury feel pressured to convict Zimmerman to avoid a riot? If Zimmerman is actually guilty and is convicted, might we see his conviction overturned because of excessive pretrial publicity? If it is truly a case of self defense, and it could be for all we know, will we see a situation like “To Kill a Mockingbird” in reverse?

Are there people eager to act as a lynch mob? Are these people any less guilty than other lynch mobs?

The April 8 Record had a letter that can only be called irresponsible. We need to remind that writer of the meaning of a word he used. “Prejudice” means “pre-judge.” If that letter was not prejudging, I do not know the meaning of the word.

I would like to know how Jackson, Sharpton, and the writer of that letter would feel if they somehow learned for certain that Zimmerman was legally defending himself. Would they feel ashamed?

This is further evidence, if any is needed, that racism is not the exclusive domain of white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants. Sharpton and Jackson certainly seem to be judging someone for the color of his skin. I would hate to think what they would say if an alleged shooting of a white man by a black man caused that sort of reaction among our white population.

I have been judged for my European ancestry by people of all hues who did not even know me. They certainly were unaware of my participation in civil rights demonstrations decades ago.

Another side to the issue of racism is the people I call “white apologists.” These are Caucasian people who believe they should apologize for being white and atone for the sins of their forefathers, perhaps with a bit of self-flagellation. No one of any ethnic background should feel guilty for what anyone else has done. We all have some ancestors who were wonderful people and some who were scoundrels. If you have an issue with my great-grandfather, take it up with him. If you have an issue with me, tell me.

Let’s all calm down. We are hearing conflicting stories and don’t know which, if any, are true.

Pay no attention to the immoral inciters of hate and violence, and give the legal system a chance.

Thank you,
Russell A. Scott


Helping children

Dear Editor:

Today I comforted a girl who has been so abused that she can’t even be touched. She is so afraid of pain that she jumps away when I come near her. If it weren’t for CASA there would be no one to listen to her pain, to believe in her.

On April 27 CASA will hold its 10th Make Time For Kids event at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

We are so grateful to Dr. Mike Taylor and our sponsors for recognizing the critical need to support services for abused children in this community.

This recession has brought frightening cuts to our program. We have had to cut back on visitation services and support for children of arrested parents. Still, we serve over 1,200 children a year thanks to the help and understanding of this community.

CASA is a strong program. One hundred percent of donations at Make Time For Kids will go to serve high-risk children in Chaves County. We know that, despite the severe cutbacks, this community will come out in full force to support what we do. Our volunteers will continue to advocate for their every need.

Thank you, Chaves County, for continuing to believe in us. Thank you for digging deep to keep our important work going.

For the children,

Carrie-Leigh Cloutier

Executive Director

Chaves County CASA Program

Prison business is booming

Dear Editor:

The letter by Jim Osborne on Wednesday, April 4, about the prison problem was very interesting.

It may be that the private prison lobbyists have more influence than we think. There’s big money to be made in incarcerating prisoners and the corporations that run the private prisons aren’t about to give up their profits.

What is the solution? Well, the U.S. could legalize all drugs like Portugal and empty out most prisons or they could outsource this heavy burden to Mexico. Build massive prisons in Mexico along the border states and design them to hold prisoners inexpensively (like the prison in Maricopa County, Arizona, where prisoners are housed in tents). This would help the economy of both countries. Corporations were happy to move factories from the U.S. to Mexico, so why not move the prisons over there also? Introduce legislation to allow this idea and get it done quickly.


Mike Stamm


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