July 10, 2008: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Some things are not beyond our means

Most Americans are angry about escalating gasoline prices; however, perhaps more importantly, we are afraid. 

Sometimes, I think the American people do not even believe they are capable of solving this problem. When an editorial writer like Dale McFeatters says there are no viable solutions to lessen our dependence on oil, is it any wonder people become pessimistic and fail to make every effort to solve this pressing problem?

Escalating oil prices are our problem and it is up to us to solve it. While we sit back and expect someone else to solve the problem, nothing will get done.

Knowledge is constantly being outdated. No knowledge is secure forever. When my husband pays $4 for a gallon of gas, my security is gone and I feel pain. When someone fills up their tank with gas and drives off without paying for it, I feel even more pain. But finding a solution to a problem like this requires that we constantly make an effort to seek out new knowledge. Only the process of seeking out new knowledge will give us any real basis for the possibility of an entirely new security. We must make an effort to learn from whoever we can, whenever we can, wherever we can to solve the problems of our energy crisis. The pioneers who are the first to successfully implement a solution will profit indeed.

Do I have the answers to solve the problem of rising oil prices? Of course not. I failed every biology class I ever sat in. I know nothing of chemistry and even less about geology. I hold myself above nobody. I once passed a physics class, though. The physics teacher taught me that life does not regard inaction.

If Americans continue to accept the notion that there is nothing they can do to solve the problem of our dependence on oil, nothing will change. Moreover, we will be forced to conform to the socially acceptable standard of living where we will, in all likelihood, reach a point at which we are spending and living beyond our means.

Theresa M. Money

Vine Grove

Unrecognized progress

The 15 kidnap victims held six long years can thank the determined long-term campaign of the Colombian government, led by Alvaro Uribe for their freedom. America can thank him also. The rescue is reported to be the most serious blow ever dealt to the 44-year-old FARC terror group.

Colombian President Uribe, whose father was killed by the FARC, made the group’s defeat the cornerstone of his presidency. The past few months have seen a number of important victories of the Columbian government over the long-lived Marxist, narco-trafficking FARC.

Congressional Democrats have for a year denied a trade agreement with Colombia accusing the president of human rights violations. Uribe has done wonders throughout Colombia since he was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

Uribe is an ally of the U.S. and one of the few leaders in South America who is. He is desirous of a free trade pact that will help his country but he is denied at every request. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to meet with the pro-American capitalist Colombian head of state at his request when he was here in April 2007.

There has been much progress in Colombia in every area including human rights, but our House, controlled by liberal Democrats such as Pelosi, would rather go out of her way to meet Syrian's President Bashar Assad. Syria has been on the U.S. state sponsors of terror list since 1979, long before President George W. Bush.

Democrats David Bonior, Jim McDermott and Mike Thompson would rather go to Iraq in the run up to the invasion of that country than meet with President Uribe. Bonior was, until the last election, second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House. Now the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee is willing to meet with dictators without pre-conditions. What a party.

Sal Mancuso