With oil prices temporarily halted at the psychological $100 (per barrel) barrier Congress needs to wake up. The $100 barrier will be broken just like the $3 gas barrier. We will soon look back at $3 gas with nostalgia.
You'd think that the monetary cost of oil would be enough to spur Congress and Bush to action but they both seem intent on letting this crisis spiral out of control and take our economy with it. If that weren't bad enough more American troops will die to protect our oil supply.
Bush has aggressively fought fuel efficiency increases. He and Cheney have deliberately stalled the development of alternative fuels. His saber rattling towards Iran and his Iraq war have moved a massive amount wealth from our wallets to the coffers of Big Oil. Congress is no better. They are now debating a bill that would require a cafe standard of 35 mpg that wouldn't take effect for 13 years! With the rapid ramping up of oil prices what will gas cost in 13 years?
If there were any leaders left in D.C. or the White House they would take this crisis as seriously as war because when the oil supply gets really tight bullets and bombs will start flying and more American troops will die. For more than 30 years Congress and presidents from both parties have failed us and allowed this to turn into a crisis that threatens to bring this country and possibly the world economy to it's knees. We have the ability to start using American produced and controlled alternative energy sources. We have the ability to develop even better ones. What we lack is leadership.
In the 2008 election we need to break the back of Congress. It's a matter of self-defense.
Democrats quiet on gun rights
Which Democratic presidential candidate has mentioned gun rights during the debates? I haven't heard one! Are they ashamed to admit their party platform interprets the U.S. Constitution to mean our gun rights are only collective rights, not individual rights? Looking at the constitutions of the original states individually, it's clear that our founders meant individuals' gun rights when they framed the Second Amendment. For example, the New Hampshire constitution reads "all persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called "the Bill of Rights." They refer to individuals' rights, not collective rights of society. That's why Republicans - in their party platform - specify the Second Amendment means individuals' gun rights. Two Republican presidential candidates in particular valued the Second Amendment. They have right-to-carry permits.
What would Jesus do?
The article in Monday's Dispatch (Nov., 26) seemed to have a lot of information about winners and losers, and ended with a story about Jesus. Since we are now bringing Jesus into the local debate I can only ask how Christian it was to stand in front of the school board and insult them. People who thought they were going to be saving money on taxes will now be spending money to transport their children to school, will now be paying for day care because all day kindergarten will no longer be available, will have to pay for their child to participate in sports (if there is a program to take part in), will no longer have as many AP classes to chose from so their children will not be able to save money on college credits, among other expenses that will now come out of pocket. Ever hear of the stories in the Bible that refer to a rich man, a camel, and the eye of the needle. Or the story about the widow who gave her last coin. The Jesus I know would want us to be more concerned about our community then ourselves or our wallets. As for the winners, are these the kids that won't be able participate in sports because they don't have the money. The kids that don't have fathers and now won't have a coach to fill that gap. The kids that will now be walking to school in the winter cold. We may have walked two miles to school when we were younger, but most of us want to provide better for our children then we had it.
Stop reading the obituaries
I moved here to marry Gary Bock. After retiring, I did some nanny work so I also had to give up my little children to move here. I did not realize how much I would miss my kids and grandchildren. On Sunday mornings while reading your paper there was a article that featured a little girl age 5 .She wanted to cook, bake cookies, fish, loved animals and just needed to have a loving person that would be consistent. It sounded like she needed a grandma. I didn't think Kinship would want me because of my age. "Lo and behold" they loved to have Grandmas and Grandpas. I filled out an application and was approved. I met the "new love of my life" in March of this year. I am so glad she found me. I cannot tell you how happy my husband, "Farmer Gary" (her name for him) and I have been. It is like a special blessing to our marriage and something we can look forward to each day. I have donated for years to children's programs but never had the opportunity to meet the kids. I now believe that love for our country and ourself must start with love for our children at home. My plea is for us older people to stop reading the obituaries, get up out of our chairs and bake some cookies, share a craft, pet some animals go fishing , whatever it takes to love a child and let a child love us!
Call Kinship and show them that you care.
Where are the low gas prices?
Remember in 2006 when U.S. House Speaker Pelosi promised to reduce gasoline prices if we would put Democrats in charge of Congress? After the election, endless hearings were held by the new Democratic Congress trying, without success, to force oil company executives to admit to price gouging in gasoline pricing.
I heard on the radio last week that gasoline prices are 86 cents higher than they were last Thanksgiving. Please, Mrs. Speaker, no more promises - I can't afford them.
What is wrong with this picture?
Schools closing, teachers being laid off and support staff losing their jobs. In the same paper county employees getting a raise. They already make twice as much as a teacher and most of the rest of us in Crow Wing County. It all comes out of the taxpayer's pocket and we should get a chance to vote on it as we did the school referendum.
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