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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The culprit for skyrocketing energy costs

George Foster - May 11th, 2006
We should all be outraged. The cost of heating our houses has skyrocketed, gasoline is $3 per gallon and rising, and the U.S. is now dependent on foreign oil for 60% of our energy needs. Someone needs to take the fall for this scandal but who?
How about retail gas stations, oil companies, and others in the oil industry taking some responsibility for a change. Damn those price gougers. My heating bills tripled last winter over what I had ever paid previously. Of course, after remodeling recently, I doubled the size of our house. My wife and I needed four bedrooms and three baths in case family ever visits. To compensate, we do turn off most of our lights at night in order to do our part to save energy.
Auto owners of gas-guzzlers should also take much of the blame. You all know who you are and ought to be ashamed. Admittedly, my wife and I own four cars – but only one slurps fuel at a rate under 10 miles per gallon. With 160,000 miles logged, my 3/4-ton pickup shouldn’t be counted against us - we don’t drive it every day. Our other vehicles run at 20-plus miles per gallon (I think). To support conservation efforts in this country, we are also thinking of selling one of the cars. After all, it is mathematically impossible for my wife and I to drive more than two cars at a time.
The Bush administration should receive much of the blame. We were tricked into voting an administration into office that has let the oil industry set the energy policy for our country. Okay, it is true we all knew that Bush and Chaney were former oil executives. Also, they were up-front about their view that the answer to our energy woes was to drill for more oil and gas in ecologically sensitive areas. Otherwise, how could Americans have dreamed that this administration would not embrace windmills, solar power, and all sources of alternative energy?
Auto manufacturers are maybe the most despicable of all – I also blame them. When I moved into my current residence, 15 miles from work, I purchased vehicles based on gasoline prices of about $1.25 per gallon. The auto companies didn’t even hint that prices could rise to levels that might be cost prohibitive to drive their products hundreds of miles every day. Now my wife and I are constantly filling the tanks of our vehicles for $3 per gallon. @#$%*&. Talk about selfishness, car companies know I don’t pay much attention to fuel efficiency. Yet, these criminals still try to sell me gas-guzzlers that threaten me with financial ruin.
When I finally got the picture of the looming energy crisis, I did purchase a commuting bicycle about a year ago. Ironically, I’ve been too busy driving and working to pay for our huge transportation costs. I can’t find the extra time to ride, so my lonely, new bike hasn’t been ridden once.
There is plenty of blame to go around for the high prices of fuel…hey, wait a minute. I know what you are thinking - this energy crisis is really my fault and people like me.
Did I mention that I recycle and keep the temperature in our house below 70 degrees whenever possible?
If not for progressive thinkers like you and me, this energy crisis might be far worse. But what are we going to do about less enlightened fellow citizens?
 
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