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Congress should focus
on finding alternative fuels
With the public disdain for our Congress, many citizens think it is time for Congress to leave the hospital rooms, the bedrooms and stay off the playing fields of our sports games. The rooms they should invade, it seems to me and many other Americans, are the board rooms of big oil (largest profits in history), pharmaceuticals and the predatory board rooms of lending institutions.
It is time for Congress to look seriously at the possibilities of having American research institutions search for alternative fuels other than oil. This administration seems wed to the oil interests.
ó C.A. Peacock
Salisbury
What signals do we send?
The signals people of the United States send out are being read by the oil people. It seems to me that the people of this country have little ground to stand on when we walk around with a 16-ounce bottle of water in our hand at a cost of $4-$8 per gallon, depending on where you purchase that water. And yet we complain about fuel costs.
Figure it out for yourself.
A gallon equals 128 ounces. That comes to eight 16-ounce bottles of water. Eight times 50 cents ó or up to $1 a bottle, depending on where you purchase it ó equates to $4-$8 per gallon.
Gas is cheap compared to this figure. And the oil people know this.
The sadness of it all is that we can get water from our home at hardly any cost. All you need is a fancy bottle.
When the main nerve center in our economy is being invaded and our economy is under pressure from all sides, if you need a drink of water, stop at any home or business, and they will freely give you a glass of water, at no cost. It will taste the same and do the same job as before ó but the signal has already been sent.
ó Ron Sweet
Faith
Support our protectors
With all this talk about “questionable” fires and no room at the jail, I wonder how our uniformed citizens can do their jobs. The police and the firefighters need to know that the crimes can and will be punished. Our lives depend on it.
Let’s take money away from our highways and put it into our streets by providing a place for offenders and giving our protection employees a raise.
ó Margaret Myers
Salisbury

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