Letters to the Editor

Just accept criticism

Who can forget the "How dare you question my patriotism?" claim that was routinely used leading up to last year's presidential election? Whenever a Bush supporter had the audacity to rebut a letter or column with a different opinion, that was the liberal's standard defense. This was often replaced with "You can't deprive me of my right to freedom of speech." Mike Bence, in his letter ("Swarm's nest quickly responds to attacks," To the Editor, Oct. 14), adds a third technique.

Apparently he believes anti-Bush letters are so right-headed and reasonable that to express a different opinion is to somehow be unfair to those writers.

Like it or not, when one puts their opinion in writing and submits it for printing, the result is often another writer with an opposing opinion will rebut it. Sometimes it can be brutal, and yes, sometimes it can be unfair.

Liberals cannot claim to be exempt from critique because their opinions are so logical, pure and correct.

Face it, when you put your opinions out there, the underlying purpose is to generate thought, influence opinion, add perspective or create discussion.

- Johney R. Friar


Bush not all-powerful

There are many misguided people who have no concept of the office of the president, how our Congress works and how the business of the American government is done. These same people have repeatedly logged complaints and criticisms about President Bush and how he is running his administration.

Recently there was talk as Bush is actively encouraging the building of new refineries. This has been long overdue, but unfortunately, the fault is not the president's. The reason no new refineries have been built in 30 years is due to the horrifically crushing regulations, specifically ridiculous and deliberately counter-productive "environmental" regulations that have been foisted on this country and its business climate by liberals who only seek to cripple our nation. You reap what you sow.

Someone laughingly suggested that new oil refineries should be built on closed military bases, as if the president could snap his fingers and make this happen.

The problem with this reasoning is manifold: It would put the government in the oil business as "competition" to existing companies; many military bases are not suited for the purpose, and most notably, some Americans are far too concerned with not-in-my-backyard issues and wouldn't actually want them there. Add this to the ludicrous number of specific gasoline formulations that must be made, again thanks to the enviro-whackos, and you have a perfect storm of reasons why the cost is up and why new refineries haven't been built.

Much has been made recently of the enormous profits of the oil companies. Did anyone expect less? The petroleum business has more customers buying more oil than ever before. As most economists have already pointed out, the money amounts are due to more sales of more products, but the profit margin itself has not changed.

It's amazing how little people know when the Internet is now available at our public libraries. Those who constantly carp about the state of our country should start doing something positive about it. President Bush was duly elected by a majority for his strong defense of our nation and the willingness to do what is right, even if it isn't popular.

- Tony Rivera