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Letters

  • Dispelling 'Big Oil' myths

    Dear Editor,

    Ned Cantwell’s recent editorial piece drove home the point that most of America cannot, will not, or does not have the time to understand the reasons for the increase in the price of oil and gasoline. Since I have had the time, I hope I can clear up a few myths.

    Myth #1: “Big Oil” is responsible for the price of oil and could choose to lower it.

    Oil is a global market; its price is determined by the intersection of world demand (increasing fast) and world supply (stagnating).

  • Trail maintenance benefits all

    Dear Editor,

    I read Mr. Cortesy’s June 18 piece, “Bikers beneficial to forests” with interest. I, too, have rarely seen anyone else doing trail work, but I know plenty of it gets done nonetheless, because without it trails would not be built nor remain usable for long.

  • When will 'good fortune' come?

    Dear Editor,

    In the June 11 edition of the Monitor, there was a big spread about the school board approving a “$40 million infrastructure-rebuilding project.” And the LAPS contractor said it was “a one-time tax increase ee then we can support this program on into the future, and with some good fortune and growth (italics added) the tax base will exceed the projected growth and we will be able to increase the amount of money that can be generated for bond sales in the future.”

  • Another outrageous decision

    Dear Editor,

    So we have another outrageous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, granting the right of Habeas Corpus to Guantanamo prisoners.

    Sen. John McCain calls it one of the worst decisions in history. Newt Gingrich calls it the worst – even worse than the Dred Scott fugitive slave law decision. The Wall Street Journal tops them both by comparing it to the recent terrorist-freeing prison break engineered by the Taliban in Afghanistan, calling the breakout “Habeas Corpus – Taliban style.”

  • We all need to accept reality

    Dear Editor,

  • An appeal to skateboarders

    Dear Editor,

    We feel that the main thing skateboarders (SBs) want is to skate board at an approved site as soon as they can – the sooner the better. On the other side of this problem are many citizens whose main goal is to protect and preserve the library site.

    We think the SBs interest in the library site is primarily because they perceive it as being the fastest path to their goal. But, that may not be the case. The P&Z decision to use the library site is being appealed; it may be the beginning of a very long process, especially if it goes to court.

  • Granting our enemies rights

    Dear Editor,

    The Supreme Court has expanded the very definition of who is an American by granting alien combatants rights under the most sacred of U.S. founding documents, the Constitution. Our highest court in the land has fundamentally changed the very meaning of “We the People” and this could have untold negative consequences for generations to come.

  • Bringing about the end of nature

    Dear Editor,

  • We love our tree!

    Dear Editor,

    With no notice to anyone in the community, half of the huge willow tree at Pion Elementary has been chopped down, reportedly because its roots are getting into the sewer system. A local plumber has volunteered to help reroute the sewer lines if it will save the tree. The other half of the tree was scheduled to go Monday.

    Students, parents and alumni throughout the community planned a gathering to keep that from happening. Some were on site as early as 6 a.m. A petition is also being circulated throughout the Pion district to help save the rest of the tree.

  • Let's avoid a permanent divide

    Dear Council Members,

    Irene Powell’s skate park location letter (June 5) seems to make a great deal of sense. It addresses most of the issues raised, with better solutions than we have now, while allowing for a rapid building of the skate park. It appears to be a good compromise that will give all parties what they want.