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Posted: Sunday, June 20, 2010 3:15 am

OIL SPILL: Washington lacks business knowledge

What do you do when you have a water leak from a broken pipe in your house causing water damage to your house and possibly your neighbors? 1. You shut off the main water if possible or other shut-off valves, and 2. You call a plumber immediately to come and fix the leak! No other words or action is needed. Same corollary holds true for the Gulf spill. BP and its competitors have the experience of being the plumber, not the federal government.

BP must remain responsible for the Gulf spill and make restitution for the clean-up and those people affected (and they have publicly conveyed this). The president (not his czars) should have had hourly updates from the BP CEO and reacted with timely leadership to stop the leak. It is similar to the immigration problem, i.e., Arizona’s need/law for the federal government to SECURE THE BORDER NOW due to the massive leak of illegal aliens! There is no difference from the oil spill causing loss of jobs, etc. and the illegal aliens taking our citizens jobs nationwide. Both issues, among others, reveal the lack of business knowledge and experience of a president, his czar administration and liberal Congressional representatives. And it shows they operate using utopian ideologies.

We must continue to develop domestic drilling for our energy independence. I never hear the president or other elected officials or the media talk about the Bakken/Three Forks oil formation in North Dakota which the United States Geological Services estimates has 6.2 billion barrels of recoverable oil. That exceeds Saudi Arabia’s reserves, yet politicians play with inaction while this sits at our domestic doorstep and does not require deep sea drilling. In the meantime, let the competitive marketplace continue to develop other energy alternatives until those become as cost-effective as oil, gas and coal.

Dennis Riswold, Chandler

DIET: Must make shift to sustainable foods

As global population surges toward 9.1 billion people by 2050, western diets rich in meat and dairy products will become unsustainable, according to a recent United Nations Environment Program report (www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet).

The report was prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management, drawing on dozens of smaller studies. It notes that agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Panel concludes that, just as fossil fuels will be gradually replaced by renewable, pollution-free energy sources like wind and solar power, meat and dairy products in the world’s diet will need to be replaced by vegetables, fruits and grains. Both shifts are absolutely necessary to reduce production of greenhouse gases and consumption of natural resources and to ensure planetary survival into the foreseeable future. As Americans, we have a special obligation to lead the rest of the world in a healthful diet of vegetables, fruits and grains – a diet designed to prevent global starvation, while protecting our natural environment and safeguarding personal health. Each of us can start with our next trip to our supermarket.

David Rich, Mesa

DEFICIT: Stop the spending by electing new leaders

President Barack Obama’s spending in his first 100 days in office dwarfs all of President George W. Bush’s spending for his entire two terms in office. Now with Obama’s unsustainable path of spending, the monetary base has skyrocketed, and according to the Treasury Department, the U.S. national debt has passed $13 trillion and will hit $13.6 trillion by the end of this year. Five years from now, it’s expected to reach $19.6 trillion. This is rape of our country’s economy, and the biggest theft ever.

Obama pledged to cut both taxes and wasteful spending, and implement a responsible budget that would reduce the federal deficit. Pretending to have all the answers, he also gave big promises focused on the issue when he took office in 2009, vowed to slash federal spending by $2 trillion and to revive the faltering economy downturn.

But this year he has proposed a budget that would top $3.8 trillion.

Debt in the U.S. has grown rapidly with increased government spending on bailout plans (through huge amounts given to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG among many others), two wars, and economic stimulus packages to spur the economy and create jobs.

The Obama team’s far left ideology has moved past health care to other big government control items. Whether you are for or against the government takeover of health care passed by Congress, almost every person in America is disgusted with this out-of-control government spending, the most radical administration in our nation’s history, and politicians in general.

America’s economic disaster, through soaring budget deficits by Obama’s Marxist Communist czars and his liberal followers, is the Tea Party’s anti-spending movement cause in taking a definite opposition.

The Tea Party Express, a group that is organizing conservative rallies across the nation, is out to do something to get the deficits under control by electing new members of Congress that have the courage to say “no.”

We must stand up together and vote the traitors out of office.

This November we can empty Washington and put an end to this “nationalized Communist” government running our country.

Jack and Nineva Salley, Mesa

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