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Letters to the Editor published March 14, 2012
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Status quo or energy independence for USA?

Editor, Ceres Courier,

We currently have an issue where we can have energy independence, $2.50 per gallon gasoline, no new taxes, over one million new jobs and enough oil royalties paid to the government to pay off our national debt or we can maintain the status quo. I don't like the status quo.

Why do we watch tax dollars being spent on failures like Solyndra, TARP and other bailouts? Why did we not sign on with the Keystone Pipeline?

The president says there is no "Silver Bullet" but with his pen he could solve our dependence on foreign oil. He could sign off on Keystone (700,000 barrels of oil per day), open up the Gulf of Mexico ( 400,000 barrels per day) and Alaska ( 1 million barrels per day). With the royalties paid by the oil companies, approximately $18 trillion, the national debt would be paid off in 20 years.

Remember both Obama and his energy secretary have said that the United States must see what it is like to pay the same for oil that the Europeans pay. Why do we have to be the same as Europe?

Now is the time to decide: Status quo or energy dependence or $4 to $6 per gallon for gas or less than $2.50 per gallon. I vote for $2.50 or less per gallon. I like having money to go on vacations when I want and not having to worry about the price of gas.

Dale Burnham


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Obama given pass on high gas prices

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I remember when President Bush was in office and all the Democrats blamed him when the price of oil went up. I remember the Democrats saying he is helping his oil buddies.

I remember the Democrats lying about former Congressman Pombo during the campaign with signs that read Pombo + Cheney = High Gas.

Now that the Democrats have Obama as their president, they blame anyone but Obama. Democrats blame speculators and ignore the facts that 70 percent of the oil we use in America is imported from countries that hate America. We should drill for oil here and refine our own oil. Then the price of oil will go down and that is the only fact the Democrats need to know.

James Simoni,


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