Letters published in the Times

Letters published in the Times

There are 11 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jul 21, 2008, titled Letters published in the Times. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

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bAtMaN

El Paso, TX

#1 Jul 22, 2008
Roger Menendez made an irrelevant and irreverant remark. Obama is not saying that he will change water into oil. What a dumb thing to say. Here's what Business Week reported [June 20, 2008] on the alleged "gospel truth" about gas prices:

"Unfortunately, the oil market is far more complex. For one thing, oil production requires enormous investment, and companies such as ExxonMobil (XOM), BP (BP), and Chevron (CVX) won't start major new projects until it is clear the project can be profitable. Any new domestic supply would take nearly a decade to tap. Moreover, much of the change in oil markets in recent years has come more from trading than fundamentals. Investors have poured vast sums into commodities, driving prices higher and causing many people to blame rampant speculation for the surges."

"In other words, the President's proposals cannot have a significant short-term impact on oil prices, and only a questionable effect in the long run.'It's five months before Americans go to the polls, and both parties are trying to come up with a solution,' says Stephen Schork, an energy consultant in Villanova, Pa., and editor of The Schork Report, a daily energy newsletter.'But there's no realistic near-term solution either party can offer.'"

It is clear that the letter written by Mr. Menendez is filled with a lot of hot air---no water or oil.
bAtMaN

El Paso, TX

#2 Jul 22, 2008
Here's something for persons to read who support either Obama or McCain.

[[This was written by Professor John "Juan" Ricardo I. Cole (born October 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico). He is an American professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan. As a commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, he has appeared in print and on television, and testified before the United States Senate. He has published several peer-reviewed books on the modern Middle East and is a translator of both Arabic and Persian. Since 2002, he has written a weblog, Informed Comment]]

McCain keeps boasting about being "right" about the "surge" and saying Obama was "wrong."

Look, it is more important that McCain was consistently wrong. He was wrong about the desirability of going to war against Iraq. He was wrong about it being a cakewalk. He was wrong about there being WMD there. He was wrong about everything. And he was wrong about the troop escalation making things better. The casualty figures dropped in al-Anbar, where few extra US troops were ever sent. They dropped in Basra, from which the British withdrew. Something happened. Putting it all on 30,000 extra troops seems a stretch. And what about all the ethnic cleansing and displacing of persons that took place under the nose of the "surge?" McCain has been wrong about everything to do with Iraq. And he is boasting about his wisdom on it!

July 22, 2008

“Proud Skeptic!”

Since: Feb 08

El Paso

#3 Jul 22, 2008
bAtMaN wrote:
Roger Menendez made an irrelevant and irreverant remark. Obama is not saying that he will change water into oil. What a dumb thing to say. Here's what Business Week reported [June 20, 2008] on the alleged "gospel truth" about gas prices:
"Unfortunately, the oil market is far more complex. For one thing, oil production requires enormous investment, and companies such as ExxonMobil (XOM), BP (BP), and Chevron (CVX) won't start major new projects until it is clear the project can be profitable. Any new domestic supply would take nearly a decade to tap. Moreover, much of the change in oil markets in recent years has come more from trading than fundamentals. Investors have poured vast sums into commodities, driving prices higher and causing many people to blame rampant speculation for the surges."
"In other words, the President's proposals cannot have a significant short-term impact on oil prices, and only a questionable effect in the long run.'It's five months before Americans go to the polls, and both parties are trying to come up with a solution,' says Stephen Schork, an energy consultant in Villanova, Pa., and editor of The Schork Report, a daily energy newsletter.'But there's no realistic near-term solution either party can offer.'"
It is clear that the letter written by Mr. Menendez is filled with a lot of hot air---no water or oil.
So we should not pursue a means to supply our own energy needs in the future just because it won't help "right now"? A very narrow minded approach, I would say. Had we begun drilling new fields 10-15 years ago as was requested that oil would be helping today. New domestic oil production will not solve our energy problems, but it will help and it is foolish to eliminate options just because they won't immediately "fix" things. We need to develop alternative sources of energy (wind, solar, nuclear, etc) at the SAME time as continuing to explore and produce new domestic oil fields so we can gradually wean ourselves off foreign fuel.
TV or not TV

El Paso, TX

#4 Jul 22, 2008
Have letter writers and/or Times editors forgotten about pronoun/noun "agreement?" The last letter has this (and another similar) sentence: "Hold the door for women, whether it is your girlfriend, friend, sister, mother, or a complete stranger." It should say "Hold the door for a woman..." Also, a woman is not "it." A woman is a "she." Whatever happened to caring about correct grammar usage?
bAtMaN

El Paso, TX

#5 Jul 22, 2008
It is understandable that GoodFencesMakeGoodNeighbors wants more oil to help out with energy needs (and there is no denial that this nation will always need petroleum), but it is narrow-minded to perpetuate the dangers by continuation of old ways, and that is, using oil (whether domestic or foreign)---or any form of fossil fuels that will continue to add to Global Changes happening before our eyes. Kilimanjaro is almost snowless. Ice caps are disappearting. All very quickly. We must end, not perpetuate our addiction to oil. This is bad news for billion-dollar profit-making petroleum companies, but the Earth is "telling us" that enough is enough, but "enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world's energy needs for a full year....Enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of US electricity demand. Geothermal energy, similarly, is capable of providing enormous supplies of electricity for America. The natural energy resources of this planet are tremendous and largely untapped. Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years." You may not like the messenger, but the message is true and not narrow-minded. We must wean ourselves off of all oil...FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC! ASAP.
Arden

El Paso, TX

#6 Jul 22, 2008
I can open my own door, thank you very much.
not quite

San Antonio, TX

#7 Jul 22, 2008
bAtMaN wrote:
It is understandable that GoodFencesMakeGoodNeighbors wants more oil to help out with energy needs (and there is no denial that this nation will always need petroleum), but it is narrow-minded to perpetuate the dangers by continuation of old ways, and that is, using oil (whether domestic or foreign)---or any form of fossil fuels that will continue to add to Global Changes happening before our eyes. Kilimanjaro is almost snowless. Ice caps are disappearting. All very quickly. We must end, not perpetuate our addiction to oil. This is bad news for billion-dollar profit-making petroleum companies, but the Earth is "telling us" that enough is enough, but "enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth every 40 minutes to meet 100 percent of the entire world's energy needs for a full year....Enough wind power blows through the Midwest corridor every day to also meet 100 percent of US electricity demand. Geothermal energy, similarly, is capable of providing enormous supplies of electricity for America. The natural energy resources of this planet are tremendous and largely untapped. Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years." You may not like the messenger, but the message is true and not narrow-minded. We must wean ourselves off of all oil...FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC! ASAP.
sounds good on paper. very idealistic, but not very practical. look around you, there are vehicles everywhere. they won't run on wind or solar power with any technology that we have so far. any large shift or change in the economy would also hurt a lot of people. of course, over time, things tend to self-correct - so it's going to take time and it will be a slow and gradual process to get weaned off of fossil fuels completely. the most practical near-term (not short-term) goal should be to wean off foreign oil, but we'll still be using domestic oil for quite some time to come, so i hope our domestic companies start putting some more of their profits back into upgrading and expanding their capabilities.
not quite

San Antonio, TX

#8 Jul 22, 2008
TV or not TV wrote:
Have letter writers and/or Times editors forgotten about pronoun/noun "agreement?" The last letter has this (and another similar) sentence: "Hold the door for women, whether it is your girlfriend, friend, sister, mother, or a complete stranger." It should say "Hold the door for a woman..." Also, a woman is not "it." A woman is a "she." Whatever happened to caring about correct grammar usage?
chill dude. not everything is edited for correct grammar, nor should it be. some of this country's most colorful and memorable phrases and sayings would make King James roll over in his grave!

Since: May 08

San Antonio, TX

#9 Jul 22, 2008
We don't need no stinking grammar... we don't need no stinking libraries (right Steve Ortega?)... We don't need no stinking rules period... Give us a law (immigration, dumping in the desert, homicide - in Juarez - Ju' kidding me?) and we will blithely ignore it, en route to making your country as big of a sh!t-hole as the one we just left...
bAtMaN

El Paso, TX

#10 Jul 24, 2008
not quite wrote:
<quoted text>chill dude. not everything is edited for correct grammar, nor should it be. some of this country's most colorful and memorable phrases and sayings would make King James roll over in his grave!
This is a good argument only for fools. WE MUST THINK IN ALTERNATIVE WAYS AND STOP ALL FOSSIL FUELS...NOT JUST GRADUALLY. A CONSENSUS OF LIVING PROOF IS BEORE US THAT WE MUST NOT CONTINUE TO BE STUCK IN THE OLD ARGUMENT THAT WE CAN'T MAKE SPEEDY CHANGES. IN FACT, THERE IS MORE AND NOT LESS MONEY TO BE MADE BY CHANGING TO ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF ENERGY. IT MAY EQUAL OR EXCEED GIVING A BOOM TO THE ECONOMY THAT COMPUTER/SILICON PRODUCTS DID. LOOK AT WHAT JAPAN (AND INDIA!) IS DOING WITH ITS AUTO INDUSTRY. IT IS A WEAK AND DANGEROUS ARGUMENT TO SAY WE CAN'T WHEN WE MUST!

“Proud Skeptic!”

Since: Feb 08

El Paso

#11 Jul 24, 2008
bAtMaN wrote:
<quoted text>
This is a good argument only for fools. WE MUST THINK IN ALTERNATIVE WAYS AND STOP ALL FOSSIL FUELS...NOT JUST GRADUALLY. A CONSENSUS OF LIVING PROOF IS BEORE US THAT WE MUST NOT CONTINUE TO BE STUCK IN THE OLD ARGUMENT THAT WE CAN'T MAKE SPEEDY CHANGES. IN FACT, THERE IS MORE AND NOT LESS MONEY TO BE MADE BY CHANGING TO ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF ENERGY. IT MAY EQUAL OR EXCEED GIVING A BOOM TO THE ECONOMY THAT COMPUTER/SILICON PRODUCTS DID. LOOK AT WHAT JAPAN (AND INDIA!) IS DOING WITH ITS AUTO INDUSTRY. IT IS A WEAK AND DANGEROUS ARGUMENT TO SAY WE CAN'T WHEN WE MUST!
Lets start by building a nuclear power plant where ASARCO now stands.

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