We're the cause of high oil prices
Andy Jackson's recent "To The Contrary" reflected the same shortsighted views that helped our nation get into the current oil crunch. The problem stems not so much from a lack of production as from excessive consumption. Where were the voices of the Andy Jacksons of our country when strategic thinkers urged conservation through higher auto efficiencies, mass transit and alternative energies? Where were they when fiscal realists proved to us that we unwisely favor the auto, energy and highway construction industries through our tax laws? Those special-interest tax laws coupled with a non-existent energy policy fed our gluttonous addiction for oil.
Mr. Jackson should know that if/when oil is extracted from our nation's shores or from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we are not guaranteed that one drop ever will be available here in America. Oil companies will own the leases, and Big Oil will sell the production on the world market. Unless we are willing to nationalize our oil industry, Big Oil has a right to sell American oil to the highest bidder, most likely China or India.
Like addicts who find their source of addiction restrained by price or supply, we cry out for more drilling. Like addicts, we need to curb the habit, not increase.
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The supply. Mr. Jackson took Congressman John Spratt to task for not solving our dilemma. But the congressman is not the culprit. We are.
Harry M. Dalton
Cooks shouldn't smoke in public
OK, so we all have our sides to the smoking and non-smoking bans for restaurants, public buildings, etc., but tell me how you feel about this. Recently, I was having a craving for the tea from a restaurant that will remain nameless, but let's just say it's on the dollar menu!
I pull up and see that one of the cooks is sitting out front smoking a cigarette. I think when you work somewhere, you should have to go way down the street around behind a tree to smoke because it just looks bad.
He is smoking in his apron that he cooks in -- right out front. So, do you think he will wash it in the laundry before he goes back to the line to work? I kind of doubt it. So, smoking in a restaurant looks to not be the only problem we have to worry about; maybe the kitchen staff needs to have a nicotine patch so they can make it through the work day without smoking in uniforms that eventually touch our food anyway!
Cuts in program are bad for students
In reference to the state funding cuts to the PASCAL program used in university libraries, I, as a Winthrop biochemistry student, am greatly troubled. Not only are these resources very helpful during the research process, they also are often required by professors. How am I to satisfy my professors' requirements and earn a respectable degree without access to the necessary materials?
I realize that some of the articles found in the program will be available elsewhere, but the articles most often needed are those that are not available.
I have personally already been affected by the cuts during research, and am worried about the future. I also fear for the incoming freshman and those further behind. They may leave the college without ever gaining the knowledge of how to use actual databases containing peer-reviewed research.
What is the world going to come to if all of our "credible" information comes from online sources?
Firefighters tried to save barn
On July 7, our family's barn off of Highway 324 burned down. We lost everything in it.
Well, we are not in Rock Hill Fire Department's jurisdiction. We have to rely on the volunteer fire departments, Oakdale and Bethesda. I just want to say thank you to Oakdale, Bethesda and Mcconnells volunteer firefighters. They do this on their own accord. They don't get paid to fight fires and they do this for others.
I can't thank each and every one of them who stopped whatever they were doing to come and try to help save what they could.
Rachel Courtney Winker