Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - August 6, 2008

We've heard Obama; now it's my turn

Obama is all rhetoric with no substance, read the recent letter from Charles Blackwell. In his letter, Charles is on target with his assessment of Obama. I must also confess that Vincent Blackwell has legitimate arguments in defense of Obama, as well.

In America, there are three political parties that seek to control our nation. I don't particularly agree with any party.

Allow me to introduce what a fourth party, called the Tisdaleian party, would represent. It would represent those productive citizens who are law abiding and whose focus is on the family. By law, both parents would be responsible for child support or face child neglect charges.

You would have to be elderly or handicapped to receive welfare or show an income of at least $12,000 a year. I call this the no-work, no-eat policy. Marriage would be one man to one woman. Everyone would be required to serve the nation in some capacity for the minimum of three years.

Death row would become death week, and every American would have to pass a personal responsibility course before being allowed to vote. There would be a flat tax law that maxes out at 10 percent. English would be the required language, and our nation would be led by the God of our constitution.

There would be no abortion for unwanted children. If you're adult enough to lie down and make one, then you're adult enough to take care of one.

To place my policy in a nutshell is simply this: The citizens of these United States are not responsible for you. That is your job. When you have exhausted all avenues, then and only then will the people be taxed for your welfare. I would effectively get rid of the nonsense that has weakened our nation. In conclusion: When a prisoner gets off my chain gang, they'll be glad to serve God. Two strikes only!

Baxter Tisdale

Rock Hill

Arctic drilling is the answer

Everyone is talking about, or I should say complaining about, high gas prices. What doesn't seem to be discussed, however, is how to solve the problem of high gas prices.

The "oil crisis" has been artificially created, at least in its current form today. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, is the worldwide cartel consisting of major oil exporting countries that not only control the amount of oil on the market but also set the prices. America is a slave to foreign oil, it is no secret. In fact, in 2007, the U.S. imported the astronomical amount of 5.394 million barrels oil per day.

It's apparent that we need to be less dependent on foreign oil, but the solution is not ethanol, nor self-righteous hybrids.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is the answer, specifically drilling the huge untapped oil field within the refuge. In 2008, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that as much as 1.2 percent of total world oil consumption in 2030 lies under the ground. That is a huge number, and I couldn't think of a more opportune time to drill our "reserves" than now. Experts say that it won't have any affect on the current oil crisis because it will take 10 years for the site to be ready to produce crude oil. ANWR has been a political football for 30 years, going back to the days of Jimmy Carter. If now isn't a good time to start, then when will it be a good time? If the U.S. had drilled for the oil in ANWR 15 years ago, some 15 years after it became a political issue, then it would strongly alleviate our current disaster at the pump.

Robert Farry

Rock Hill