January 6, 2011
Some goals in new year
I was told New Year’s resolutions, on average, last about 18 days.
It seems I’ve always had some in the back of my mind – never in the front.
Close to Nowhere
Do you make resolutions for the New Year? I kinda do and I kinda don’t. Doesn’t matter either way, I certainly don’t keep them long!
How do you be a better person if that’s what you resolve? Promise not to do bad things?
Actions taken in Congress during lame duck session
Action during the Lame Duck
During the final weeks of the year when most Americans were focused on preparing for Christmas, Congressional Democrat leaders rushed to jam through a number of liberal priorities.
Letter To The Editor
Rising gas prices:
An editorial of your 30 December issue commented upon the rising price of gasoline. Higher gas prices are a problem for everyone, especially those on fixed incomes, since the government has seen fit to compute the inflation index on which cost of living increases are computed — without food or fuel prices (both of which are rising rapidly).
The writer then said that no one could figure out why the price of oil was rising, and offered the possibility that the oil companies needed some more profit.
That statement is a sorry comment on the state of economic education in this country, and a monument to the effectiveness of anti-business propaganda. There is only one reason that gas prices are going up. Demand is going up. The economic crash of 2008 put a serious damper on demand.
Today, the economy is having some struggling success at recovery. When merchandise is moving, the trucks that haul it are using fuel. More airline travel means more fuel use. More synthetics manufacturing means more oil use. Factories, power plants, transportation, the whole economy runs primarily on oil. Demand in the U.S. is nearing its pre-recession level, and demand in Asia is much higher than it was in early 2008.
When more people want to buy something, its price has to go up unless one can find a way to increase the supply to keep up with the demand.
In the U.S., we are doing everything we can to reduce supply while the worldwide demand increases. Prices are going to rise.
If we would drill for oil in this country we would create a lot of well-paid jobs, reduce (or eliminate) our balance of payments deficit, and lower the world price of oil all at the same time.
Instead, our government discourages oil production, insists on burning food in automobile engines (increasing the price of food and reducing engine life), and holds out fantasy hopes for solar and wind power.
If we could restrict worldwide oil production until the price of gasoline reached five or six dollars a gallon before taxes, those “clean” energy sources might be economically viable. That will take a long while however, because, while we restrict oil production, China is looking for the stuff everywhere. Perhaps someday we can buy our oil as well as our clothing from China.
Very truly yours,
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
George Frayser from fourth tour of dutyImmanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Chad Bowman, Afghanistan
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
Frederick D. Brown, Army, Afghanistan
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
Wesley Crutcher II, Afghanistan
John Davis, Army, Iraq
John Westley Day, National Guard, Iraq
LaCourtney Ellis, Army, Afghanistan
Battle Ewing, Army, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Sammie Ivy, National Guard, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Robert Jordan Jr., Army, Iraq
Scott King, Navy, Afghanistan
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
James Light, Army, Afghanistan
Tanya Martin, Air Force, Iraq
Jessie Mills, National Guard, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Candace L. White, Army, Afghanistan
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
John Snow, Army, toured two times in Iraq;
now serving his second tour in Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stewart Skelton, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
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