February 14 - February 21, 2007 

Kiss My Gas

My recommendation as to a major step we can take to lessen global warming: Require Al Gore, John Kerry, Bill Gates and all of the other hyper-rich liberals to stop flying around in their private jets, and take commercial common-carrier aircraft like the rest of us. Al Gore, John Kerry, et al use more petroleum, and generate more pollution, with one trip in a private jet than I will use in five years. It is the height of hypocrisy for these wealthy leftists to urge us to ride in public transportation, buy micro-electric autos ("crunchies") and otherwise limit our energy use, when they continue to fly to their multiple huge (energy-eating) homes all over the world in their oil-gulping private jets. Of course, they are the self-anointed left-wing "elites," and the rules for the peasants don't apply to them. Exactly like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics' hypocritical rulers, with their private dachas, limousines and servants. "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Tell you what--I will give up my "eeevil" 4X4 pickup when Al Gore and John Kerry give up flying in private jets and live in two-bedroom apartments.

--Pete Humm,

Mountain Home

Several weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with hundreds of scientists from 113 countries, determined conclusively that man-made greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. They predicted devastating droughts and hurricanes and extensive flooding of coastal areas, displacing millions. A report released by the United Nations in November blamed animal agriculture for 18 percent of these emissions--more than automobiles. Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from the digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

We don't have to wait for Earth Day to help save our planet. We can start with the next trip to the supermarket. Meanwhile, we can check out the details at www.veggiesforecology.org.

--Glenn Newkirk,

Boise

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Being a British national who finally committed to becoming a U.S. citizen three years ago after living in here for nearly forty years, when I read and listened to the comments of local resident Eldon Anderson on British TV, I have to wonder if I made the right choice! It would seem that Mr. Anderson represents that fringe element of American society which was aptly summed up by the title of William Lederer's classic, The Ugly American. Whether it is through arrogance or ignorance, Mr. Anderson's statement "it's a damn good thing we have heroes like him (his neighbor) in the United States to do the fighting that we've got to do against terrorists around the world. And you guys better get on board and that whole damn country of yours along with the rest of Europe" would seem to indicate that he is either not aware, or chooses to ignore, that the U.K. is the second largest supplier of troops to the "War on Terror" in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And in fact, on the day when the U.S. media was obsessed with non-stop coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death, not only was there virtually no mention of the three U.S. troops killed that day ... There was absolutely no mention of the 100th U.K. soldier to die in Iraq either. As for Mr. Anderson's vituperate nonsense ... "You are going to go merrily sucking your thumb like you did in World War II. We don't need your damn help. We need your cooperation, that's all we need out of you guys. It's hard even to get that. We know you can't shoot, move and communicate, but we'd sure as hell like to have your cooperation anyway." He seems to forget that Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany for two years and five months before America entered World War II. And if the Japanese had not attacked Pearl Harbor, it may have taken even longer. Yes, Europe is eternally grateful for what you did in WWII, just as we were in WWI, when you entered that great conflict in the last six months of the four-year war. I am sure Mr. Anderson was also totally on board with the description of the French as "cheese-eating surrender monkeys." But, if he had read his history, he would know that the French lost 240,000 troops when the Germans invaded France and none of those succumbed to a surfeit of Camembert. No doubt, he continues to order "Freedom Fries" when he buys his Big Mac. Just as when he hangs "Old Glory" outside his front door every morning, if he took the time to read the label on the flag, he would see that along with all those shiny gilded miniature flags politicians love to wear in their lapels, they are all made in Communist China. A country we are currently in debt to, to the tune of trillions of dollars, which means that if they ever decide to call in that debt and God forbid if we decide to invade Iran, Mr. Anderson can proudly fly the flag from the handlebars of his bicycle, because gasoline will be over a hundred dollars a gallon. As a Vietnam War Veteran, if that doesn't ring a few wake up bells for Mr. Anderson, perhaps he should continue sucking his thumb.

--George Parker,

Boise

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