Letters to the Editor 1-20-14

Mark Borer’s column in Saturday’s Courier regarding the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard and his arguments for supporting it did not make sense.
His claim of adding more constraints to the U.S. gasoline market by forcing more of his product (ethanol) into the U.S. fuel market will somehow lower costs to consumers is simply not correct.
Any time you add constraints to a free market, costs go up.
If it was actually cheaper for gasoline marketers to add more ethanol to fuel, they would do it! No regulations would be needed!
This is what Borer should have learned in his college economics class.
My viewpoint is not written to promote petroleum or any other type of fuel but rather to call out what Mr. Borer really wants, a government handout.
He may be correct that net farm income has increased due to the current RFS mandatory limits, but who is paying for this?
All consumers pay more both at the pump and the grocery store due to higher commodity prices. It affects nearly everything we buy. By the way, POET bio-refining has lined their pockets from these regulations too.
Our country would be better off with companies competing with a free and fair market.
Government regulations that force products into the market always increase costs to the consumers. If you support Mr. Borer’s viewpoint, ask yourself, where does it end? Be honest with readers, you and your company are asking for a handout!
Julie Roland

Americans should marry who they want! Regarding Bob Schroeder’s comments (letter, Jan. 17) on gay marriage I have one question: Why all the hate?
Is this what the Bible teaches? To hate groups of people?
I have a solution for people who don’t like gay marriage: Don’t marry a gay person.
It seems if we’re not hating someone for race we have to make up for it with sexual preference.
America is free. It should stay that way. The Bible has no place in government because people can’t handle it, obviously.
I hear the Westboro Baptist Church could always use more volunteers picketing for their anti-gay views.
America is all up in arms about kids bullying kids but I’m seeing it happen with adults right now. What is this teaching our children? Don`t bully someone unless they’re gay?
This is a very sad.
Robert Morris

In response to Bob Schroeder (letter, Jan. 17) I would like to take a minute to reply that “religious freedom” is a misnomer.
What Schroeder has in mind when he says that “our forefathers came to this country in part for religious freedom” is hinted at by his later statement that “it is high time we put the Bible back in our schools.”
Given that school attendance is mandatory, what this amounts to is a requirement that schools incorporate the Bible into their curriculum which means, regardless of your religious preference, you must be exposed to the Bible (even if the Bible calls for your annihilation because of its prescriptions for “right” and “wrong”).
It is not “high time” that we put the Tao Te Ching in schools, it is not time for us to put The Vedas in schools, and it’s certainly not time to incorporate the study of philosophy into school curriculums; only the Bible.
How’s that for religious freedom? You’re free to choose, the Bible.
Schroeder’s conception of freedom is terrifying and it should be concerning for all those who know how to properly treat abstract nouns like “freedom.”
There’s only one polite and proper response: In the spirit of the freedom of speech, Mr. Schroeder, keep your opinion to yourself.
Michael Stone

To judge from media reports, many reporters and editors (and a few lawyers) expect me to feel a sense of moral outrage that a convicted rapist and murderer gasped and choked for air for 10 minutes before dying in Ohio’s death chamber Thursday.
I gather they intend I be ashamed that the state of Ohio, acting in the name of its law-abiding citizens, conducted an execution in which a few ghastly sounds escaped the mouth of dying reprobate.
Maybe I’m the only one (though I seriously doubt it), but the only horrific sounds that came to mind as I read of the final minutes of Dennis McGuire’s life were those sounds that must surely have been carrying on the air the night he killed Joy Stewart in 1989.
How did it sound, I wonder, when McGuire pulled Ms. Stewart from her car, beat her, sodomized her, choked her, stabbed her, then severed her neck to her spine?
How did all that pointless, undeserved suffering sound when inflicted on a 22 year-old, newly-married, mom-to-be?
How did it sound as the unborn child in her womb convulsed and died shortly after it’s mother? How did it sound as her husband wept tears of shock, grief, and rage when news of his family’s destruction reached him?
Steve Williams

When will the state of Ohio join with a number of other states and abolish the death penalty?
Mr. McGuire did deserve severe punishment for taking the lives of the woman and her unborn child but still was a human being.
We like to think we are a civilized society, but are we?
Alvera M. Sams


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