Letters to the Editor 05-23-14

STORY FALSELY PORTRAYED BIOFUELS
As POET general managers, we wanted to take this opportunity to respond to a recent story, “Marathon exec bashes fuel mandate,” which inaccurately portrayed the biofuels industry and the benefits ethanol offers to consumers.
Ethanol lowers the price consumers pay at the pump. While some may be content to continue to rely on unstable sources of foreign oil, we would prefer a cleaner, renewable fuel that’s produced right here in Ohio.
Higher biofuel blends also give consumers additional choices at the pump. The EPA has already determined E15 to be safe for use in vehicles made in 2001 and newer, which is the majority of vehicles currently on the road. We are seeing retailers, such as MAPCO, take advantage of this additional fuel choice by offering E15 to their customers.
Cellulosic ethanol is not a phantom fuel. In fact, Project Liberty, POET-DSM’s cellulosic ethanol facility, is scheduled to begin production at the end of this quarter. This advanced biofuel is estimated to cut emissions more than 60 percent over gasoline.
As renewable fuel producers, the environment is one of our primary concerns and we continue to firmly believe that conservation is important to both our environment and the agriculture community.
Mark Borer, Art Thomas, Cliff Brannon
POET Biorefining

WIND ENERGY SUBSIDY SHOULD END
I’m grateful to Ohio’s Sen. Rob Portman for his stand against renewal of the production tax credit.
Over the past 20 years, American taxpayers have seen little return from the forced investment in wind energy. This handout consistently fails to deliver on its promise of long-term job creation, economic activity, and affordability. It promotes government favoritism in the energy marketplace, threatens the reliability of the energy grid, and another two-year extension will cost the taxpayers over $12 billion.
Recent reports and studies have also shown that subsidizing wind energy results in higher electricity costs for American families.
So thank you, Sen. Portman, for opposing the renewal of the PTC. American taxpayers deserve a portfolio of energy solutions that are economically viable, not those that have to be propped up by carve-outs in the tax code.
Mary Kay Klausing
Delphos

FLAG THEFT WAS DESPICABLE
Our American flag, with its white pole, was stolen from our front lawn during the night before Mother’s Day.
Sadly, the cowards stole from a World War II veteran’s widow.
This flag has flown at our home for years, simply to pay tribute to our great country and its many military veterans.
Our family has proudly served in the armed forces: An Army Air Corps B-24 bombardier, a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran, a U.S. Navy Gulf War veteran and fleet navigator, and a U.S. Air Force missile commander.
The theft of any American flag dishonors not only these men, but all our heroic veterans: lost, living, or presently serving in the U.S. armed forces.
There are only three words that describe the perpetrator(s) of this theft: dishonorable, disrespectful, and despicable! Shame on you.
Eileen Kellogg
Findlay

THERE’S LITTLE EVIDENCE OF FRAUD
One observation Barbara Rice (letter, May 15) and I agree on is people refraining from voting because too often they have been “stabbed in the back” by politicians promising one thing and doing something else when elected.
Nevertheless, Republicans claim that cutting early voting and Golden Week will stop voter fraud. However, there’s no evidence early voting or same-day registration has led to voter fraud. Because of fewer days of voting, there are longer lines and longer waits to vote on election days.
For older adults and those with disabilities, this is an undue hardship.
Rice said voters can vote by absentee ballot. Before it was retracted, the Senate passed a bill preventing the secretary of state or individual counties from mailing absentee ballots to all eligible voters unless the Legislature provided the money, which was unlikely.
Eliminating Sunday voting tactics are aimed at African-American churches, which offer buses on the Sunday before the election, taking voters, including older adults who have no cars and those who are disabled, to the polls so they can vote.
The November 2012 general election found just 625 ballots showing irregularities in Ohio, and 20 were sent to the attorney general. The Attorney General’s Office said 13 cases of voters casting ballots in multiple states were turned over to prosecutor’s offices, resulting in no convictions. Ms. Rice, please offer us evidence of wide-ranging voter fraud, people bused in from out of state, and undocumented workers voting in Ohio.
There have been three convictions in the Cincinnati area stemming from 2012: a poll worker voted in three elections for her sister, who was in a coma; a nun voted for a fellow sister who passed away before she could cast a ballot; and a man submitted his wife’s absentee ballot before she died.
These are hardly evidence of a wide-ranging conspiracy to commit voter fraud. The Legislature has done nothing to address the real election problems in Ohio, namely voters waiting longer in longer lines and making it harder for eligible voters to vote.
Don Iliff
Findlay

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