Thank you for beginning to have some diverse columns in the Citizen Telegram. These have been missing for a long time.
I enjoyed reading Lee Hamilton's opinion of Feb. 22 on the many debate problems of the Republican nominee selection process. I'm not sure what he means in stating that the debates don't explore complex issues or allow for wide-open discussion and follow-up. The debates probably are designed to discuss the hot topics on which the voters will make their decision.
I've been around for 12 presidential election seasons since I cared. I did hear Harry Truman speak to the residents of Rifle from the caboose of a campaign train that did a whistlestop in Rifle in 1948, but I was too young to care about anything except seeing the president.
The election seasons seem to always have the same issues: jobs, economy, inflation, military action, education and lately, immigration and moral issues.
The candidates probably shouldn't talk too much about international issues because the international, 24-hour-per-day press is waiting to pounce on anything they can to stir up the hate-America crowd.
With four to six candidates for the nomination spouting about sensitive Middle East issues or international trade issues, international readers and watchers might assume they are hearing official opinions and not those of candidates who might be out of step.
Anyway, keep the columns coming.
Fort Worth, Texas
Someone please explain this to me. How can the president in his state of the union address say that we are going to pursue an "all of the above" strategy for energy development, and then a week later come out with a plan for oil shale that limits potential development so much that no company in its right mind will find the plan enticing from an investment standpoint?