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John McCain’s recent attempt to mock Barack Obama’s energy policy by handing out tire pressure gauges was a stupid political stunt and an illogical approach to the energy debate. In nearly the same breath, McCain shouted for more drilling “here and now,” and he made fun of Obama’s suggestion that Americans conserve energy by inflating their tires.

This apparent dichotomy between more fossil fuels and more conservation is a ridiculous way to frame the energy debate. Whether we produce more oil or not, energy conservation is a good idea. The facts are simple: Fossil fuels are non-renewable and they emit carbon dioxide when they are burned. Whether we like it or not, conservation will become a necessity, it is simply a question of when.

If McCain cares about the quality of life our children will inherit, he should support conservation measures now, no matter what he believes about drilling for more oil.



Michael Logan

Carbondale



Also addressed: Dear Mr. Kirchenwitz,

I am just writing this letter to clarify the incident with your friend on the bus. Maybe you should write a letter to the editor apologizing for what you said with your letter about him a couple of weeks back.

To begin with, Bruno, I was on that bus, too. There were more Anglos on that bus than you say. You say that you were friends with that guy. Well, wouldn’t you have found out way before two months from the incident? If he truly was your friend, and not just another way to speak badly about Latinos in the valley. Well, what do you have to say to that?

Another thing. Did he tell you that he was drunk on the bus? The reason I know this is because I was sitting on the seat behind your so-called friend. He did ask the guy if he was legal, and the Latino replied if that was any of his concern. Then your “buddy” tried punching him first and the Latino did retaliate and hit your friend, but not in a malicious way, it was just self-defense. Then your coward friend started running up the aisle crying to the driver to call 911.

At the same time, the bus was having engine problems, overheating or something.

Another thing you said was that there was nobody that said or saw anything. You are very wrong, sir. There were two people that filled out police reports. One was a Latino and the other an Anglo. I didn’t stay because, Bruno, unlike you, I stick to my problems and I am not nosy. So I transferred to the other bus that came to aid us when these people filled out the reports.

Mr. Kirchenwitz, I say to you, you did have your 15 minutes of fame, but that time is up. Move on with your life.

And if you are attention-hungry, why don’t you try out for American Idol and stop putting more tension on something that is affecting the valley deeply?

Gregorio Ayon

Basalt

I would like to respond to Mr. VanderBeek’s letter, “Another way to look at the city’s homeless.” His words reveal his compassion and understanding for the homeless and less fortunate of our society. If only we had more people here like Gerry VanderBeek, it would be a much nicer and better place to live!

God bless you, Mr. VanderBeek, and Feed My Sheep Director Karolyn Spencer.

Ms. Helen R. Kett

Grand Junction


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