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I recently wrote of my concerns that the clowns who control the world governments are more of a problem than a solution to, in this case, the wide spread rise in food prices.

However, when Mr. Randy Fricke wrote his comments on the article, he stated that I blamed ethanol for rising fuel prices. That is not what I said. I said, “the use of corn ethanol is not a viable or economical solution to our energy problems.” In fact, some of those clowns I spoke of are now saying that “using food sources to produce fuel is criminal.”

Some form of ethanol may be useful, but it doesn’t make sense to use corn, thereby driving the price of food through the roof. Not to mention it takes more energy to produce a gallon of ethanol than it does a gallon of gas. It also takes huge amounts of water.



Mr. Fricke also claims that oil companies are the reason gas prices are going up. Baloney. It’s supply and demand. The foreign countries with their nationalized oil companies reap most of the profits. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela, etc. And the demand just keeps growing world wide. Google peak oil clock just for fun.

The problem is exacerbated by the regulatory nightmare concerning construction of refineries and/or nuclear power plants. The politicians refuse to allow drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or off our coasts. And of course there is the not in my backyard factor.



And here is some more clown stuff. The farm bill currently before Congress contains agricultural subsidies of $286 billion dollars, 51 percent of which goes to commercial enterprises such as ethanol producers. Since the agro-bailout in 2002 of $73.5 billion, farm profits are up 118 percent. The average commercial farmer has an annual income of $200,000 and a net worth of $2 million dollars.

It would seem to me that instead of subsidizing some fatcat farmer or ethanol producer, we use that money to develop real alternatives to oil and leave our corn crop for food production.

I like to eat.

Robert L. Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Carbondale could have saved the $2,000 on those Latino kiosks. I’m sure Mexico would have coughed up the cash, since they’ve got the same kind of booths on their side of the border.

They tell their citizens where they can get free U.S. housing, free U.S. medical care, free U.S. food, free U.S. legal advice, and American jobs. Mexico is helping their citizens to break our laws.

Tom Ziemann and Catholic Charities are doing the same thing. They’re aiding and abetting illegal alien criminals at the expense of legal U.S. citizens.

The message Carbondale is sending to Mexico is loud and clear. This valley is a safe haven for illegal aliens.

I guess a growing, thriving town like Carbondale can’t get enough cheap, illegal labor.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Silt

By now, some of the wonderful people of Carbondale have noticed I am no longer at the Gordon Cooper Library. I am sorry I had to leave the position of youth services librarian on short notice. I truly enjoyed meeting many new faces in town and getting to know you and your children. I also enjoyed seeing my old friends again. I would like to thank each and every one of you for making my employment at the library such a pleasure. The library has many fun programs planned for the summer for patrons of all ages. Please plan to attend some of the activities and encourage your children participate in the summer reading programs.

I hope to see you soon.

Susan Emenaker

El Jebel


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