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Bob Dinneen wrote an article telling us great things about “renewables” (“Renewables can put the brakes on high U.S. gas prices,” Other Views, July 14). Others have advised that the use of ethanol will ruin your car engine, and if you use it in gasoline-powered lawn mowers, trimmers and outboard motors, etc., it will ruin that equipment. Also, we are told that because the government has “reserved” 10 percent of the corn crop to convert to ethanol, the price of corn has gone up. For the people who use it for animal food, our grocery prices increase as well.
Dinneen, the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, seems to have a personal interest in changing from gasoline to renewables. If our country’s “leaders” would do the right thing for the people, they would open up the vast sources of oil we have in this country. It seems logical to me that if we stopped sending our money to OPEC and others and invest it in this country, we would get much better returns on the investment. Unfortunately, our “leaders” have forgotten logic and ethics.
Where’s the change?
Regarding “Renewables can put the brakes on high U.S. gas prices:” (Let’s add in state and local tax.) Let’s all think about what this says. For the past 25 to 30 years, our presidents all talked about alternatives for gas. What has been done about it? Nothing. The reason: Too many politicians have major stocks in oil, so they couldn’t care less. It’s all about greed. Does it take 30 years to come up with a solution? I wonder: With such a great nation and the know-how we have, when are we going to start? We have the product here and the knowledge; why do we have to wait any longer? Ask your politicians.
So when it comes to the problem, Republicans and Democrats are all at fault. The next time you vote, think twice and ask yourself: Do you want the same people in office again, or is it time for another change?
This is in response to “The toll monster” letter (Your Views, July 12). These two people say “SunPass is not a reasonable alternative” because they are retired. Umm. What? They had to pay $4.50? With SunPass, according to the Tampa-Xway.com calculator, their toll would have been $1.89. Of course, one has to go to a store first to buy the SunPass transponder, which costs $4.99. By using it just two times, their purchase cost is effectively $0.00 because SunPass users get discounts on most of Florida’s toll roads — and don’t incur the administrative fee.
I’m also retired — 77 years old and can’t afford many luxuries — but I know a bargain when I see one, and I’m happy to keep $10 or $15 in my SunPass account so I don’t have to worry about stopping at toll booths or paying an extra $2.50 charge. Over the past 10-plus years, I’ve probably saved at least $100 in toll charges. Probably more.
John L. Bailey
Regarding “Working to right the ship” (July 13): Arnold Donald, president and CEO of Carnival Corp., reminds me a great deal of Dr. Ben Carson. They both display the characteristics of being educated, leadership, responsibility, accountability, persistence and hard work. They both succeeded even though they came from poverty or poor family roots. They had goals, believed in themselves and did not take no for an answer. It’s too bad our younger generation isn’t using these gentlemen as role models instead of inconsequential celebrities they seem to admire.
I have had the pleasure of reading the large majority of Steve Otto’s columns over the years, and I would just like to say thank you to him. Steve, as I have read your items, I have laughed, I have cried and I have learned. Your insight and keen ability to tell your story so that it can reach and be understood by a vast range of people is uncanny. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement, and thank you for continuing to contribute to the Tribune’s pages going forward. The Tribune has been extremely fortunate to have had you on its team all of these years. God bless you.
Sydney Montgomery Bell
‘The ultimate hipster’
The first time I noticed a Steve Otto column in the Tribune, I thought to myself, “What in the world could this chubby guy with a bulldog face ever write that would interest me?” How wrong I was. Over the years, I have bonded with this man like so many of his readers. People don’t just read him for the story. They read him because they relate to him. I know it’s an age, supposedly, when hip young journalists are being hired by major newspapers looking to save money and attract a younger readership. But there is nothing like a person who can connect with readers. At this, Steve is a master — the ultimate hipster. Some of the other writers and stories are, no offense Tribune, just boring. “Retirement” for people like Steve doesn’t make sense. For now, Steve, “thanks for the memories.”
Something’s fishy here
Mexico has very strict immigration laws, and it is considered a felony to enter Mexico illegally. Case in point: Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed by the Mexican government for the past three months for crossing into Mexico. How is it that Mexico allowed tens of thousands of illegals from Central and South America to cross its borders unless they knew that they were headed for America and would be allowed entry?