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Friday, April 19, 2013
Goodlatte's wrong on renewable fuel
Re: Rep. Bob Goodlatte's recently submitted bills to end the Renewable Fuel Standard:
I strongly disagree with Goodlatte's statement that ethanol "could put consumers in harm's way, hurt the economy and disrupt the nation's fuel supply."
The Renewable Fuel Standard has been of significant net value to the entire economy and is helping to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and lower consumer gasoline costs by an average of 89 cents a gallon, all without interrupting the supply of feed grains to livestock and poultry producers.
In fact, ethanol production contributes an additional 1 billion to 1.2 billion bushels of corn back into the livestock feed market in the form of distillers grains, the co-product of ethanol production.
Between 2005 and 2011, oil import dependence fell from 60.3 percent to 45 percent. Additionally, the ethanol industry contributed more than $42 billion to the nation's gross domestic product in 2011, generated nearly $30 billion in household income and saved consumers money at the pump.
The RFS has enhanced energy security, reduced consumer fuel prices by diversifying our energy portfolio, created jobs and rural economic activity, and improved the environment. I urge Goodlatte to reconsider his legislation and to support the RFS.
Goodlatte supports sensible budget plans
Re: Gene Zitver's letter ("Goodlatte supports far-out budget plan," April 1):
Passing a budget is what we send our elected officials to Washington to do. We don't send them there to take easy votes, but to vote for legislation that would turn around the direction of this country.
I support Rep. Bob Goodlatte's vote in the House for both the Ryan budget and Republican Study Committee budget alternative. Both plans balance the budget.
Both protect Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens today and in the future. And both repeal the health care law that is raising insurance rates and upping our taxes.
Both of the budget plans Goodlatte supported ask the federal government to cut back and do what any American family must do when trying to eliminate debt or save for the future.
Though the Republican Study Committee budget did not pass, I appreciate his willingness to support a budget that stops this ridiculous spending spree in Washington sooner rather than later.
At least the House passed a budget - something the Senate hadn't done for four years, and the president's budget is late once again. Neither the Senate budget nor any budget ever offered by the president balances.
This is America; we have a right to arms
To the writer who thinks Australia's gun laws are civilized ("Look Down Under for a civilized gun policy," April 15 Pick of the day):
I find it appalling and depressing that any American would be so willing to trash our Second Amendment. Requiring a "genuine reason" for owning a firearm leaves all citizens at the mercy of the authorities.
Furthermore, not accepting self-defense as a legitimate reason to possess a firearm borders on lunacy. The only effective tool available for women and the elderly to protect themselves is a gun.
I sincerely hope pending legislation in Congress is soundly defeated. Disarming our citizens is not the answer.
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