To the Editor:

Shell Oil President John Hoffmeister told California Congresswoman Maxine Waters that $5 per gallon for gasoline would look cheap if Congress doesn’t allow offshore drilling and drilling in ANWR. Maxine Waters replied, “We will “socialize.”


To the Editor:
Shell Oil President John Hoffmeister told California Congresswoman Maxine Waters that $5 per gallon for gasoline would look cheap if Congress doesn’t allow offshore drilling and drilling in ANWR. Maxine Waters replied, “We will “socialize.” Realizing the wrong choice of words, she became stone faced and speechless. For the longest time, she tried to figure out how to overcome the slip of the tongue. She possibly meant to say, “nationalize” but possibly couldn’t remember the word. After the long pause, she regained her composure and said we (meaning the government) would take over your oil companies. She identified herself as a Liberal.
President Bush and the Republicans have tried for several years to defeat the liberal congressional environmentalists who have voted against drilling offshore and in ANWR but have come up short. Republicans need only a simple majority vote, to open up a wilderness that has been off limits to commercial exploitation since the Jimmy Carter administration.
If we are to recover our own oil, it must happen during the short time that President Bush has left. It is for sure that Obama, McCain or Clinton will not allow drilling in those places. All three candidates are part of the current problem. The cost of a gallon of gasoline in the Netherlands is $9.54. In Germany, it is $8.75, France, $8.48 and the UK, $8.31. The cost of oil is causing a worldwide food crisis. Here in the USA Wal-mart and Costco announced that they would limit sales of flour, rice and cooking oil. In North Korea, a citizen has to pay a day’s wages for one egg. In Japan 80 percent are frightened about the possibility of not being able to get the food they need. The UN predicted “massacres” unless the biofuel (ethanol) policy is halted. It takes 232kg (511.5 pounds) of corn to fill a 50-litre (13.208 gallon) car tank with ethanol. That is enough to feed a child for a year. Corn into fuel is nonsense and should be stopped. The USA needs sensible people in government to make the right decisions. Maxine Waters is not one of them and there are others just like her that need to be removed.
Howard W. Hall
Shawnee
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To The Editor:
It’s just my opinion, but I think this next presidential election will present some tough choices in selecting a candidate that will share your ideas for the future of the country. Obama verses  McCain will be our choices it seems and each definitely has a plan for our future. I think, for the first time in years, we have two candidates who offer a much different idea for the direction of the country.
McCain, I think, operates under the guise of a conservative which he is not. It was he who joined with Ted Kennedy to write the last ill-fated comprehensive immigration bill that was soundly defeated because it went against the majority of Americans’ desires.
This bill would have cost the American taxpayers a bundle. If you haven’t read it, don’t comment until you do read it. McCain also favors staying the route in Iraq and leaving a winner. People say he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years.
He might just be right, I’m afraid. Have we not been in Germany, Japan, Korea, for 60 years or so? We see what we want to see at times. Looking at Obama we know he, being the most liberal of all senators, will want to raise the taxes and give more control over our lives to the government.
You can only call it socialism, what else? I think a win for Obama would seal the fate of this nation and send it into total socialism. Be that good or bad, it’s your choice. We have come a long way using capitalism as our base, but in doing so, we have failed to make space for those who will not, or cannot, take advantage of its rewards.
It is the growth of this element that will carry us to socialism in the future.
There must be more of a blend of the two systems in order not to stifle the most important individual in our history the entrepreneur, as this is the guy that creates jobs, not the government. This election should be given some deep thoughts from all of us as we decide what kind of world we leave for our children and grandchildren.
Weldon McGaw
Virginia Beach, Va.