To the Editor:

I applaud you Mr. Crain for your willingness last Saturday to note several areas where you and I share common outlooks.


To the Editor:
I applaud you Mr. Crain for your willingness last Saturday to note several areas where you and I share common outlooks. All of us, regardless of ideological, religious or political affiliations, share much more than we don’t. That’s what makes us human.

While I believe that homosexuals are: human beings first, doing nothing that is forced upon me or my family, just wanting and deserving to have their loves recognized as marriages and you don’t, a question arises, “How do we evolve from here?” Further, “Why are we here?” I mean, really, “For what purpose do we exist?”

Depending upon our particular outlook, or how deeply we wish to delve, the meaning of our existence will encompass vastly different realms. We might focus on our careers and interests or on our individual families, villages or societies, maybe on the whole planet or the entirety of the cosmos. We can find meaning in the miniscule minuteness or in the vastness of all that is. Isn’t there more to our existence than just our mere existence? How does our consciousness wish to expand?

I’ve certainly not always wondered about these things. I just can’t seem to be ruled by what has driven me for most of this life, mainly, being silent. Will proliferating the same old conservative, liberal arguments bring about inner peace? Does it really matter if I purchase the latest consumer gadget? Will I really be happier with the next convenience?

Maybe we exist to transform all of our limiting attitudes and beliefs; anything from how we view ourselves and others, how we respond under stress, what we choose to think about, how much expansion we believe that we’re capable of. Now feeling that it’s imperative that we heal and overcome potentially limiting attitudes from our past, forward movement is possible and probable.

Perhaps by engaging in activities and pursuits that fuel compassion and peacefulness and elicit a calmness and a smile from others, different paths and outcomes become apparent. There is so much wonder in the simplest of things. Are these times demanding that we evolve? Where will we focus our attention?

Matthew Scala
Shawnee

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To the Editor:
What is the true motive of the Democratic-controlled Congress that has consistently blocked recovery of our own oil? Is it really the answers they make public? I don’t believe they think we (or the American oil companies) cannot drill for oil anywhere (offshore or ANWR) in a safe and environmentally sound way.

We have done so for so many years. We have not violated our environment drilling for oil. About three years ago, I talked to a young Eskimo (probably in his late 20s) in OKC.
I asked him his opinion of the effects of oil recovery at Prudhoe Bay (began in 1977) and the affects of wildlife in that area.

He said it improved the economy in Alaska, creating jobs and the caribou herds had lower mortality rates. He attributed the lower mortality rate to cows caving along side the oil pipeline that warmed the area. Residents can harvest 10 caribou per year. The Dept. of Wildlife in Alaska tries to maintain a minimum population of 135,000 caribou. The ANWR area is just east across the Canning River from the Prudhoe Bay project. Drilling would be relegated to 2,000 acres of the 19,600,000-acre refuge and only on the coastal plain area (same as Prudhoe Bay). If my math is right, that leaves 99.9898 percent of ANWR off limits from exploration and untouched. I don’t think that is asking too much considering our predicament. This should rule out violating the “pristine wilderness.” Obama says that drilling offshore and other protected areas would be of no significance in the price of gasoline.

Federal Mineral Management Service claims there are 89 billion barrels offshore waiting to be recovered. Geologists say we have 1.5 trillion barrels in the oil shale of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah (that is five times the amount of oil reserves that are in the entire country of Saudi Arabia).

Our Federal government says there are more than 10 billion barrels of oil waiting to be recovered in ANWR. The United States imports 9.921 million barrels of crude oil per day (April figures). Another excuse the congress uses is that it would take years to get the oil from ANWR.

I say we need to get started then. Congress has access to the same information that we all have. What is their ulterior motive? The excuses they are giving will not hold water.

Howard W. Hall
Shawnee