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August 26, 2010

Obama’s promises are slipping away

While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.

Two years are gone, and we still don’t have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction. In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.

The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations that operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.

Election day will soon be here and those who are running for office — be it open seats, incumbents or challengers — need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.

David Creighton Sr.
Des Moines

 

Bigger problems to deal with instead of arguing over a mosque location

For the opponents of the New York City mosque, a question — how far? How far away must a mosque be before it is no longer deemed disrespectful to the dead of Sept. 11? A mile? Outside city limits? Outside the country?

By my understanding, the proposed mosque site is two blocks from Ground Zero, and I sincerely doubt that there is a clear line of sight from one to the other, which means Muslims couldn’t gloat, or whatever the opponents fear would happen if this mosque is built.

Jeni Nosbisch
Des Moines

 

Correction: In last week’s issue of Cityview (“Rapsheet,” Aug. 19), we reported former Pleasant Hill Sgt. Daniel Edwards pleaded guilty to two charges. The correct number is three.

 

 


 

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