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April 26, 2012
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Traffic cameras cause plenty of problems

I recently read a story about traffic cameras in Arizona overcharging more than 600 drivers. The city is now forced to refund more than $35,000 due to this mistake. We need to stop more of these cameras popping up around the city before it’s too late.

Michael Haviland

End tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry

This should make Americans ask the fundamental question: What is the difference between what a public non-profit utility company provides and what a private for-profit oil company provides? After all they both sell energy to all United States citizens. The difference is that natural gas and electricity are sold in the form of a public good whereas oil is sold in the form of a private good. Accordingly, on the grounds of promoting national security, the United States Congress should convert all oil companies to utility companies. This would eliminate the windfall profits and force the oil industry to earn just enough income to cover operating expenses just as natural gas and electric utility companies are required to do. The resulting drop in gasoline prices would further stimulate the economy and lighten the energy stranglehold upon the United States by the Middle East. It would also eliminate the influence of the oil lobby. In this case, desperate times call for deliberate measures. But as pathetic as the energy policy is in the United States, the effort to develop alternative sources of energy won’t really be accelerated until the oil dries up and the Saudis place solar cells all across their desert and then sell us the electricity.

Joe Bialek


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