LETTERS: Obama on free speech: Forget Paris

To the editor:

I see that there was a huge demonstration in Paris on Sunday expressing support for freedom of speech and resistance to terrorism (“Today, we are one,” Monday Review-Journal). Many world leaders were there, although apparently the United States was left unrepresented by any senior elected officials.

This demonstration might be a major, although probably short-lived, morale booster for those who believe in the principles and values of Western civilization. However, the other side in this conflict can take comfort in the thoughts expressed in the words of President Barack Obama: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” I wonder which side will prevail?



Gas tax backfire

To the editor:

I usually support Charles Krauthammer’s views on politics, but his idea for a gasoline tax increase of $1 per gallon is ludicrous (“Raise the tax, pay the pumper,” Sunday Review-Journal). Mr. Krauthammer is apparently joining forces with the tax-and-spend philosophy of Democrats to the detriment of all American drivers. Can’t anyone ever give taxpayers a break?

Big Oil, in collusion with politicians and OPEC, has for years been bleeding Americans dry to the tune of 1,100 percent profits. Cheaper gas is a boon to America. The public can finally drive their kids to soccer, buy medicine and food, and do all the other things we need to do, instead of distressing on whether we will have enough money left over to buy one $5 gallon of gas.

How many Americans have felt confined to their homes because they were afraid to use gas? Of course, an increased gas tax is no imposition on wealthy citizens such as Mr. Krauthammer, but to us, the middle class, $2-a-gallon gas is a godsend. It allows us to get out and spend more money and get on with a better life. It gets America back on track economically.

Mr. Krauthammer wants to give the tax to politicians so they can “wisely” use it to pump it back into the economy. Is he living on another planet? Politicians raid tax money for issues other than what the money was intended for all the time. It’s called business as usual.

Mr. Krauthammer also states the tax will curb driving. We don’t want our driving curbed. We buy cars to get places, not to look at them in the garage.

High-priced gas, high-priced solar power and impossible EPA standards are all crippling our place in the global economy. As we in the U.S. worry about political correctness, countries such as China, Russia, India, Mexico and more reap the profits of increased industrialization. I agree with moderate regulations, but I would like America to regain its industrial standing. That’s how jobs are made, not by having goods manufactured somewhere other than the good old U.S.



Detroit pep rally

To the editor:

After a nice golf vacation in Hawaii, President Barack Obama came home to pack his bags with winter clothes and hit the road, with yet more speeches to deliver to handpicked audiences. First stop, Detroit, my hometown, where I grew up in the 1950s and early ’60s, before moving to Nevada.

In my opinion, he should have just flown to Palm Springs and hit the links again. His speech touted the creation of 11 million jobs since he became president, omitting the fact that most are part-time jobs. He touted that the auto industry is back because of his administration, while failing to tell us that the taxpayers are in the hole for $10 billion because of the bailout. He failed to tell us that the city of Detroit was once the fifth-largest in the U.S. and is now a shadow of its former self, surrounded by burned-out homes and empty lots.

The human teleprompter also failed to tell us the truth about unemployment in Detroit, which now stands at 8.1 percent. I was raised in what they call the Down River Area (River Rouge), about 3 miles from the center of the city. Now my entire family — my cousins, sisters, nephews and 96-year-old mother — live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., about 60 miles from Detroit, along with thousands of others who left what was once the city we were proud to call home.



Foes of ‘Fillmore’

To the editor:

Would you kindly add my name to the ever-increasing list of Review-Journal readers who prefer the comic strip “Mallard Fillmore” to be on the editorial page or in the Opinion section? Although the strip is sometimes thoughtful, it is seldom if ever comical.



Press does its part

To the editor:

I am a friend of Kathy Shines, the woman who was killed on Jan. 2. I just want to thank the media for its constant reporting of this tragic event. With the media’s help, the police were able to identify and arrest the suspect (“Slaying suspect caught,” Thursday Review-Journal). I also would like to thank all the people who called in with information that helped take the suspect off the streets.




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