Any pipeline jobs worth it
In response to Joyce Smiths letter bashing Sen. Dick Lugars support of the Keystone XL pipeline (March 9), I have a couple of questions:
How many jobs will it create? Smith says we all know it will not provide 20,000 jobs? Really? So how many is not enough? How about 15,000? My guess is they wouldnt be minimum wage, either.
If we are exporting more fuel because of a weak economy, does that mean we dont produce what we can? Is our economy going to stay weak forever? One of the reasons we pay more for fuel even though there is not a shortage of supply is the threat of countries such as Iran creating chaos.
Who says all the production will go overseas? And its a certainty that pipeline production wont affect oil prices at all – right? (By the way, how about 12,000 great-paying jobs?)
Nancy Pelosi stopped us from drilling off the coast of California. President Obama and 40 Democrats said no to the pipeline. Oil production is one of the options we have available to us for energy, so why is it such a bad idea to use it? (How about 10,000 great-paying jobs?) Sure is better than no jobs.
DAVE GENTILE Fort Wayne
Gurtner, church preach the truth
Thank you for printing the Rev. Mark Gurtners piece on the enslavement of women caused by artificial birth control and sexual license (March 3).
Women, in their hearts, have an intuitive understanding of the purpose and power of the gift of sexuality. We know, more deeply than men, that sexual intimacy is a sign of the total gift of a man and woman to each other. The culture has tried to tell women that if we want equality with men, we need to be like men. They have set up for us the model of, not true men, but males who prey on women for sexual pleasure assuming no consequences. Use contraception and you can be just like men sex with freedom. Unfortunately, the truth is that a woman cannot give herself away casually without recognizing that this harms her dignity.
The Catholic Churchs teaching on contraception is true and good, not just because the church teaches so but because it expresses the profound beauty of marital love. Spouses make of themselves a total gift – one to the other – and this gift includes fertility. I encourage all people to investigate what the church has to say because the truth sets us free.
MEG HANLON Fort Wayne
Congress failing postal service
I am writing to voice extreme displeasure with every senator and congressman from Indiana for failing to demonstrate support for Indianas rural communities by sitting on their hands during this time of national crisis.
Their absence in responding to and supporting the U.S. Postal Service is making a burning impression upon every rural constituent that they just dont care. Further, they may have acknowledged that the postal service must make sound financial decisions for the future of mail service for everyone, but we all know what the postmaster general considers sound financial decisions for the future of mail service.
There is no reason for any elected official to fail in their leadership responsibilities in this matter; perhaps they need to be reminded that they were elected to their office by our constituents; not your party or any other special interest.
As has been mentioned before, this is not a party issue. This is an issue that affects every Americans constitutional right to universal postal service, a national security issue and a serious economic issue. Bipartisan cooperation in making improvements to S-1789 will reform Americas postal service in a responsible manner.
AMY WANG Kentland National League of Postmasters Indiana branch vice president
Occupiers were coddled
In reference to the removal of the gimme gimme gimme so-called occupiers in Headwaters Park by the city of Fort Wayne: Its about damned time.
They should have been removed within 24 hours or charged with trespass.
BARRY COCHRAN Huntington