published Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Military payments for biofuels flagrant and other Letters to the Editors

Military payments for biofuels flagrant

In his commentary July 29, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw lauds the efforts of the military to convert to new biofuels. Imagine how much fuel an aircraft fighter wing unit would use in a month. Planes are constantly training, taking off and landing on carrier warships, training pilots for wartime. Thousands of gallons?

What the general selectively failed to mention is how much this new biofuel costs. In 2009, the service paid $425/gallon for 20,000 gallons of algae-based fuel ($8.5 million). Later that year, the service paid $67.50/gallon for 40,000 gallons of fuel from the camelina plant ($2.7 million). The Navy is now paying $26.60/gallon for 450,000 gallons of biofuel ($12 million) to power a carrier strike group off the coast of Hawaii this year. Are you kidding me? If the economy was booming, maybe. But with a $1.2 trillion deficit, these people are nuts.

People in this country had better educate themselves about what’s going on in our government. It has been hijacked by a group of people who have an agenda that they will perpetrate at any cost. They care less about the plight of the country or the American citizens. We can’t afford four more.

TAYLOR E. CAVIN, Hixson


Think about where food comes from

Just pondering — Chick-fil-A is being punished for its values and beliefs. Think about this ... my husband grows chicken. Chicken that is served at Chick-fil-A and many more restaurants. We do not support gay marriage. Does that mean folks who do support it shouldn’t eat our chicken? If anyone is boycotting Chick-fil-A then why not boycott every restaurant that serves chicken raised on our farm?

I believe in God and the Bible. I believe in traditional family values, but I don’t care if conservatives, liberals, heterosexuals, homosexuals, Christians, Muslims or Hindus want to eat the chicken we grow. If Chick-fil-A’s beliefs bother you then you should think about where your food really comes from. Most farmers are God-loving people with very traditional family values.

If you are concerned about supporting Chick-fil-A then you should buy some chickens, cows and pigs and brush up on your gardening skills because I can assure you that each time you pull through that drive-through or go to a dine-in restaurant, you are supporting a farmer and his family and he will likely be in church Sunday, tithing (money made from you) to support traditional family values!

ALICIA MORRISON


Political correctness goes both ways

Clay Bennett’s Aug. 1 editorial cartoon shows the word “INTOLERANCE” spelled in cutout letters, including Chick-fil-A’s trademark “C.”

Obviously it was in reference to Dan Cathy, CEO of the privately-held, family-owned restaurant chain who affirmed his personal belief that “the biblical definition of the family unit” includes marriage between a man and a woman.

When are the politically correct police going to admit that intolerance also applies to people like themselves who cannot — or are unwilling to — tolerate others whose beliefs and worldviews differ from their own?

ROBERT J. TAMASY, Hixson

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ToHoldNothing said...

Alicia Morrison: Your chicken is not the issue here. CFA is at fault only because of the funding it gives to political anti gay organizations. I don't care if you or anyone believes in Biblical principles as long as they are not discriminatory against people in hiring or serving policies. CFA doesn't need to be involved in politics, since it's a corporation.

Robert Tamasy: I do not tolerate people who violate basic political reasoning and decide to use their company's money to fund anti gay organizations who are trying to use their influence to persecute and discriminate against gay people. I can respect them as a person, but ideas do not automatically gain respect because a person holds them, whoever they are. I think even President Obama, a good man, holds ridiculous ideas in terms of philosophical beliefs concerning the afterlife, etc. But I respect him as a person. Same as you, Dan Cathy, even the people of Westboro Baptist Church. but ideas are not afforded the respect I give to people, even if they are deeply important to them.

Tolerance of others does not mean tolerance of their ideas. I am only intolerant of a businessman using his public accommodation as a source of funding for anti gay propaganda.

August 3, 2012 at 1:10 a.m.
raygunz said...

Mr. Cavin,the Outrageous Expenditures by our defense dept. have been ongoing for many years,or, did you just notice it since the current resident of the White House moved in?

August 3, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.

TAYLOR E. CAVIN, if you want to object to the excessive spending on the military, go right ahead, but don't narrowly tailor your remarks to biofuels.

There are plenty of carriers groups going around, and many of them are deployed just because of the Middle East.

You are, however, nuts yourself if you think you can just shut them all down. Let's keep 6 or so of them.

ALICIA MORRISON, to be fair, the entire agricultural industry is so replete with abuses that many people opt-out in general. Not Steve King though, who thinks it's offensive that we have laws against animal abuse that don't apply to humans.

But here's your mistake. You're saying Cathy just believes something. Wrong. He's funding groups trying to put his beliefs into legal effect. He supports discrimination in the laws.

Go to church if you want. That's fine. But when you go to a politician and try to get them to vote your way, that's where you subject yourself to public criticism.

ROBERT J. TAMASY, sometime after our brains fall out of our heads. You are making the classic mistake, that "tolerance" requires one to "tolerate" your "intolerance" which is just the petty whining of bullies everywhere.

Really, why do so many people try that faulty logic? Do Bigots actually think that the real bigots are the ones who won't let them oppress and discriminate against others?

Besides as I just said, he wants his personal beliefs to be laws. Are the rest of us supposed to just sit around out of your misconceived distortion of tolerance and let him make whatever laws he wants?

August 3, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.
Leaf said...

Wow, that biofuel data was really amazing! With military venture capitalism the price went from $425/gallon to $26.60/gallon in just three years and they were able to produce 450,000 gallons? That's tremendous progress. At that rate of progress, biofuels will soon be cheaper than middle eastern oil and we won't be supporting terrorists and extremist regimes with our taxpayer funded military spending. Think how many American lives and billions of dollars we could save if we didn't have to constantly police that area of the world in order to secure that resource. Which is kinda the point. I bet nobody would object to spending $20 million on better body armor to save the lives of our soldiers, so why not spend that much so you may not have to fight the next Middle Eastern war?

August 3, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.

Leaf, what are you doing thinking of the future? That's just plain unacceptable. And suggesting that we abandon our overseas military ventures just because it would spare lives? What about American prestige and glory?

Also, they did object to spending more on better body armor, they cheaped out.

August 3, 2012 at 2:38 p.m.
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