Ethanol not what it is cracked up to be
It was interesting to read the self-serving blather from Dave Vander Griend espousing the virtues of ethanol ("American ethanol cheaper, cleaner, better," June 4 Opinion). What a hoot.
I like how he failed to mention any of the negative aspects of the fuel, such as that it's noncompatible in older vehicles and extremely destructive to marine engine and fuel systems, and, most important, that it has far fewer Btus of energy than gasoline. That means you need more ethanol than gasoline to travel the same distance.
And I don't know about anyone else, but the few fuel stations in the area that I've found that sell E85 typically have it priced the same as or more than regular unleaded gasoline. So when you do the math, it ends up costing the consumer far more to use E85 than gasoline.
I have a flex-fuel truck that has never had — and never will have — E85 in it. Oh, maybe I'd consider it if the price were about $1.50 a gallon, but not until then. And one could go on for some time discussing the negative effects of center-pivot irrigation on our aquifers as a result of growing the corn to make the fuel.
I commend Dave Vander Griend, president and CEO of ICM Inc. in Colwich. The real thrust of his commentary, "American ethanol cheaper, cleaner, better" (June 4 Opinion), was that with the price of gasoline at about $4 per gallon and up, we should strongly consider the alternative fuel of ethanol as our first preference when we fill up.
This is an American resource. Especially in Kansas, we should emphasize this, because our state produces an abundance of grain that is the main source of ethanol production.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer drove an ethanol-fueled race car at last weekend's Kansas Speedway race. That was a great way to advertise clean automobile fuel, grown in Kansas. This is Kansas showing the way to start an evolution away from foreign oil.
BILLY Q. McCRAY
We will pay
No local tax dollars will be use for the new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, according to airport director Victor White (June 8 Eagle). Who do these people think will pay for the terminal? The federal government only has the money it has raised from taxes. Higher fees at the airport would be paid by taxpayers using the terminal. Come on — the taxpayers are going to pay.
When people ride in vehicles, they have to wear seat belts or they will be ticketed. But what about motorcyclists?
If an individual is forced to wear a seat belt, a person riding a motorcycle should be forced to wear a helmet. A helmet saves a life, just as a seat belt would. It's not fair that only people riding in cars get tickets.
The commercials say, "Click it or ticket." Why not, "Wear it or risk it"?
The Legislature should pass a law requiring that each motorcyclist wear a helmet or get a ticket, just as a person riding in a car without a seat belt would.
If Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., would lie about a photograph, he would lie about other things. He shouldn't resign; he should be booted out so an honest person could take his place. That is, if there are any honest ones around. Clean house.
Everyone should know by now that Harold Camping is a false prophet, and that the end of the world cannot be predicted by a mathematical formula. However, he has revised his prediction to Oct. 21. This shows that Camping was not embarrassed enough by his previous failures to stop, and he can still hurt many people both financially and emotionally.
The disciples of Jesus asked Him specific questions concerning the end of the world, and His answer was that He did not know. When people think they can predict the end of the world with a mathematical formula, they are essentially saying that they are smarter than Jesus. This is the pinnacle of arrogance.
Other preachers should be rebuking Camping for his false prophecies, but too many preachers are spineless jellyfish swimming in arrogance, and more interested in protecting their own egos than protecting other people.
Why obey law?
Why should I obey the law? President Obama's Justice Department is not defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. It is suing Arizona for enforcing federal immigration laws. It dropped charges against New Black Panther Party members accused of voter intimidation. And it is investigating the CIA for possible laws broken in search of Osama bin Laden. Wait — I never took an oath of office.