Letters to the editor on gas prices, factory farms, freedom fighers, Chavez, mute button

04/05/2014 12:00 AM

04/04/2014 5:23 PM

Gas-price difference doesn’t make sense

I know that I am not the smartest person in the world, but one thing I just can’t get my mind around is how gas prices seem to fluctuate to such extremes. I know that the cost of a gallon of gas is based on the price of a barrel of oil. But my job takes me back and forth to Oklahoma on a near-weekly basis, and there must be a different pricing structure for oil in Oklahoma.

When I left for Oklahoma on a recent day, the gas price in Wichita was $1.46 a gallon. When I had traveled just 60 miles from Wichita and maybe 20 miles into Oklahoma, the price for the same gallon of gas was $1.29. So does a barrel of oil cost more in Kansas, where we have producing oil fields all over the place, than it does in Oklahoma?

If the justification is going to be that there is a refinery in Ponca City and therefore the overhead is lower in Oklahoma, I find that reasoning flawed. We have a refinery in El Dorado, and we still seem to always be paying as much as 15 cents more per gallon of gas.

Personally, I think that the gas prices aren’t dictated by the global cost per barrel at all. I think the price of gas is based solely on just how deep in our pockets the businesses that sell gas feel that they can get.

Washington needs to take a closer look at protecting the consumer from this price gouging and maybe reconsider some regulation of the industry that supplies gas for retail sale.



Cost of factory farms

I wonder what farms in the area Rhonda McCurry of the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau Agricultural Association was referring to when she wrote about the “cozy,” clean barns provided for farm animals (“Proud of our heritage, work,” March 28 Opinion). Where I live, most dairy and beef cattle are kept packed in small pens. Very few have protection from the elements, even something as minimal as a windbreak. And if they choose to lie down, they have no choice but to do so in mud and in their own waste.

Most pigs are raised in large, windowless buildings that contain dangerous concentrations of ammonia. Most of them are not so lucky as to be allowed outside to enjoy the sun and fresh air and to “graze.” In fact, most never go outside during their entire lives.

Chickens do not fare any better. Laying hens spend their entire short lives in cages that are so small they cannot move.

Some will likely claim that “factory” farming is efficient and keeps food costs for Americans among the lowest in the world. But it comes at a very high cost for the animals involved and puts human health greatly at risk, as many animals are given large doses of antibiotics.

Perhaps it is time that more farmers change their practices, and that more consumers in the United States demand changes and support farmers who practice humane treatment.



Fight for freedoms

How refreshing to read that our governor was scheduled to expound on the godly foundations of our state and nation at an event (“Brownback calling on ‘freedom fighters’ in Wichita,” March 27 WE Blog excerpts).

Yes, America is in the worst moral decline of her existence. And, yes, there is a brainless and illogical attempt to drive the notion of a holy, pure and blessing God from the hearts and minds of the people.

Those who love the God-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness need to rise up and take our beloved America back.

Are we so devoid of conscience that we can’t see the sick and perverse pollution that is rendering our homes silent to mercy, love, peace and joy? Rise up and proclaim the liberty and blessed life found in God alone.

I, for one, will no longer stand silent while the destroyers of our friends and loved ones and children rattle on in their perverse and destructive babble in an effort to bring the most beloved nation ever conceived in the heart of God to its knees.

Yes, it is time for freedom fighters to rise. Let the world know there is a God who loves them and cares for them.



Chavez’s example

Lest we forget what it’s like to have a dream and then struggle through adversity, bigotry and oppression to reach it, view the film “Cesar Chavez” while you can. May Chavez’s example and memory live long. Viva la Huelga!



Thankful for mute

Most any hour of TV usually gives us half the time on entertainment and the other half on ads, ads and more ads. The most popular invention ever made is the mute button.



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