Letters to the Editor

Letters on election, fossil fuels, drug profits

Country will reap what was sowed

I will go to my dying day trying to understand the hypocrisy of Nov. 8. Members of the GOP’s conservative flock throw out their chest and shout with pride that they are the true party to push biblical teaching and Godly values. Yet many of these same people supported a candidate who preached nothing but hate-filled rhetoric about dividing all those who don’t live up to his ideals of “what makes this country great.”

There is another biblical truth that very much applies to what has just politically occurred in this country: “Whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

The results of the presidential election has proven two things.

If someone shouts “fire” long enough and loud enough, people will believe there is one.

Those same people won’t care what’s used to put that fire (real or fictitious) out as long as the results will “bring real change.”

That’s the very important question that all Americans are now going to have to ask themselves for the next four years: Will the fire be put out with true unity and working across the table before this house we call democracy burns down, or will the solution by those now in charge only fuel the fire with destructive finality?

All Americans need to watch carefully what the “changes” coming will be. It was some who sowed them, but it will be all of us who have to reap the results.

Stephen W. Lincoln, Wichita

Fossil fuel reality

Edward Cross recently wrote that we need to “base U.S. energy policy on reality” (Oct. 17 Opinion), but he needs to re-examine his view of reality.

For example, crude oil production has risen 72 percent under President Obama. Environmental Protection Agency regulations protect our health and the environment from those who look only at profit. Fossil fuels do not pay their external costs of health and environmental damage.

Hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides from internal combustion engines are responsible for ozone pollution. Ozone produces smog, corrodes metals, rots rubber, attacks plants and destroys people’s lung tissue. Disposal wells from fracking have caused a tremendous increase in the amount of earthquake damage.

Our energy policy must take into account that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing, the temperature of the Earth is rising, the oceans are becoming more acidic, glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, sea levels are rising, and weather-related natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more costly.

The reality is that it’s time to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources as soon as practical.

J.C. Moore, Kechi

Not that profitable

A letter writer feels that the cost of drugs are resulting in record profits for the drug companies and, thus, the companies are preying on the sick (Nov. 8 Letters to the Editor). I don’t know if their dollar profits are at a record, but in terms of recent values of the important investment criteria of return on invested capital or return on equity, the overall health care sector is way behind – in fifth place behind expendable and durable consumer products, and their outlets, and the amorphous category of conglomerates.

Rather than invest in pharmaceuticals, you’d do much better (about 3 to 1) putting your money into beverages, home improvement products, aerospace, airlines or restaurants – but even better in casinos and armored car services.

Harry R. Clements, Wichita

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