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Letters to the editor, August 19

Aerial spraying risky

No one likes being bitten by mosquitoes or suffering from the West Nile virus. But there are some of us who also do not like the idea of having our families and the eco­system put at risk by aerial spraying.

We do not like bureaucrats sending a fleet of planes by night to contaminate our private property and the air that we breathe.

We may be able to count the number of persons harmed by the West Nile virus, but the bad effects of insecticides may never be fully understood. A substance that is poisonous enough to kill mosquitoes when sprayed by a plane hundreds of feet above the surface of land and water cannot seriously be called safe.

And there is no insecticide that can only kill mosquitoes. There is no aerial substance that confines itself to the outline of a city map.

Continue to inform the public about how to protect themselves from mosquito bites, encourage proper management of water and beneficial predators of mosquitoes, and report on ways to combat the threat of the West Nile virus that are environmentally friendly and supportive of the rights and responsibilities of property owners.

Maria Brossard,


Radical president

When Harry Truman was president, he had a plaque in his office that read, “The Buck Stops Here.” President Obama needs one that reads, “The Buck Will Never Stop Here.”

From day one, this president has blamed everybody else for his dismal failures and re­cently accused our Founding Fathers because they formed our Constitution, which he has disdain for because it poses a stumbling-block to his radical agenda.

This man wants to be a dictator, and if given four more years, he and his cronies will probably achieve that goal.

The Obamas do not care one iota for this country or its people. We are drowning in debt, yet this president continues to fly around this country three or four times a week, spreading his windbag lies, costing U.S. taxpayers multi-millions of dollars.

The Air Force estimates that it costs $181,757 per hour every time Air Force One is the air. 

This does not include the cost of Marine One, or the transportation cost for the Secret Service agents or overtime pay for local police departments in the cities he visits.

Then, the Obamas take their multi-million dollar vacations without any regard for the financial condition of this country.

I personally do not think he is a natural-born citizen of this country, and someday the truth will come out, but it will be too late to save our country from his radical policies

C.E. Bressler,


Head out

Get out of the house again. When I tell folks here we went to Amarillo, they say, “I’m sorry.”

Wait a minute, there’s lots to do there.

When we arrived the weather was good, forecast to rain heavy the next day, so the smart thing was to drive to Canyon and the Palo Duro Canyon, the second-largest canyon in the USA, 120 miles long, 20 miles wide and 800 feet deep, with cactus, and even richer colored layers of rock.

I suggest you take the family here before taking them to the Grand Canyon.

In Canyon there is the extensive Panhandle-Plains History Museum, still expanding today.

Sure enough, heavy rain the next day. At least the locals were thankful for it. We saw the old remnants of Route 66 here, too.

We found Cadillac Ranch, 10 ancient Cadillacs partially buried nose down in a farmer’s field. We trudged the length of a football field, rain-soaked, dodging cow patties, mud caking heavier on our shoes every step. Fulfilling tradition, we spray painted the Cadillacs.

Back in Amarillo are several museums, a large mall and good restaurants. If you’re really hungry, drive east until seeing the giant steer. If you can devour a 72-ounce steak, it’s free.

Further east is Groom, which boasts a 190-foot cross, surrounded by life-size bronze Stations of the Cross.

Leaving Amarillo, we spotted Volks­wagen Ranch, something for everyone.

Jim Stodola,


Love of country

I dearly love this United States of Amer­ica.

However, I often feel that our country is no longer united. We can come together in times of disaster over a foolish and hurtful act carried out by someone who kills for no reason.

I still believe we are a good people. We still have heart and compassion for others.

There seems to be a difference in the way we look at things. Even the Supreme Court cannot agree anymore on what should or shouldn’t be. There are attacks on privately owned businesses because of certain held beliefs for what is right or wrong.

There are people who are here illegally, yet want the same rights as citizens who fight and go against our laws.

Politicians will not agree to do what’s best for all Americans, not just for the blacks or His­panics or whites or Asians, but all who are here to make this nation a better place than it was 100 years ago.

We’ve come a long way, but there are still too many conflicts holding us back from being the strongest and best we can be.

I pray it doesn’t take another instance like we had on Sept. 11, 2001, to put us back on track to care for and appreciate one another. I’m fearful for all the turmoil and strife we sometimes create for ourselves, when there are other nations that still want to destroy us.

If you haven’t given any thought to these things, please do. It’s important if we want to continue as one nation under God.

Jack Cox,


Missing the point

Larry Beck completely ignores my main point, which is not whether the global warming is occurring but that his crowd attacks anyone who dares to disagree with or doubt any of his (or their) arguments.

I noticed an article a few days ago stating that several “scientists” have their own doubts about CO2 content correlating with warming to the extent claimed by the people claiming that humans alone have caused this, or that people can correct it readily by the passage of rigidly controlling legislation.

Joe V. Ratliff,