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Pay fair share
Now that the president has approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, Congress should modify the legislation that funds the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
Currently, the fund collects nine cents per barrel of domestic and imported crude oil and petroleum products.
But the law exempts tar sands and shale oil from paying into the fund that is designed to help pay for oil spill cleanup efforts.
Crude oil produced from tar sands is thicker, dirtier and more acidic than normal crude oil and a spill would be more damaging to the environment and more difficult and costly to remediate.
If construction is to proceed, the oil carried by this pipeline must pay its fair share into the cleanup trust fund.
There is no logical reason why tar sands crude should be treated any differently than any other type of oil product.
Robert W. Killam,
Learn from the source
As a social work student, I was disappointed after reading Mr. Williams' column. In an age where information is readily at our fingertips, via the internet, one can only assume ignorance is born out of apathy.
Even though acceptance and research about the transgender community is relatively limited, resources are available to learn more about their experiences.
As a female who identifies with the gender I was assigned at birth, I cannot speak about what a transgender person goes through during transition.
However, from what I understand, transitioning (taking steps to become one's preferred gender) can be physically and emotionally difficult.
I found it insulting to compare their journey to two individuals who appropriated another ethnicity for personal gain. It seems absurd to assume someone would go to those lengths to gain an advantage at winning a medal/trophy.
The only thing unfair about a transgender person going through transition to play on a team the person identifies with, is facing criticism from people who do not, nor wish to, understand their choices.
Instead of worrying about what bathroom transgender people will use, or what sports teams they will play on, I hope we can become better informed on what being a transgender individual means -- ideally from the source.
Their voices have been silenced, but that does not mean questioning one's assigned gender is a new development in our history.