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My Old School

She sat on top the hill and beamed as the most beautiful, eloquent and historic building in town. She was home to the many students, graduates, teachers, staff and administrators. She was so pristine, so unique and so Colonial Beach….she was a Classic!

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Signs, signs everywhere and nowhere

Whew. Never thought I’d make it through Thanksgiving what with all the talk about Christmas and Hanukkah. Now, don’t take it wrong. I love this time of year. But, I’d really like to savor each holiday, not jam them all together. It’s funny how we all get together for Thanksgiving to give thanks for what we have, and spend the next couple of days going and getting more. It’s really more sad than funny.

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We need to solve our oil problem

As we watch things unfold about disposing of chemical weapons in Syria, and counting on our ally, President Putin, to help us attain this goal, the biggest threat to peace in the future of America has yet to be addressed. At least not so anyone can see it.

That is our dependence on foreign oil from the Middle East. Why is America in all the wars we have been in for the past 20 plus years? Foreign oil.

Why did we invade Kuwait? Foreign oil.

Did we really care about Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and the treatment of his people?  Wasn’t it all about the oil?

Why did we go into Afghanistan? Was it the perpetrators of 9/11? And why did they get to hate us so much, that a terrorist group murdered 3000 of our people in one fell swoop?

All these actions in the Middle East were taken in defense of our need for oil.

According to published reports, 50% of the oil we use comes to America from the Middle East through the Straits of Hormuz and the Suez Canal, two of the most strategic bodies of water on the planet. This is where giant ocean-going tankers take the oil from Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the United States and the rest of the world. So where do we have to send our Navy ships and all the men and women who serve on them to protect our interests? Think of all the money in our defense budget to protect the foreign oil we need.

Do we really want to challenge Iran, which borders most of the land on one side of the Strait? Is that why we are so timid about their nuclear policy?

And what about our interest in Egypt? Is this why we step carefully in the Middle East, knowing that if we step too hard on the governments in the region, they can stop the economy in America dead in its tracks? Think about it.

Obama is criticized for not having a foreign policy, but what foreign policy would you propose that will keep the flow of oil to this country safe?

Obama is being called either a weak president or a genius for his actions to date on plans to bomb Syria. It was touted that he threw John Kerry, his Secretary of State, under the bus when he decided to turn the decision about bombing Syria to Congress. Now Kerry is declared a master because of his off-the-cuff remarks about what would stop an attack on Syria and why we are where we are today.

Where we are today in the negotiations may put off the strike on a country very few in America want to strike. We are all tired. We are all poorer than we used to be. We all want an end to requiring America to be the police of the world.

But we won’t get out of that position until we can do something about the lifeblood of this country– oil. Foreign oil has to become less important to our well-being in America. However, until we are less vulnerable to the countries and tribes in the Middle East, that will never happen. Because we need their oil.

We would be safer from Al-Qaeda if we were not out there trying to bring their countries into the 21st century. We embroil ourselves in fights in these countries, which have gone on ever since recorded time, just so we can get our share of the 308 million barrels of oil which travel through the Straits of Hormuz and the Suez Canal each year. And we end up protecting oil coming through the Straits not only for our country but countries like China whose oil comes through the Straits of Hormuz. Do you really want to pay for that?

We need to face up to, and discuss our dependence on foreign oil now while we are discussing the future of Syria. Maybe, through dumb luck, Obama could fall into some oil policy as he has the ongoing talks with Russia and Syria.  Maybe Kerry could suggest that if we want to do something about the world’s oil problem that we should just open  up ANWR in Alaska to drilling and let the Keystone pipeline get built.

Maybe some off-the-cuff comment could get us on an answer to our oil policy in the Middle East. Let’s  hope something like that happens.

OP-ED

Silence from the electorate places all of the power in the hands of a few elected officials.  

Election Day 2013 is now behind us, and your vote was cast.  You have done your civic duty by participating in the election process, and I thank you for making that effort.  Hopefully, you were able to acquire enough knowledge about the candidates for consideration.  Now your part is done, and you can just sit back, relax and let your elected officials take care of everything.  Unfortunately, that is exactly what a majority will do, and this results in an ineffective government.  

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Letter to the editor: The War Cries are Starting Again

To the Editor:
Ten years ago this past week, on March 20, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. The war officially ended on Dec. 15, 2011 — eight years, eight months, three weeks and four days later — when the last American forces withdrew. In the days between, hundreds of thousands of lives were altered irrevocably by death, injury, both mental and physically, not to mention the debt now estimated to be $1.5 trillion and rising.

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