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Published: Friday, 3/30/2012


New span won't help Toledo

Who are these people who keep saying a new bridge from Detroit to Canada will revive our area ("Build the bridge," editorial, March 25)?

The fancy Veterans' Glass City Skyway bridge, from which ice drops on cars during the winter, and which always seems to have orange barrels lined up for a lane closure, didn't do anything to revive the Toledo area.

Revival will come to this area only when voters replace the old gangs in Congress, the Toledo City Council, the Lucas County commissioners, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, the Regional Growth Partnership, and all the appointed, know-it-all czars in between.

Charles Dersher



Keystone pipeline will fuel foreigners

Should we believe Republican claims that oil from the Keystone XL pipeline would reduce gasoline prices in the United States ("All of the above," editorial, March 23)?

This pipeline was never intended to supply oil to our country. The election-year posturing by Koch Industries Inc., the Kansas-based energy conglomerate that some media outlets say plays a role in the pipeline's development, and the Republican Tea Party cabal is meant to disguise the pipeline's real intent.

The pipeline terminates at the Gulf of Mexico. Koch Industries could maximize profits by exporting oil to the highest bidders in Europe and Latin America.

As a consequence of this policy, the United States can look forward to oil refinery shutdowns in the Midwest, with resulting rises in gas prices nationwide.

Paul Szymanowski

Curtice, Ohio

Where's outrage from left on gas?

As the cost of a gallon of gasoline hovers around $4 per gallon, I wonder where the outrage from the left is, now that President Obama's oil buddies are getting rich ("Who is to blame for high gas prices? President's influence more long-term than short," March 18).

So $4 a gallon for gas under President Obama is OK, but under former President George W. Bush it would not have been OK?

Joe Kutchenriter, Jr.



Synthetic oil could solve energy woes

Increasing the use of synthetic oil would help end our dependency on crude oil, build a work force, and improve the economy ("Energy policy has little effect on jobs, prices," op-ed column, March 18).

Why don't we hear more about this option? We could produce synthetic oil here in America.

Wade Born

East Streicher Street

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