Once again, you have displayed a bias against Ottawa Hills in your Oct. 31 editorial “Need for change.”
The premise seems to be that because there have been three incidents — none of which were fatal — over the past 14 years and the village’s police department has not made major changes in training, the police force is unprofessional and unprepared.
You suggest that cross-training with the Toledo Police Department might be beneficial. This would be the TPD whose officers in less than three years killed an unarmed man, shot a fellow officer, killed a mentally ill woman who brandished scissors, and killed a mentally ill man who brandished a metal pipe. This is not meant to criticize Toledo police, but to demonstrate a clear double standard by The Blade.
Police work is dangerous and difficult. I am thankful for people who willing to do the tough work and make the split-second decisions that are part of officers’ jobs. How pleasant it must be for you to pronounce judgment from your easy chairs.
Use U.S. oil to aid our nation first
While I welcome the news about the possibility of the United States becoming a major producer of oil, I remember the bill of goods the American people were sold back in the 1970s with the Alaskan oil pipeline (“U.S. poised to become biggest oil producer; Production soon could pass Saudis,” Oct. 24).
Claims of energy independence were made then, and yet the price of oil continued to rise. I’m not going to deny the companies that paid for the pipeline to make an honest profit, but at whose expense?
Oil production in the United States should first benefit the people of America, not the highest bidder in countries that take away American jobs.
If legislation has to be put forth to enforce this policy of America first, then our lawmakers need to stand up for their constituents, not their deep-pocket donors, and do what’s right for this country.
World demand affects gas prices
Retail gasoline prices of the last summer were the highest in history, despite an increase in U.S. oil production.
Our dependency upon foreign oil has decreased from roughly 60 percent to 40 percent over the last four years, the lowest level in almost 20 years.
Meanwhile, products from U.S. refineries are sold on the open market to other countries as well as domestically.
It is that open world market, supply and demand, and oil companies rightful desire to maximize profits for their own shareholders that by and large determines the price at our pumps.
Gas price jump spurs question
How come there never seems to be an investigative article in The Blade when the price of gasoline jumps by 30 cents a gallon at once, like it did late last month?