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Published: Thursday, 6/5/2014

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

High cost of gas cuts into activity

How can an average family afford to do anything when gasoline is so expensive (“Gas prices up to $3.99 at many area stations; Local fill-ups cost more than the U.S. average,” May 31)?

A January, 2014, press release from ExxonMobil states its 2013 fourth-quarter profits were $8.4 billion. Couldn’t it be satisfied with half that amount and make gasoline affordable?

If gas cost less, more money would be spent for vacations, clothes, eating out, and visiting relatives. As it stands, everyone loses, except for the oil companies.

SHARON TOBIAN

Adella Street

 

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Don’t forget the fallen on D-Day

June 6, 2014, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France that began the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II (“Putin to join Obama, others at D-Day event,” May 9).

America’s greatness was on full display in the fight to free Europe, because the United States was the only country that could deliver the military might for this vast undertaking. But it came at a high price: More than 100,000 American troops who never made it home are buried in cemeteries across Europe.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to these incredibly brave soldiers who never returned from battle. They must never be forgotten. We should pause on June 6 to honor their heroics, which in large part are the reason we enjoy our freedom today.

Those who criticize America, or who call our nation arrogant, or who want us to apologize for our past endeavors insult our heritage and trivialize the accomplishments of the fallen of every generation.

America must always remember the legacy of those who are buried in European cemeteries, and apologize to no one as it continues the fight for freedom around the world.

RICHARD KETTEMAN

Sylvania

 

Keep details of killers out of news

I am sick and tired of reading the names and watching the videos of people who want to kill others just to get their 15 minutes of fame (“Siege leaves attacker, 6 others dead; Gunman issued threats in video before slayings,” May 25).

Massacres have to be reported, but why don’t media outlets just list the victims and keep the name and details of the perpetrator out of the paper and off TV?

DOUG GUHL

Garden Ridge Drive



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