Letters to the Editor

Letter to Editor – Re-claim U.S. Energy Independence

Vladimir Putin is a despicable character, responsible for many wrongs worldwide. But do not blame him for high gas prices, higher interest rates, or inflation in the U.S. These are results of faulty decisions and actions by the Biden Administration.

Immediately upon taking office, Joe Biden took steps to disable the U.S. Energy Industry. He and other climate maniacs shut down the Keystone Pipeline, terminated drilling permits on Federal land and elsewhere, and imposed additional regulatory restrictions on oil and gas production. In this single swipe of his Executive Order pen, Biden put in motion the forces we are confronting today. It is all under his mantra “leave all fossil fuels where they belong – in the ground.” He has frittered away U.S. energy independence that has taken 50 years to achieve.

Biden’s energy policy ignores some basic facts.

  1. It will take many years for renewable energy programs to dent our need for oil and gas.

  2. In fact, geologists and other scientists estimate our consumption of fossil fuels will continue to INCREASE for at least 50 years regardless of the growth of renewable energy or how many electric cars are sold.

  3. The production of electric cars, and batteries are heavily dependent upon energy, which comes from oil and gas.

  4. The growing U.S. Economy is many times bigger than just the auto industry and will continue to be dependent upon oil and gas during that time. That is why increasing oil prices are leading to inflation because higher energy costs trickle down to many of our goods and services, increasing their prices.

Biden now recognizes some of this. So, he has decided to import more oil to address our current shortage. He first turned to OPEC which has rejected his request to increase oil production. He is now pursuing other sources like Venezuela, despite its unfavorable nation status. Soon he will be asking Iran for oil. Yet he ignores the prospect of increasing Canadian oil imports via the Keystone Pipeline or other sources. And he still refuses to re-ignite our American energy industry.

Through all this Biden’s policy ignores a huge American asset. The U.S. has more proven oil and gas resources in the ground than the rest of the world. Our energy assets should be a huge economic advantage at home, and in supporting our allies in Europe and elsewhere, and to the benefit of our trade imbalance. These are strategic advantages that he disregards at his peril, and ours. In the mid-term elections, vote for candidates who will re-claim our energy independence.

Gerry Giesler

Greensboro, GA

Letter to Editor

In his letter to editor in last week’s Lake Oconee News, Robert Dendtler blasts Republicans for voting against veterans. Mr. Dendtler does not tell you the whole story.

 

The PACT Act is a bipartisan bill to provide greater access to specialized medical care for veterans exposed while serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. One example is burn pit exposure where veterans have encountered chronic ailments from exposure to harsh chemicals from burning of hazardous waste. The Pact Act passed in Congress and is awaiting the President’s signature.

Many Republicans voted against this bill because they favored an alternative bill that would have provided a more definitive list of covered exposures and a fiscally conservative budget whereas the Democrat sponsored PACT bill was open-ended in both regards.

It is not unusual to have two separate bills moving through Congress at the same time and to have negotiations to resolve the differences. The Democrat control of the House short circuits that process and allows more expensive and all-inclusive legislation to move forward. That was the case here despite efforts by Republicans to control the cost.

Mr. Dendtler chose not to tell you that side of the story in suggesting Republicans do not care about Veterans. But throughout our history, Republicans have been far more supportive of the military and Veterans than have the Democrats. Consider the many accomplishments supporting the military and veterans during the Trump administration. In contrast, there is the recent fiasco in Afghanistan allowed by the Biden Administration, stranding military people and equipment valued in the $ billions to achieve a poorly planned exit.

Gerry Giesler

Term Limits

Ask any responsible citizen about term limits on U.S. Congress men and women, and Senators, and you will get an earful. 70- and 80-year-old men and women serving into 30- and 40-year terms is not acceptable. Eighty-two percent of the U.S population supports the establishment of term limits. They will recite countless examples of individuals who have clearly overstayed their usefulness—both Democrats and Republicans. A U.S President cannot serve more than two terms (8 years). Most if not all U.S Corporations have an age limit for their top officers. People over 70 know about diminished capacity and rigor that come with age, and what we think should be demanding jobs in Congress, assuming they are done right. This is a “no brainer”! Why has this country endured over 245 years without implementing reasonable term limits?

Ideally of course, the terms of our representatives would be self limiting in the normal course of the election process. Ineffective politicians would be weeded out. But that assumes voters are involved and informed and vote for the most qualified candidate. With Congress approval rating plummeting to all-time lows, it is clear the voters are not doing their job, continuing to elect politicians who are not doing their jobs. When our representatives stop carrying out the will of the people, we must vote them out. Voter frustration with the current situation has led to the call for more definitive term limits.

Achieving term limits is complicated, and political. All paths to setting term limits must confront the formidable process of amending the U.S. Constitution. And most such efforts would require support of some kind from the Representatives whose terms we threaten to limit. That support is unlikely. Term Limit Legislation has failed in Congress on four separate occasions. And the Supreme Court has decided that States’ efforts to limit the terms of federal officeholders are unconstitutional. Another impediment is deciding what is a reasonable term limit. It varies by the perceived effectiveness (or, often, the likeability) of the representative. If someone is doing the job, why would we shut them down after two or even three terms? Agreement on whether to have term limits, and specific numbers are hard to achieve. Would three terms for Representatives (6 years) be right? How about 12 years (Two terms) for Senators? Settling this would require consensus of opinions that vary widely. These differences are highlighted by our politicians as a reason to delay action on setting term limits.

There is a path to achieve term limits. The Term Limits Convention (A Convention of States, not a Constitutional Convention) would use the procedures set forth in Article V of the U.S Constitution to achieve congressional term limits. The Convention outcome is not a state law like those the Supreme Court struck down. It is a constitutional call-to-action that triggers automatically when ¾ of state legislatures have demanded it. And the states do not need the permission of Congress to propose a Constitutional amendment. Assuming such a Convention can be organized, and that the convention can focus upon a common wording of the desired term limits, then either ¾ of State Legislatures, or ¾ of State Ratifying Conventions are needed to advance a Constitutional Amendment.

So where does this leave us? It is a long and difficult road to achieve Term Limits with no estimated time of arrival. We should not hold our breath for this to happen. If you want to act, check into U.S. Term Limits (www.ustermlimits.org), an organization that has made progress. Rick Santorum has joined and is promoting the Convention of States Project (www.conventionofstates.com). These organizations will need widespread support and will have to combine their efforts to be successful.

Meanwhile, we need an action plan to educate our voters through our schools, our local precincts, and yes, our local political parties. We need an active role by the local party leaders to vet and promote candidates who listen to the needs and preferences of the voters and will respond to them. Support organizations like ivoterguide (www.ivoterguide.com), that actively measure and report on the performance of our elected officials, their voting records, their attendance in the legislature, how they are managing “our” money, etc. Call or write letters telling your politicians what their priorities should be and how you want them to vote on specific issues. If they do not respond, or you do not agree, do not vote for them. Write letters to your newspapers. Make phone calls to representative and to your friends. Become an informed voter, make your vote count. This is our responsibility as citizens. Even without Term Limits, this will make the democratic process more effective for the people and by the people.

 

Gerry Giesler

Pearl Harbor – “A Day of Infamy”

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a massive attack on Pearl Harbor, the bastion of U.S Naval Power in the Pacific. It was a total surprise. Our defense was heroic but inadequate. The devastation was catastrophic. 2400+ American lives were lost, and another 1000+ wounded. Twenty U.S. Naval vessels were damaged or destroyed, including eight battleships. Over three hundred planes were obliterated before they could get airborne.

There were questions then. How could we be caught off-guard? Who is to blame for the loss? Were politics involved – did some want this to bring the U.S. into World War II? Could we recover from this? But this noise was drowned out by the clatter of reconstruction. The port was rebuilt. Most of the ships were brought back into service. A monumental war effort was launched there and around the country. The Navy recovered and within 18 months was able to defeat the Japanese navy at Midway. The leadership, determination, commitment, perseverance, and success there was mirrored throughout the military and across the country as America dove deeper into the war effort. And America plowed forward believing God was on our side. The result is recorded in history,

There are questions now. Do we have the leadership to unite all the people, inspire Patriotism, or do we think we can mandate it? Do we have a fighting force that will go to the end of the earth for our country? Can we respond to a crisis fast enough or will we debate it until the opportunity has passed? Will the media buoy us up or chop us down? Do we believe that we still have God on

our side?

As we recognize the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we need to make sure our leaders are up to such a task, getting us increasingly ready for any eventuality, and focusing on uniting the States of America as we did in 1941.

Gerry Giesler

Greensboro, GA

 

Letter to Editor –

 

The Irony of it all Braves win! Braves win a sweet World Series victory in 6 games over the Houston Astros. Many individual heroes but most of all, a team effort. After winning “only” 88 games in the regular season, the Braves went on a tear in the playoffs and the World Series. Atlanta can be proud of this whole team effort. In the process, the Braves overcame the Astros woke politics, and a pandemic. Last summer, Major League Baseball (MLB) decided to enter politics and moved the All Star game from Atlanta to Denver. This was in protest against Georgia’s new election law they called “racist”. In their grandstanding fury, MLB did not bother to check Colorado’s election laws which are in fact more restrictive than those passed in Georgia. In any case, their inappropriate meddling cost Atlanta millions in lost revenues. But the World Series win now required MLB to hand over the leagues’ most cherished trophy to Atlanta and the Braves. Plus, millions of $ from MLB will now flow back to Atlanta in the form of Players awards for their victories in the playoffs and the World Series. Did someone say “poetic justice”? Jorge Soler, the Braves outfielder, had a positive Covid-19 test at the end of the regular season. His quarantine caused him to miss the early rounds of the playoffs. But he came back for the World Series. The Braves and their fans were of course happy about that as he hit 3 Home Runs in the 6 games, all of which put his team ahead at the time. The last of his home runs, putting the Braves ahead 3-0 in game 6 in Houston , went “over the stadium, across the railroad tracks, and half-way to Dallas” according to one play-by- play announcer. Jorge was awarded the Most Valuable Player award by MLB. In the year of the Pandemic, nothing could more symbolize our ability to overcome. All Georgians and baseball fans around the world know about the “tomahawk chop”, the resounding chant by fans to inspire the Braves In the year of wokeness, where sports teams are pressured to give up the native Indian names, it is a victory for all of us that MLB “allowed” Braves fans to do their chant in the World Series games. Could it be that sanity is returning from woke land?

Gerry Giesler

Greensboro, GA