Free Speech Letters, 8/9/11

Cain, Cain, he’s our man!
Who has the highest positive intensity score for 10 straight weeks?
Who has the highest strongly favorable rating among the candidates?
Who has the lowest strongly unfavorable rating?
Herman Cain, a businessman from Georgia does! He accomplishes all of this while his name recognition is not among the highest. Why is this? Herman Cain’s ideas are common sense solutions. He knows that you have to work on the right problem, ask the right questions, and surround yourself with the right people. He has a specific plan to bring jobs back to America quickly and clean up the mess left by the Obama administration. His positions on immigration and energy independence are also essential to taking back this country!
What would you choose — a tested leader or a reader? Do you want the same old typical politician or a successful businessman that knows how to balance a budget, create jobs and manage people? If you are sick and tired of being lied to, worrying about job security and believe as I do that this country needs real change, vote Herman.
Alex Clausen
Cincinnati, Ohio

Toads and Mice = sketchballs?
That drummer has a weird look about him. I wouldn’t let my teenage daughter anywhere close to these guys. I will be at Blind Bob’s on Friday though and I will throw a slice of pizza at that drummer. Hmmph!
Michael Tsarion
Dayton, Ohio
[RE: “Undress” by Kyle Melton, 8/2/11]

A beardy tour?
It took me quite a few listens to wrap my head around this monster, but Let It Beard is a masterpiece. People don’t release albums like this anymore. Please, Bob, we’re begging you – tour for this album!
Ron Rivers
[RE: “Guided by Spaceships” by Benjamin Dale, 8/2/11]

Fracking too costly
I’ve seen Gasland and think that fracking should be outlawed in the way it has been used since Cheney formed the secret select committee to begin such a dangerous and irresponsible way to extract natural gas. I don’t feel anyone has the right to make a profit while endangering the environment and putting people’s health at risk. You really can’t separate your property from those around you when it comes to the water supply. When it comes to the Earth and its water supply, one neighbor can contaminate the supply for millions. In the end, the cost to the Earth and its inhabitants is far too great to allow anyone to play such a game of chance for a fleeting profit.
Betty Myers
[RE: “No Fracking Way?” by David H. Landon, 8/2/11]

Who does the natural gas belong to?
[In response to the “What the Frack?” article, normally I would take Mark Luedtke’s laissez-faire position, but this week I have to disagree as] it is impossible for individual landowners to negotiate with gas and oil companies, unless one absurdly assumes the laws of fluid dynamics recognize the county’s parcel boundaries. Assume there is a large deposit sitting under my and my neighbors’ lands. If I sell my rights, how does the fracker only take what is “mine?” [There are estimates, but they have error and drillers are notorious for aiming anywhere but straight down.] The truth is I co-own this deposit with my neighbors, but if I sell my rights first I may get the biggest paycheck. [Mark as an electrical engineer you should know the first ground wire that touches the capacitor drains it.] By selling “my rights,” I’ve unjustly enriched myself at the expense of my neighbors. It’s the community’s decision through its government to assess fracking’s risks.  Lawmakers could alleviate injustice by recognizing all land as common property.  Examples are seen with Alaska’s mineral rights and land ownership in Arden, Del. and Fairhope, Ala. Finally, a reflection on the words of Thomas Jefferson: “The Earth belongs in usufruct to the living … he might during his own life, eat up the usufruct of the lands for several generations to come, and then the lands would belong to the dead and not to the living.”
Matthew Naab
[RE: “Debate Forum Right: Government is the problem. Property rights are the solution” by Mark Luedtke, 8/2/11]

Being a locavore: a process
I think you did great for your first week! I found going local, green, etc. is a gradual process. It does grow on you! I get my extra virgin olive oil from Trader Joe’s for half that price. It’s a big bottle, but from Maryland. At least it’s still in America, right? The 2nd Street Market is still my favorite farmers market around.
Bridget Ceaglin
[RE: “Living la vida local” by Jennifer Hanauer, 6/29/11]

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