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Updated: March 28, 2013 6:06AM



Don’t give Obama a hard time about oil drilling

A recent letter stated that Obama was against drilling for oil out west and adding pipelines, costing our country good union jobs. That is just about as close as one can get from telling the truth. It ranks right up there with when President Bush said on national TV that we weren’t in a recession. He hit the nail on the head: We were close to a depression. Not to worry for the rich, just working-class Americans.

The writer said Obama banned drilling for tar sand oil and it would cost our country good union jobs. Why blame Obama? Pipelines would have to be installed. The tar sand would have to be extracted with steam shovels causing a mess. The tar sand oil is the same type being sent to the BP’s Whiting refinery, creating jobs for union workers to upgrade the plant so gasoline and other by-products can be extracted from tar sand oil with a lot of steam. I would estimate that over 98 percent of the workers were union and the other 2 percent management but drawing better-than-union wages. It’s like that old saying, “You can’t beat that even with a stick.” I haven’t heard complaints from management over costs of upgrading their Whiting plant — equipment costs not labor union worker costs.

I’ve heard it said Obama backed down when he found out most of that tar sand oil would be going to China and the U.S. would be footing the bill. We need to cut Obama some slack and let him lead. That’s why he was elected with help from that 47 percent that the Republicans didn’t want to vote — they voted 100 percent for Obama.

John M. Bonich

Crown Point

Tell comedians to stop the insulting jokes about Jesus

I have noticed that comics on TV increasingly ridicule and insult Jesus. As a Christian I resent their poor judgment and find this insulting. “Saturday Night Live” had a skit about Jesus rising from the dead, then killing his enemies with an assault rifle. Not amusing!

Steven Colbert often portrays Jesus as a wimp and makes insulting comments about him. On a recent stand-up comic show, the comedian started his gig by stating that Jesus was a myth and never lived, etc. I presume he never heard of the Roman historian Josephus, who lived at the time and reported about Jesus. Rather than listen to him, I turned the channel.

We need to make these people know we do not appreciate their sick and insulting humor! Our early Christians died to defend Jesus’ honor. The least we can do is call or write the program to stop!

Richard Dykstra

Valparaiso

Philpot just one of many pols who need to do prison time

Philpot deserves the cooler ... like many of those before him.

We don’t need people like him in Lake County. We have had more than our share.

Bye-bye, Tom.

Howard Cyrus

Highland



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