Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

December 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/06/2013

Doesn’t make sense

In a recent letter to the editor an oil and gas industry spokesman argued that all is well with the responsible oil and gas development in the United States and that those of us who ideologically oppose hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling are irrationally spreading misinformation.

When I first learned of “fracking,” my trustworthy intuitions told me to learn more about this extraction process, as it relates to larger societal issues and especially as it relates to human and other-than-human health. Ultimately this issue to me is one of our capitalist economy disregarding the needs of all life for clean water, clean air, intact ecosystems and right relationships with each other and Earth.

More specifically, I cannot make rational sense of permanently removing from the hydrological cycle the amount of water in seven to eight Olympic-size swimming pools per frack. The water on this planet is all we have.

Fracking is making lots of money for a few and keeping food on the tables of many … and I am glad that it has us talking about other necessities of life as well.

Laura Franseen

Suttons Bay

Victims were helpless

A recent letter writer naively states universal background checks would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Criminals ignore laws and the mentally unstable can be cunning enough to get around such checks, assuming they have been adjudicated a danger to themselves or others in the first place.

However, the thrust of the letter seems to be that a good guy with a gun is more dangerous to potential victims than a bad guy with a gun. The writer fails to explain how Aurora or Newtown could have been worse. The only good guys with guns were police, and they got there too late.

Text Only

Opinion Poll
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow