Your Views Wednesday, Feb. 26
Dems should stop attacking each other
The array of candidates vying to be their party's nominee for president would be well advised to learn from history and cease attacking opposition candidates within the party. Attempting to elevate oneself by demeaning one or more opponent ironically serves to largely save the challenged incumbent considerable "opposition research money!"
Imagine instead a scenario wherein each candidate demonstrates the programs and the salient strengths required of an effective chief executive (woefully lacking in the incumbent). Absent attacks on fellow candidates allows the "arena" to be reserved for the voters and the pundits.
Lastly, and equally important, each candidate pledges, no matter who is chosen, he or she will support that slate vigorously and will urge all followers to do likewise, especially back home.
Much work will be needed in the states and districts to oust supporters of the incumbent. Your sweat back home will be needed in the form of your telephone, your computer and your shoe leather. Oh, yes, and your wallet or your purse as well!
Frank Silovsky, Oklahoma City
The presidency is not up for auction
I have participated in presidential elections since Dwight Eisenhower and have always assumed that in this country the candidate selected will be the person receiving the most votes, not the one with the most dollars. I simply will not vote for any candidate, irrespective of any other qualifications he or she might offer, who has the audacity to attempt to turn our democracy into a plutocracy.
Several of the Democratic candidates have persuasively identified a major weakness in our economy. Government policies have enabled a tiny segment of the population to hold an enormous portion of the country's resources, while a much larger population are homeless. Electing someone who has benefited from these policies should more reasonably be attempted by our Republican neighbors. Good luck with that, but I don't think they will succeed. The presidency is not up for auction.
Bert Rackett, Oklahoma City
Sanders’ fundraising a sad commentary
The fact that Bernie Sanders, an avowed communist and millionaire who has never had a job that wasn’t paid for by taxes, is the leading Democratic fundraiser in Oklahoma shows how completely our educational system has broken down.
Ben Gadd, Oklahoma City
Let’s keep the good energy news coming
Regarding “Report offers more good energy news” (Our Views, Feb. 14): If there is one thing that people working in oil and green-energy activists can both agree on, it is that boosting efficiency should be a top priority. As the article notes, when efficiency goes up, yield goes up while emissions are reduced. That said, it takes quite a while to get into the pool when you are just dipping your toes in the water; sometimes you need a push. There are more opportunities to increase efficiency, and in doing so get a better bang for your buck and reduce emissions further than the 1.5%-2.1% cited in the article. A fee levied on carbon emissions could be just the push that petroleum companies need to increase their investments in efficiency today.
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a bill in Congress that offers an efficient and economically sound policy. This bill proposes a fee on carbon production that would start out low and incrementally increase yearly. Companies would have time to adjust and invest in increased efficiency while emissions would be reduced by 40% within 12 years. Any increase in consumer costs would be offset because the fee goes directly back to American citizens in the form of a monthly dividend. Contact your member of Congress about this bill, HR 763, and let’s keep the good energy news coming!
Joel Steinberg, Oklahoma City