This is coupled with the administration's preposterous plan to have us dependent on 80% "clean energy," which deceptively includes "clean coal" and nuclear, by 2035. This kind of irresponsible governing will result in economic ruin long before then, especially without a regime change in Washington in 2012.
Daniel B. Jeffs
Apple Valley, Calif.
In the first oil crunch in 1973, America's first response was to accelerate the exploitation of the domestic petroleum supply. Wags of the day dubbed this the "Drain America first" policy.
In the intervening 38 years, we have proven to be exceptionally slow learners. The president has dusted off an old Nixon speech about what to do, and we continue the process. Each year we go further up into the tundra, and deeper into the oceans, to drain what's left. Predictably, the amount of foreign oil we use has continued to climb.
Hurdles to a job
Re "Is asking for work a crime?," Editorial, March 30
With the civil rights movement, I thought we were done passing laws directed against disfavored groups, especially those that exclude where people can stand or sit.
These anti-dayworker laws, enacted in so many municipalities, are not only, as you say, "clumsy" and "ill-conceived," they are blatantly discriminatory, unjust, mean-spirited and inhibit a sense of civic friendship. Moreover, they deprive persons of their most cherished capability — the dignity of working for their livelihood.
Douglas J. Miller
Re "Another Schlafly attack on feminism," Opinion, March 31
My younger sisters fell for the anti-feminist propaganda and courageously spent their working lives manning the home front, caring for children and spouses and holding full-time jobs to pay the bills. Now my sisters approach retirement from these low-paying jobs with little but Social Security to support them.
My anger at Phyllis Schlafly rages once again. Her pompous rhetoric gave employers permission to devalue the work they did both financially and with limited opportunity for promotion.
How dare Schlafly continue to tell hardworking women to feel guilt for needing to work outside the home. It is no honor to be treated with such contempt.