TO THE EDITOR:
The most recent example of the President’s close ties to the unions of this country is when he refused to rescind the Jones Act in an emergency following the Gulf oil spill. Within two weeks of the spill, 13 foreign governments reached out to the United States, offering assistance.
However, the Jones Act requires ships working in U.S. waters to be built, operated and owned by Americans, thus protecting union jobs. President Obama has refused to lift the band and refused international help. He has turned away ships that can clean up the oil because he does not want to offend his union friends. He has chosen to ignore the pleas of the folks in the Gulf to help save their jobs, industries, marine habitat and way of life. How arrogant is this?
One has to wonder whether the President really wants to prevent the oil from reaching the shore. ...
It appears the President wants to politicize the oil spill and put greater emphases on certain alternative energy sources e.g. wind and solar.
The best source is nuclear. Again the environmentalists have greatly hampered licensing of new plants. Without expanding our domestic oil production, our electricity, gasoline, and heating oil costs will skyrocket.
One look at the Service Employees International Union and its former head, Andy Stern who was the most frequent guest of the White House last year, will show how sold out to the unions the president is. ...
— Annie Humphrey
To read the entire letter, see the July 15 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.