Reader letters, May 21

May 20, 2014

We’ve made progress

To the editor:

We’ve come a long way in a short period of time.

It wasn’t too long ago when we led the world in manufacturing, technology and education.  We were universally respected in the world and had allies that would stand shoulder to shoulder with us.  Today we are a diminished country that has lost its ability to compete in the global economy.  We have alienated any and all allies we had and our young people have none of the basic skills needed to compete in today’s economy, much less a trade that would allow them to earn a living that would enable them to raise a family.  Our economy was built on two factors:  a supply of affordable energy and a willing and eager workforce.  Today we have neither.  We (that means you and I) have allowed special interests and political contributions to stop us from becoming energy independent.  For many years we have bestowed the wealth of our nation upon the Middle Eastern countries that hate us and continue to support terrorism.

Some fairly simple actions could radically change the current situation our economy is in including the following

Fast track all energy initiatives including the XL Pipeline, drilling and fracking efforts and the export of LNG, which is currently being highly restricted. We could be energy independent in a matter of a very few years and stop the hemorrhaging of our money flow to the east.

Bruce Gardner

Waynesville

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