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Energy Scandal

To the Editor:

I am finding it increasingly hard to stomach the public display of angry government officials for the various financial scandals in the private sector. There is no doubt that those who conspired to produce the Enron scandal, the Wall Street research scandal, and the current mutual-fund scandal deserve whatever is coming to them. Unfortunately, under the current system, the end result will probably be that the financial industry will get a slap on the wrist and correct their mistakes by pouring more money into lobbying efforts to effectively keep the Feds in their pocket.

The collusion of our government and the oil companies is gouging the American public. While I believe in private enterprise, I also believe that the government has a responsibility to protect the public from price manipulations at the hands of a monopoly. The U.S. government recognizes the national-security implications of a steady oil supply by spending hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars using our military to protect oil-industry investments abroad.

The self-righteous government officials we see on the boob tube every night have no further to look than in the mirror to find the perpetrators of the biggest financial conspiracy against the American people.

Shep Fargotstein

Memphis

The Loony Left

To the Editor:

It's always entertaining to read the Flyer to see what sort of real and imagined evils the Loony Left is currently flailing at. The letters from Ms. Mitchel and Mr. Conway (November 6th issue) are typical, full of hateful sentiment but short on facts.

Perhaps Mitchel would feel safer if Bush were to bring back Janet Reno to protect our rights and simply have Congress and the president outlaw internal-combustion engines to deal with the domestic energy situation. The left continues to criticize the current president for his energy policies but will not allow consideration of his energy package which contains more than 100 recommendations.

Maybe Mitchel would feel safer if Gore had stolen the election in 2000. Had Gore been at the helm in the aftermath of 9/11, we would, as a nation, still be uncertain who we should apologize to.

As for Conway's assertion about poverty in this country approaching Depression levels, I can only surmise that the war on drugs did not reach him in time to salvage any critical thinking skills. Conway somehow believes that keeping taxes high or, better yet, raising taxes stimulates the economy and thereby creates jobs.

Just imagine our country under the control of the Democratic Party. We would have a foreign policy with appeasement being the order of the day. We could eliminate the Departments of State and Defense and delegate those functions to the U.N. and the French. We could have partial-birth abortions, homosexual marriage, and a guaranteed minimum wage of $25 an hour, thus eliminating poverty.

The nine dwarfs running for the Democratic nomination are an insult to the mainstream, hard-working, patriotic American voter.

Bob Morris

Bartlett

Palestinian Counterpoints

To the Editor:

Omar Amer wrote that Israel is the aggressor in the Middle East conflict, stating that the Palestinians are fighting a war "for their land, their dignity, and their right to self-determination."

Hogwash! The Palestinians turned down a generous Israeli peace offer at Camp David and a more generous offer at Taba. If independence is their goal, they could have had it for the price of a signature.

Anthony D'Agostino

Memphis

To the Editor:

56TH ANNIVERSARY OF PALESTINIAN STATE CELEBRATED: You could have seen that headline in the near future, if the Arabs had accepted the United Nations partition plan in 1947. But to do so, they would have had to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. Instead, they chose violence.

The letter by a Palestinian sympathizer in the November 6th issue doesn't mention any of this. And, speaking of Palestine:

When was it founded and by whom? What were its borders? What was its capital? What were its major cities? What was its form of government? What was its language?

Since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

Matthew Lybanon

Memphis

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