Ethanol falls short

There are many concerns about President Trump’s recent decision to increase the amount of ethanol blended in gasoline, and I agree with those concerns.

Trump’s decision seems misguided and ill-informed. Although it is theoretically a nice concept that he intends to help farmers and reduce dependency on foreign oil, the push for ethanol has not been successful. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency does not think it is safe to have up to 15 percent ethanol blended gasoline, as it contributes to smog. Also, this could damage many people’s vehicles that are not suited for the fuel.

The American government should stop subsidizing corn and supporting farmers so heavily and focus on growing other sectors of the economy that will be more beneficial in the future, such as renewable energy sources.

Biofuels are a step on the way to being more environmentally friendly, but as a nation, I think we should strive to do more.

Elizabeth Osthues, Hudson,

student at Ohio State University

 

‘No’ on wall money

 It is a real shame that after the Senate had a deal on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through February, a rogue group known as the Freedom Caucus, encouraged by conservative media personalities, broke the back of our representative democracy.

The budget ratified for 2017 to 2018 included funding for border security. Only 6 percent of that allocated for physical barriers has been spent to date, according to Democrats. This begs the question of why are we funding a wall.

We the people need to see a business plan from the Trump administration to understand the short- and long-term objectives and the plan for use of the line items related to border security.

What is the administration plan, including time frames?

I urge U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and my representative, Tim Ryan, to vote “no” on funding the wall.

Linda Hodgen, Akron

 

Compromise from both sides

Regarding the Dec. 5 letter “Backward policies,’’ the writer stated that “too bad Republicans believe that compromise is a dirty word, and that ‘my way or the highway’” is the best policy. I have been following politics closely since the time of Jimmy Carter, and I can remember when partisanship existed. Under both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, both sides of the aisle occasionally worked together for the good of all. But I agree with the letter writer’s point that this no longer seems the case. But where I take strong exception to his letter is his implying that it is only the Republicans who refuse to compromise.

When was the last time a Democrat, especially under Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer, joined the Republicans on anything? One can even take that all the way to the Supreme Court, where Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and of course, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ply politics. Our current system is indeed a mess, but to continually blame only one side is why we are where we are.

Randy Ley, Tallmadge

 

Reset the government

So all of these government employees are getting back pay for not working during the shutdown? Every time I was furloughed all I ever got was unemployment. And there was no big back paycheck waiting for me when I returned.

I’ve got a great idea. The next time we have a shutdown, fire all of the government workers including the House and Senate.

Then when it’s over, rehire them in alphabetical order and reset the seniority roster. I guarantee there will never be another shutdown.

 Ray Crim, Akron