The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 5, 2013

Our Readers Speak - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Who is orchestrating these high gas prices?

It may be of interest to local folks that a conductor of one of the world’s greatest orchestras has moved into the vicinity of Beckley.

“Who?” you say. I have no idea, but it would seem to me to be the only way that such coordination of gasoline price changes could be accomplished. The timing of gas prices going up is only equaled by the timing of, say, the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra.

If a dealer increases his prices (which seems to happen every time somebody in the Middle East gets their panties in a wad), the synchronization of others doing the same is nothing short of astounding and would lead one to presume that the whole thing is orchestrated by someone trained in the dexterity of the baton.

One may propose that a mere telephone call could accomplish this feat. “Nay, nay,” I say. The mere time it takes to actually dial the number to so many dealers would make this so prohibitive that a person could actually dash to another dealer and fill up his tank before the calls would go through and, heaven forbid, we could never have such a situation.

The next time a wind ruffles the hair of an oil baron, dash outside, look up to the sky and scan the horizon for that huge baton being waved by some now unknown director. Give up any hope of rushing out to buy gas before the price zooms above a figure that makes you shudder to think you may have to get a bigger wheelbarrow to haul your money in to pay for a few drops of gasoline so that you might arrive at work to earn enough money to pay taxes to those that have the audacity to tell you that the Energy Department of the United States is doing a “fine” job.

Or you could just throw up your hands in disgust and quit kowtowing to the market and decide for once not to take the vacation or go to Aunt Ethel’s. Or instead of driving two blocks to get a loaf of bread, you might try using God’s gift of walking to the store.

James E. Lowe


Firearm restrictions rarely turn out good

I want to thank Sheriff Tanner for standing up for Raleigh County, America and the Constitution. He and several other sheriffs across the country have taken a stand against a possible federal encroachment on the Bill of Rights.

I can understand the reaction to the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, Conn., but making certain types of firearms illegal for the average citizen will not deter criminals from getting firearms they want. As Sheriff Tanner pointed out, it has nothing to do with the tool used to commit the violence but the intent of the user.

Our lawmakers need to think logically, get all the facts and leave emotion out of it, when writing bills that affect us all. When this isn’t done, the bills are usually not only unconstitutional, but also unenforceable. Has anyone ever read about prohibition?

Laws like this usually increase criminal activity. We certainly don’t need a government agency running all over the country creating more incidents like Ruby Ridge and Waco. Instead of curbing violence, more would be created, and at the government’s hand.

I urge everyone to be leery of political officials who want to limit any of our rights, especially the Second Amendment. In past history where firearm rights have been limited or outright denied, it rarely turned out good for the populace.

In my opinion it has never been about gun control, it’s just about control. An article I read recently stated that the Department of Homeland Security was going to purchase 7,000 AR-15 rifles with the dreaded 30-round high capacity magazines. That part of the article didn’t surprise me, but when I read the rifles would be used as personal defense weapons that did.

This is a perfect example of a double standard. Firearms the government wants to restrict from the average citizen because they serve no practical purpose, is what they want for personal defense.

A recent news report said Congress is working on a bill to stop illegal trafficking of firearms. I think our lawmakers should give up their current profession and become stand-up comedians because that’s funny stuff. Not so long ago our Justice Department allowed how many guns across our southern border? Oh that’s right, the true details never saw the light of day. So, if they want to crack down on firearm trafficking, they need to first look in the mirror.

Bill Fraley