Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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End oil subsidies

Recently, an idea came out of the Obama administration that made a lot of sense: Instead of rewarding big oil companies with tax breaks while average Americans are getting hit hard at the pump, let’s eliminate tax breaks and subsidies for the oil industry and invest in a clean-energy economy that reduces America’s dependence on foreign oil, creates new jobs, and supports new, 21st-century industries.

The plan, which failed to pass in the Senate, was one of those things that could help everyone. I feel ripped off: I lived in Saudi Arabia about five miles from an oil refinery that spewed black smoke into the atmosphere 24/7. Nothing stopped the flow of oil or the profits from it.

On Capital Hill, some politicians voted to give tax breaks to overseas oil companies that are rich beyond the average person’s imagination. Although I admit that there is no single, easy answer for addressing increased gas prices, one common-sense thing we can do is eliminate unnecessary tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and instead invest that money in clean energy. The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are doing the right thing by supporting this idea; it’s time for Republicans to get on board as well.

Beverly Blasingame
Iowa City

Branstad two-faced on education

I was informed today at Kaplan University that Gov. Terry Branstad has cut funding for tuition grants. These cuts would cost me $1,000 that I do not have.

I watched an interview of Branstad on April 6 in which he said he supported education for personal reasons, including his own background. What has changed?

Brian Bruner
Cedar Rapids

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