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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Cuccinelli serves the Kochs’ interests
It is no wonder that Teapublican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is taking thousands of dollars in contributions from billionaire oil executives Charles and David Koch. Cuccinelli used his office to fight the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards requiring automobile manufacturers to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The CAFE standards will decrease gasoline consumption by increasing the fuel economy and improve our nation’s energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving us money at the gas pumps.
Thirteen large automakers have already agreed to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model-year 2025.
Cuccinelli, on the other hand, wants only to fatten the wealth of the Kochs at the expense of the average Virginian frequently stuck in traffic, thereby continuing our national security risk of dependence on imported oil.
Cuccinelli’s attacks on Terry McAuliffe’s investment in the electric car industry are driven more by the desire for inefficiency and oil interests than any concern for the average Virginia passenger car owner. Cuccinelli is an auto-fuel Luddite, ranking worse than the “crony capitalists” he seeks to deplore.
AUSTIN H. STIDHAM
Scout cartoon was out of place
On June 2, under “New policy on gays, same toxic message,” James Dale uses 939 words to criticize the decision by the Boy Scouts of America because BSA may ban adult Scout leaders who describe themselves by urges. He mentions the 5-4 Supreme Court decision of 2000 giving “BSA a freedom-of-association shield to protect its distorted view.”
He does not mention why former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor voted with the court majority. He does not mention that BSA had faced lawsuits because a few Scout leaders had made sexual advances toward young Scouts.
In the same issue, The Times included a shorter article (558 words), “Scouting for Solidarity,” by John C. Johnson. He defends the recent decisions and writes “BSA does not have an agenda on the matter, and resolving this complex issue is not the role of the organization.”
In the middle of his commentary, The Times inserted a grotesque cartoon character holding a sign changing the Boy Scout motto from “Be Prepared” to “Be Prejudiced.” If this is your idea of humor, changes are in order.
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