The problem is too much demand from China and India and that demand will only increase. There's not enough big oil fields easy to access left to meet the increased demand. Now it doesn't matter as much if we cut our consumption back, we still pay higher prices. The politicians on ALL sides don't get it, or if they do they just don't give a crap. "Drill, baby, drill!" doesn't work when there's nothing left to drill. Tar sands, arctic, shale - there's not enough metal left in the ground to build the rigs to even come near to making up the oil we import from overseas. We've hit the wall - it's just how we pick up the pieces that will count now.
May 8, 2011 at 2:21 a.m.
There must be better role models than overpaid athletes and other celebrities who get too big a piece of a dwindling pie - while millions in the US can't find work or decent shelter. Kids are very impressionable and it's no wonder the values and morals are so out of wack given all the influences of celebrities (sport and otherwise), certain music, television, video games, etc. I grew up fairly lower middle class having moved to NE Ohio in 1971 as a young kid. From that old industrial hard working background we learned manners and respect, and to appreciate the basic needs and not the endless material quest that helped lead us to this economic disaster. I am moderate to liberal in my views, but I still believe in "spare the rod-spoil the child". Kids have to learn discipline, but it needs to be done with genuine love - and grounding in reality. How many kids can become pro athletes? I was the kid that got picked on in gym class - so maybe I'm not the best one to say. Physical exercise is critical and sports can be fun - but not when it comes with bullying and competition that some people say you have to be to become a man. That's a bunch of bull. If I had kids, I'd just want them to keep God in their heart and these words in mind at all times: "let me help."
December 10, 2009 at 12:48 a.m.