Biden doesn’t get a pass on gas prices; Truth is stranger than fiction


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Biden doesn’t get a pass on gas prices

Patty Satalia (CDT, June 29) writes that higher prices of “crude oil and gasoline (are) not due to bad Biden Administration energy policy. It’s the unfortunate downside of our capitalist economy.” It of course true that prices for crude oil are determined in a world market, but how those prices translate into domestic gasoline prices is complex and involves a variety of market and governmental forces that she ignores. Ms. Satalia argues it is a simple matter of “corporate greed,” but that explanation ignores past history as well as the inconvenient truth that the Biden Administration has declared economic war on conventional energy sources. Measured as a rate of return on investment, Exxon Corporation profits peaked in 2012 and declined thereafter. It had a negative rate of return at the end of 2020 and most of 2021. Its net losses in 2020 were $22.4 billion. Ms. Satalia should explain why greedy stockholders failed to demand and receive higher profits from 2013 to 2021. Perhaps our President should shoulder some of the blame for a string of bad economic choices leading to the current crisis.

Jon Nelson, State College

Truth is stranger than fiction

An aging, overweight ballplayer came to bat late in a championship game. When asked by the press before the game if he expected to win, he replied, “Absolutely. If it is reported that we didn’t win, it will be because it was stolen from us.”

The reporter asked if he would congratulate the other team if they won. He replied, “Well, we’ll have to see.”

He struck out at the plate. The other team won the game.

He screamed at the umpire. “There’s no way we could have lost. Our victory was stolen! Massive fraud!”

The umpire said “No fraud.”

The fat guy demanded an instant replay review. The replay official said there was no fraud.

He appealed to the League President, who said there was no fraud.

He appealed to the Commissioner, who said there was no fraud.

The fat guy asked his fans to storm the field to prevent the trophy presentation to the other team. He even suggested that his backers should hang the vice-captain of his own team.

Though disrupted and delayed, the presentation was eventually completed. The other team was officially declared the champion.

Then the fat guy did a massive fundraising appeal to his team’s fans, asking them to contribute to an “Official Ballgame Defense Fund,” which did not actually exist. The gullible saps contributed a quarter billion dollars, most of which found its way into the pockets of the fat guy and his friends.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Pam Hayes-Houldin, Huntingdon

Responding to ‘bait and switch’

Steven Smith wrote that my letter to the editor about Ukraine was “appalling and an Orwellian offense against truth.” But, if you noticed, he failed to address, let alone disprove, any of the major assertions made in that letter.

He failed to address, let alone disprove, my claims about the pervasiveness of Zelensky’s propaganda and the willingness of America’s mainstream news media to propagate it.

He failed to address, let alone disprove, my claims about the false and vile atrocity porn that compelled Ukraine’s government of fire Lyudmila Denisova.

He failed to address, let alone disprove, my suggestion that Ukraine is getting trounced in the Donbas. Now, however, it’s a fact that even the Western news media acknowledge.

He failed to address, let alone disprove, my suggestion that Ukrainians are selling American weapons on the black market. I repeat, it is common knowledge that Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Instead, of actually addressing the assertions I made in my letter, Mr. Smith goes on a rant about the evil, murderous, oligarch Putin and his destructive invasion of Ukraine — as if my letter denied these truths. In fact, I publicly denounced Putin after he had my Russian friend and scholar, Igor Sutyagin, falsely accused of espionage and incarcerated.

Smith resorts to this “bait and switch,” because my assertions caused his head to explode. Given his probable exposure of him to pro-Ukrainian propaganda, his inability of him to disprove my assertions caused the cognitive dissonance that triggered the explosion.

Walter C. Uhler, State College


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