Take a fresh look at offshore drilling
Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22, 2018 | YOUR OPINION | richmond.com
The recent decision by the Trump administration to reopen the Atlantic coast to oil and gas leases is an exciting development for Virginia. It is important to note that this does not mean production will be starting tomorrow.
Scientic seismic testing in the Atlantic was last done more than three decades ago. Technology has advanced dramatically since, and could drastically increase the known gas and oil reserves currently estimated to exist just miles o our shores. Allowing access to these resources will allow the United States to further cement itself as a world energy leader in the 21st century.
Most important, the methods of surveying and construction are now safer than ever before. Seismic surveys, which use sound waves to locate pockets of gas and oil, are used by many industries, including oshore wind, to get an accurate reading of the ocean oor. In recent years, the industry has gone above and beyond to improve construction and operation safety.
Delivery of oshore resources is vital to the U.S. economy and happens in the Gulf of Mexico safely on a daily basis.
I encourage those who may have been opposed in the past to take a hard look at the facts and the benets future oshore developments could have in Virginia and along the East Coast. Operations would lead to thousands of high-paying jobs and billions of dollars for our state economy.
This is an exciting time for energy development and I look forward to seeing the next steps in the process.
Jean M. Gannon.
Voting is a privilege, don’t give it away
Why are we making a mad dash to get input from the most ignorant people in the country?
On any TV news show there will be a survey. Take notice of the 10 or 15 percent who always have no opinion. Surely, those are among the people who can’t seem to obtain a photo ID.
Shut-ins and legitimate absentees aside, it is reasonable to expect that everyone obtain a photo ID to vote. If the ID-less can’t get themselves to City Hall and get one, it is because voting isn’t very high on their to-do list. It would be if they had any idea what was going on.
These people unquestionably have a right to vote, but what’s the point? It just gives whoever drove them to the polls two votes.
What is the motive to unceasingly make voting easier? Generally, it is the Democratic Party that supports easier voting, but take note that it opposed late arriving absentee ballots from U.S. military members serving abroad, even though the delay was not the fault of the G.I.s. Democrats require a permanent underclass to exist.
In the movie “A League of Their Own,” the star player quits in the middle of the season, telling her manager, “It just got too hard.” He responds “It’s supposed to be hard. Otherwise anyone could do it.”
Voting is a great privilege, duty and responsibility. Let’s not give it away.
Can’t we make Trump follow VMI’s honor code?
Gov. Ralph Northam referenced the VMI honor code in his inaugural speech. According to VMI’s web page on its honor system history, “The purpose of the Honor Code is to maintain the high standards traditionally attributed to VMI cadets by seeking to instill in all cadets the desire to conduct themselves according to the code of an honorable cadet, who will neither lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.” According to VMI, all cadets should be able to determine right from wrong, and thus be able to arrive at honorable answers to their questions.
Seems a reasonable standard not only for cadets but for the commander in chief as well. Perhaps somebody could post this in the Oval Office.
The president must act with compassion
President Trump’s disheartening decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has put the lives of more than 800,000 immigrant youth in jeopardy. But the president’s attacks against immigrants do not stop there. The administration’s new target? Nearly 330,000 people with legal status, many of whom are parents to American children.
These essential workers are protected by a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The program allows immigrants to remain in the U.S. because something catastrophic happened in their country of origin preventing their safe return — for example, war, famine, natural disaster, or epidemic.
Combine those people with the Dreamers, and Trump intends to take away the legal status of more than 1 million people who have helped make the United States stronger.
Immigrants protected with TPS have worked in the U.S. for years, contributing billions to our economy, Social Security, and even Medicare. They work in diverse industries where they care for our homes, children, elderly, and the food we eat. They are essentially America’s caretakers.
We have a moral obligation to welcome the immigrant, uphold the innate dignity of all people, and arm our nation’s greatest value of creating brighter futures for all. Immigrants with TPS are no dierent from our biblical ancestors who were once strangers but found welcome and were called to do the same.
Jarl K. Jackson.