Letter to WSJ on Cali’s violence

Dear Editor,

In “Colombia’s Former ‘Murder Capital’ Falls into Chaos During Pandemic” (June 11 WSJ) it becomes more plain why our country is sliding deeper into a more violent and less respectable state.

The author, Kejal Vyas claims that “the health crisis took priority over spending on social programs and antiviolence initiatives.” Where is the evidence that social programs stop gang violence?

In the U.S. social programs have proven to do just the opposite, replacing personal accountability with a faceless state. After so many years mired in murder and the same useless band-aids trotted out with no positive results, the author assumes his professors were correct and editorializes in the news pages to our detriment.

No wonder we elect more and more Marxists. Ditch the social programs and accompanying war on drugs and watch a free people get along, as law enforcement fills a proper role for a change.

Fritz Groszkruger

The Realm of Possibilities

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has asked U.S. Forest Service officials if they can alter the orbits of the earth in order to combat climate change. I would speculate that it might be possible. After all, the 80-year war on drugs has eliminated drug abuse and the signing of the treaty ending LBJ’s 57-year long war on poverty will be an event worth celebrating. Government managed correctly, unlike the Democrats do it according to Republicans, has always come through.

Here is how I would do it: Turn the windmills around and power them with solar panels. If that doesn’t work, we could put a moratorium on driving electric cars to free up more power. If that still doesn’t work, we could ask Elon Musk to take a rope made of hemp fiber (a rope made from fossil fuels would counteract our efforts) to Mars and winch Earth around a bit. Maybe while we are at it we could eliminate the tilt so all Earth’s inhabitants could have an equitable shot at overcoming disadvantages of being different from one another.

Of course there will be the deniers. We need to marginalize them by using words such as “unproven” or “unsubstantiated” whenever they say some ridiculously unbelievable thing like “lab escape.”

We should take heart that there are people on our side while we face catastrophic events that come to light each time our government has succeeded in fighting the previous one. Just think if we hadn’t avoided the certain cataclysm of Saddam’s WMDs.

President Joe Biden is restoring criminal penalties for the accidental killing of migratory birds. Maybe turning those windmills around will suck all those dead birds back to life. Calling Dr. Frankenstein! It will be like Rogaine made for heart health, then a boon to the shampoo industry.

Wildlife researchers have estimated 1.4 million bird deaths if the 2008 windpower target is met. That will have to be updated to reflect Biden’s offshore expansion plans. Carrion eaters at sea, congratulations! Windmills get a bad rap here though. Window crashes account for 600 million dead birds per year. Do we hunt down a pickpocket and ignore Bernie Madoff? Do we hunt down Bernie Madoff and ignore Social Security?

Dawn has saved about 10 birds who were stunned by hitting our windows. Sometimes they come to and fly off if saved from opportunistic dogs and cats. But the number of dead must be far higher. We don’t sit around the house listening for bird strikes. Should we turn ourselves in? Does Andersen have some culpability?

What an opportunity. New technology with a little help could save 600 million birds. A whole new industry could be created putting siding over windows and installing cameras and TV screens simulating the view outside. The TVs could even create an illusion that we are not home, but somewhere else. Grab your hunting gear or swimming trunks.

Save the birds!

Letter to Iowa Farmeer Today about solar farms

Dear Editor,

I drive a short distance on gravel roads to go check pastured cattle each day. I often stop to pick up a beer can tossed out either to avoid the open container law or just for lack of respect for our environment.

Fifteen miles to the west of our farm are miles of windmills. On the way there is a small solar energy installation. The solar panels haven’t been properly directed for a month.

This is the kind of litter that makes a few beer cans look like small potatoes. I can take the cans to Dumont and donate them to the library. On the way to Des Moines down Interstate 35 is a huge pile of junked windmill blades. Apparently, they haven’t found a use for them. The library probably doesn’t want them either.

In Iowa Farmer Today (“Iowa residents question solar farm construction” June 5) is an article about potentially covering 4,250 acres of the best farmland on earth with a bunch of solar panels. Intercepting sunlight negates the usefulness of this amazing resource (the soil).

I suggest that the executives of NextEra and Clenera, who plan to use government alternative energy incentives for these installations should put them in their yards next to their swing sets and barbecues. Instead of spoiling the landscape of others.

The problem isn’t just as Jeff Ralston, Benton County farmer states that the owners have no concern about quality of life and are motivated by profits. The real deal is that none of this wasteful and unsightly trash would exist if not for the subsidies and tax credits stolen from people like myself and Mr. Ralston.

When and if wind and solar become profitable without taxpayer assistance those profits should be prized for directing scarce resources to their proper use. The profit motive, as long as theft is not involved, will always be the best way to guide our energy dollars, and everything else.

Fritz Groszkruger

Instead of a bumbling and inefficient tool of society, the radical [libertarian] sees the State itself, in its very nature, as coercive, exploitative, parasitic, and hence profoundly antisocial. The State is, and always has been, the great single enemy of the human race, its liberty, happiness, and progress.
 Murray Rothbard, Reason [March 1974]