Global fears slash oil prices Sept. 23
Enjoy cheaper gas while you can
In the midst of a tumultuous market, there is at least one flicker of hope: oil. Hurray for our side. We consumers are getting more bang for our buck at the gas pumps. Enjoy it while it lasts, folks. Because no doubt like the rest of the market, oil will begin to climb once again. Indeed, it's a never-ending ride.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
Off the table is off the wall
Get politics out of deficit reduction
The deficit reduction committee is a bipartisan committee created as a result of the ineffectiveness and inability of Congress to do its job, primarily due to partisan gridlock. The result was the downgrading of the United States' credit rating.
House Speaker John Boehner's comments to the committee that any tax increase should be "off the table" creates another obstacle hindering the committee's ability to accomplish the task for which it was established. Keep politics out of the equation. Instead, the congressional leaders should issue a joint communique stating:
"Your mission is to develop strategies to reduce the national debt using all the economic tools available. Nothing is off the table. You are instructed to act as independent thinkers regardless of any political or party affiliation. Your recommendations will be adopted by both houses of Congress."
This, I believe, is common sense, which apparently is the least common of all the senses in Washington. Finally, where in the Constitution does it say, "Of the party, by the party, and for the party"?
Charles Baumstark, Beverly Hills