- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Those of us who live outside the “logic-free zone” of Washington know who is largely to blame for the country’s economic problems (“OPEC strangling American economy,” Op-Ed, Friday). It is Congress.

Whether it be a reluctance to drill in Alaska or offshore, which adds to spiking oil prices, or incessant deficit spending, which has weakened the value of our dollar, the American people are the victims.

Congress couldn’t fix these messes today if it had a set of instructions.

JAMES HARRIS


Perrysburg, Ohio

It is understandable that Californians would like to have Ronald Reagan’s statue in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall (“Out with the old,” Culture, May 15) but it is outrageous that it will replace the statue of Civil War hero Thomas Starr King instead of the one of the missionary Miguel Junipero Serra.

After all, Junipero Serra died three years before the Constitution was written and 64 years before California became part of the United States. Moreover, he was a loyal Spanish colonizer. He built a chain of missions in what later would become California - missions that exploited the labor of American Indians.

EDD DOERR

President

Americans for Religious Liberty

Silver Spring

Barack Obama has disappointed me. I voted for him in the Indiana Democratic primary, but now I understand he is a hypocrite.

On a national television show, Mr. Obama told opponents not to criticize his wife when she says something in a speech that others conclude should be challenged or criticized. However, Mr. Obama doesn’t try to stop others, including his staff, when they challenge or criticize something that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s husband says when he speaks in support of his spouse. This is a hypocritical double standard.

In the Bible, St. James wrote that “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” I voted for Mr. Obama in the spring. I will not make the same mistake in the fall.

WOODROW WILCOX

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