- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2005

Kyoto and gas prices

Christopher C. Horner’s column, “Broken promises, hot air: Europe reneges on Kyoto reductions” (Op-Ed, Monday), revealed the hidden reason gas prices have gone up at the pump.

Noting that instead of reducing emissions to 8 percent below 1990 levels, EU countries have actually been granted permission to increase emissions, putting 12 of the EU-15 in “egregious violation” of Kyoto — “egregious” meaning over by between 20 and 77 percent. Mr. Horner explains the EU rationale for granting the increases: The so-called “one-off” reduction in emissions from Germany and Britain converting to oil from coal offset the 20 to 70 percent increases.

Well, that’s just wonderful. In driving Germany and Britain to replace coal with oil in order to comply with Kyoto, the treaty has dramatically increased the demand for oil. When I go to the gas station and fill up for $2 a gallon, I can thank Kyoto. I guess we don’t have to ratify the treaty to pay for it.

PETER BROS

Springfield

Appreciating law enforcers

Not too long ago, I was driving in the funeral procession for Deputy James Tutino — killed in a train-derailment accident caused by a botched attempt at suicide.

Along the way from the church to the cemetery, I saw something that really touched me. An older gentleman, perhaps ex-military, who had been traveling in the opposite direction stood at attention in the median and saluted our long line of vehicles as we drove past.

We law enforcement officers are subjected to so much constant criticism and negativity not only from the criminal element and its supporters but also from the average citizen whom we are trying to protect that it is easy to forget that there are good, decent, understanding people like you and that older gentleman out there (“Bush hails service of fallen cops,” Nation, Monday).

Thank you for printing the president’s words of appreciation and support.

My brothers and sisters and I will continue to do our best to deserve them.

DON LIN

Deputy Sheriff

Los Angeles County

Sex-ed battle rages on

A fierce battle rages in Montgomery County over an expanded sex-ed curriculum that normalizes homosexuality and promotes the notion that gender is determined by a child’s feelings, not biology (“Tug of war over sex education in schools,” Page 1, Monday). If anyone thinks this “tug of war” is merely a blue-state battle, think again.

Homosexual advocates, smarting from the numerous defeats suffered in the November elections, are gingerly sidestepping the electoral process. Better to collaborate with sympathetic public-school systems and indoctrinate schoolchildren to ensure future acceptance.

Montgomery County, the mini-Massachusetts of the mid-Atlantic, appeared to be low-hanging fruit — but the homosexual lobby tripped again, underestimating the concern even many liberal parents have with the radical homosexual agenda.

Despite the stacked-deck administrative process used by the county to ram through a culturally divisive sex-ed curriculum, reaction was sufficiently energized to institute a lawsuit and delay, if not stop, the curriculum’s implementation. In issuing a temporary restraining order against the county curriculum, Clinton-appointed U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. appropriately turned around the defendants’ inflammatory claim that conservative Christians are establishing a theocracy by holding that “[t]he public interest is served by preventing Defendants [i.e., school officials] from promoting particular religious beliefs in the public schools and preventing Defendants from disseminating one-sided information on a controversial topic.”

If the avoidance of electoral processes, the casting of wish as fact, the conspiring of government agencies with radical groups endeavoring to shred what’s left of America’s traditional social mores and the one-sided indoctrination of schoolchildren in gender politics seems undemocratic and un-American to readers, welcome to the no-holds-barred tactics of America’s cultural Terminators. Coming soon — to a school board near you.

SAMUEL R. LEWIS

Oak Hill, Va.

When does equal mean equal?

Col. Robert Maginnis worries that women ?are now interchangeable with men and expendable? on the front lines of war (?Women on the front lines?? Commentary, Tuesday). At least he is honest and admits that he thinks men are expendable. However, Col. Maginnis’ column appears in the same edition as an article about Harvard’s promise to spend $50 million to make women feel equal to men (?Harvard to target women in science,? Nation). I just do not understand. Are women only equal when it is convenient for them? Why is the feminist faculty at Harvard not equally outraged on the issue of women in combat?

BRETT FREEMAN

Chicago

In defense of Annan

Thomas P. Kilgannon’s attempt (“A runaway secretary-general?” Commentary, Sunday) to draw an analogy between Kofi Annan and the “Runaway Bride” is ludicrously far-fetched.

Far from running away, Mr. Annan is hard at work promoting the bold proposals for change that he began this March. He has acknowledged shortcomings in the management of the United Nations and has moved quickly to implement wide-ranging reform measures to address sexual abuse by peacekeepers, to promote accountability of senior officials for unethical conduct, and to improve transparency and efficiency across the board. In so doing, he is true to his mission of modernizing, consolidating and rationalizing the United Nations, on which he embarked upon taking office in 1997.

Mr. Kilgannon uses carefully selected and juxtaposed quotes from other publications to give a distorted account of the way the secretary-general and his “top aides” have reacted to the Volcker inquiry’s findings. For instance, in an interview with Der Spiegel Mark Malloch-Brown, Mr. Annan’s chief of staff, said, in response to a question: “It is obvious that the massive allegations have hit the United Nations in its heart and caused questions about its effectiveness, but also about Kofi Annan’s integrity. Fortunately, the investigation commission has not detected any shortcomings in this respect.” And he added that, while nothing has come to light that could implicate the secretary-general, the organizational weaknesses revealed have, once again “underlined the need for the United Nations to reform, also internally, its own apparatus.”

I leave your readers to judge whether Mr. Kilgannon’s summary of these statements — that Mr. Malloch-Brown “admitted the Oil-for-Food allegations were ‘serious’ and have ‘raised questions … about Kofi Annan’s integrity’ ” — is adequate or fair.

Mr. Annan is made of flesh and blood. He has said quite openly that this period has been difficult for him “as a secretary-general, and as a father.” But he is neither “fugitive” nor “runaway.” On the contrary, he is facing the criticism that has been leveled at him, showing the courage to apply lessons learnt, and taking responsibility for his decisions before the nearly 200 member states of the United Nations who unanimously reappointed him, four years ago, to a second five-year term in one of the world’s most difficult jobs.

EDWARD MORTIMER

Director of communications

Executive office of the

secretary-general

United Nations, New York

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