Letters to the Editor

Different view of Keystone XL pipeline

Regarding the piece in the Opinion section, authored by Richard Bergen titled “Keystone XL Pipeline-Boon or Boondoggle?”, I was interested in talking to Mr. Bergen to determine where he obtained the information for the article. Attempts to contact him failed.

Recently Charles Shapiro, president of The Institute of The Americas, wrote an article published in the

San Diego U-T

which is almost 180 degrees opposite to that written by Mr Bergen.

While Mr. Bergen claims that only 127 permanent jobs will be generated by the pipeline, Shapiro claims thousands of construction jobs will be created and I would estimate construction will take several years. A few thousand jobs over several years is nothing to ignore in our current economy.

Further, Shapiro writes that 70,000 jobs in Canada are going begging because of a shortage of skilled labor in the oil fields as well as support jobs such as nursing and electrical. Mr. Shapiro contends that with proper visas Americans could fill many of those positions.

Walt Wands,

Ramona

Brownie Troop sells 1,600 boxes of cookies, thanks to community of Ramona

The Brownies of Troop 8827 would like to thank the community of Ramona for purchasing Girl Scout Cookies this year.

Through the purchases and various donations, our troop is able to participate in Encampment (a local camp with other troops from this area) this year, as well as donate boxes of cookies to the Food and Clothes closet.

We were also able to send over 100 boxes of cookies to the troops overseas, so they can have a little taste of home while serving our country. We also set aside some money to go toward helping an animal shelter in the near future.

The troop, which consists of eight girls, was able to sell over 1,600 boxes of cookies! So, we would like to thank you all, the residents of Ramona, for helping our troop (and others) achieve our goals and dreams. We couldn’t have achieved these great goals, or had these opportunities if it wasn’t for the people of Ramona!

Stephanie Miller,

For Brownie Girls of Troop 8827

   
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