Letters to the Editor
Readers write about why Obama should not follow Bush's example in the Middle East, how the US should fix itself first and not Gaza, music sites that do not share files free of charge, and why gasoline consumption should be taxed rather than miles driven.
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State College, Pa.
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US must fix the US first, not Gaza
In regard to the March 4 article, "Clinton travels to a hardened Israel": Israel destroys a portion of the Gaza Strip. Then the US gives the Palestinians $300 million to help rebuild what Israel destroyed with no guarantee that Israel will not destroy what is fixed. Meanwhile, that $300 million would go a long way toward fixing things on the Gulf Coast, still a mess years after hurricane Katrina. Someone please explain the logic here.
Not all music sites 'share' free of charge
Regarding the Feb. 25 article, "Can a 'Day of Sharing' save the music industry?": In this article, author Daniel B. Wood cites Spinner and eMusic as websites that allow users to download music free of charge. While there are a plethora of services that allow such a thing, Spinner and eMusic are not among them. Both businesses compensate their content providers. Spinner is an ad-supported site that hosts streaming videos and downloadable MP3s of exclusive content licensed to it by the artists and their labels. eMusic is a download site that allows users to pay a monthly subscription fee and download a set number of tracks per month. All of the content on eMusic is licensed to it by the artists and their labels, and all interested parties are duly compensated.
Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Tax gas per gallon, not miles driven
In regard to the Feb. 27 editorial, "A road map to better US roads": A gas tax is effectively the same as a tax on miles driven, except that it penalizes drivers of inefficient vehicles. Until plug-in electric cars constitute something other than a minuscule portion of vehicles on the road, index the gas tax to inflation and list the gas tax separately at the pump.
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