In the Feb. 2 Opinion section of your paper Hazel Pflueger of Florence alleges that those in high positions have ignored the will of "the people." Well, I support the transportation of the "equipment-laden behemoths" and I am a "people."
I have seen other articles in this section of the paper which also support this transport and were written by "the people." So Pflueger's statement is a blatant exaggeration, which also casts doubt on the legitimacy of the other arguments of the anti-haul factions.
There are larger issues at stake than a few travel delays and seeing a "behemoth" in your travels. A couple examples: the president/CEO of Shell Oil predicts that we are headed to $5-per-gallon gasoline. And I have heard that the Billings refinery supplies 15 percent of the gas used in Montana and supplies aviation fuel to Fairchild and Malmstrom U.S. Air Force bases.
If these "behemoths" can slow down this increase in gas prices and can provide a stable source of fuel for our Air Force to help ensure our national security, I'm all for it.
I also support the transportation of equipment to the Kearl Oil tar sands project in Canada. I would much rather obtain oil from, and send my money to, a valued neighbor and ally than pray my supply won't be cut off from unstable middle eastern countries, where my dollars go to regimes that trample the civil rights of their people and support terrorists bent on the destruction of our nation.
Yes, I will have to put up with a few delays if I drive Highway 12 at night. And I will have to look at the "behemoths" if I travel it in the daytime. But I, for one, accept the fact that there is no free lunch.
Kenneth A. Briggeman, Hamilton
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