George Washington warned us about entangling alliances. Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex. We ignored them both, and now we are paying for it.

Here are a few synonyms for the word conservative. Die hard, hidebound, mossbacked, rednecked, fogyish, inflexible, obstinate, dogmatic, bigoted, intolerant, narrow minded, unchangeable. Here are some synonyms for liberal. Abundant, bountiful, generous, advanced, indulgent, tolerant, impartial, objective, unbiased.

Now, when you want to identify yourself or someone else as conservative or liberal, you can use one of these other words, which more accurately describe one’s philosophy of life. I’m not making any of this up. It all comes from a thesaurus. The synonym for thesaurus, by the way, is onomasticon.

Some folks say we cannot afford universal medical care, but other countries are doing it for half of our current cost per capita. Why don’t we just do what they are doing? As for paying for it, we could start with the $500 billion that the for-profit health insurance industry is sucking out of our economy every year.

Some folks say that we cannot afford to transition to renewable sources of power. Do you think that it would cost more to build a wind farm than a coal fired plant? I do not know the answer to that, but I do know that right now there is a wind farm in Kansas that is producing more electricity than four coal-fired plants. It covers

6 square miles. After you build a solar farm, the electricity is free. Almost free from a wind farm. As for paying for it, we could start with the $400 billion per year that we are handing over to the fossil fuel industry to ensure their survival. You might say, “what do you do when the wind isn’t blowing, or the sun isn’t shining?” If they can build a battery that fits in your car that enables you to drive 350 miles without a recharge, surely they can build a battery that will store all of the electricity that will be needed. It may be the size of a Walmart superstore, but it can be done.

By the way, there are places like offshore, on mountaintops and on the prairie where the wind blows all the time, and there are places like Arizona where, I am told, the sun shines every day.

William Collins


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CitrusCo Citizen

Yet another great letter by William Collins. Your words bring a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air! Keep writing, please.

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