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I am writing this letter to thank the woman who last week noticed my 5 pound Maltese out wandering in the River Knolls area. He must have gotten out of my yard when the yard company came to check the backyard and left the gate open.

He was scared and out in a neighborhood that he has never been in alone. He was heading toward the busy street of Fairview, where I’m sure he would have been hit because he is so small and would have been hard to see.

When a friend called to say that Dino wasn’t at the house, I broke down and cried. I am single and he is my baby. He is spoiled rotten and has never been out on his own to wander the neighborhood.

It wasn’t 15 minutes later that the Carson City Animal Shelter called and said they had my dog. I do have him licensed and microchipped, something all pet owners should do. They said a woman saw him and picked him up because he just didn’t look like he should be out by himself. She then took the time to take him to the shelter.

To the woman who picked him up and took him to the shelter, “thank you” will never be enough. He means the world to me. You made what was a very heart wrenching time for me end with the most wonderful results. You were Dino’s guardian angel that day.

To the Carson City Animal Shelter, thank you for calling and caring for him while he was with you. I’m sure you don’t get all the gratitude you deserve. I’m so glad that you were there to help me and Dino out that day.

LENAE DERICCO

Carson City

The world is awash in oil

Lindsey Williams served as Chaplain on the Trans Alaska pipeline project in the ’70s and wrote the book “The Energy Non-Crisis.” He was allowed into the executive committee that oversaw the Prudhoe Bay project and rubbed elbows with the head honchos within the oil industry.

He describes the oil field that was discovered at Gull Island as being “larger than the oil field in Saudi Arabia.” The day the find was going to be announced, the Department of Defense classified the Gull Island reservoir. One has to wonder who has the authority to order the DOD to classify an oil discovery that would have eliminated America’s dependence on foreign oil?

Another huge oil field was discovered 270 miles south of New Orleans containing at least 15-billion barrels of oil. Similar massive reservoirs of oil have been discovered off the coast of Florida and at the Covenant oil fields in Central Utah.

The fact is, that the world is awash in oil and one of the myths that needs to be dispelled is that petroleum is a fossil fuel. The Soviets Kola SG-3 well drilled in the early 1970s went down 40,230 feet, discovering massive amounts of oil. A Russian oil scientist’s comment at the time: “Petroleum is absolutely not a fossil fuel, it did not come from decayed dinosaurs and fern branches; it is a chemical process in the heart of the earth whereby the oil is recreating itself.” It is seeping up into the oil fields of the world and most of the oil fields of the world are replenishing themselves.”

Ken Fromm, retired senior executive with Atlantic Richfield, related: “We will never release the oil from the Gull Island field until we have the price of crude oil where we want it.” Another contact of Williams related, “We want oil to go to $150 a barrel and then we will release the oil fields that we have in Utah and possibly even the one we have in Gull Island.”

Unfortunately, the energy sector is just the tip of the iceberg in a world that appears to be run by megalomaniacs hell bent on engineered dysfunction and stupidity that stems from insatiable greed and need to control. For the rest of us, we find ourselves in a predicament voiced by George Carlin; “It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.”

GARY JACOBUCCI

Wells

A nation that fears the truth

In the not too distant past a famous author once said “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

We are in such a time today and have been since that infamous day on 9/11 when the nation collectively suspended its rationality and skepticism, allowing ourselves to be taken down the rabbit hole of fear and delusion. Not only that, but we have witnessed a cowardice the likes of which the world has not seen since the 1930s. As Colin Powell went before the U.N. to present the bogus case against Iraq, the U.N. covered Picasso’s “Guernica” with curtains. Certainly the most craven act of international timidity since Chamberlain sold out a democratic ally in September 1938.

We blindly followed the patently false propaganda of the neo-cons into the quagmire of this illegal occupation of the Middle East for the profit of the oil companies and defense contractors. In that respect, with oil at 117 dollars a barrel, mission accomplished.

At this point we still seem to be in a national state of denial. Recent reports that the “principals,” with W’s approval, gave the go ahead to torture have been buried. An open admission of war crimes has not even caused a ripple in the mainstream media, not to mention a move to investigate by a complicit Congress. What can explain such timidity in the face of the most openly criminal administration in our history but cowardice?

This nation wasn’t founded by cowards but I am afraid we have become a nation that fears nothing more than the truth.

VINCE COYLE

Carson City