EDITOR: Thanks to Press Democrat Digital Director Greg Retsinas (“Should only some web traffic get to take the fast lane,” Close to Home, Tuesday) for bringing the public's attention pay-to-play rule changes being considered by the Federal Communications Commission. On May 15, the FCC will once again propose rules that on the surface appear to keep the Internet accessible to all users when, in fact, it favors the large providers, i.e. Verizon, AT&T, Comcast.
Since as far back as 2007, a grass-roots effort has been fighting large corporations to keep the Internet open, democratic and accessible to all users. Thus far, the will of the people has prevailed, and the grass-roots effort is still alive and pressuring legislators and the FCC.
I urge Internet users who value innovation and open access to join the effort. We can do that by learning more and taking action at such websites as www.freepress.org and www.savetheinternet.com.
Fracking and warming
EDITOR: Bjorn Lomborg, author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” is a believer in anthropogenic global warming. However, he recently said that all global wind and solar, which costs taxpayers about $60 billion annually, does not save as much carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere as fracking in just the United States. Instead of costing taxpayers, fracking increases U.S. gross domestic product $100 billion a year. No wonder U.S. environmentalists hate fracking: It makes sense.
MICHAEL B. COMBS
EDITOR: Hooray for Mike Hawkins (“Partisan attacks,” Letters, April 25). Why is it that liberals are always espousing their opinions and conservatives are quiet? We, as conservatives, better begin speaking out as life as we know it is changing before our eyes, and not for the good.
This country was founded on entrepreneurship from working hard and getting ahead. Unfortunately, the new norm is unemployment above 6 percent and sitting back and letting the government take care of us by giving food stamps, unemployment, disability and health care freely.