, Newburyport, MA


October 4, 2012

Take another look at 'telling truth'

To the editor:

Wow, talk about the perfect headline for a letter — “Telling the truth, not twisting it” — from Kevin Noa’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 27 paper.

Hard to know where to start. I cannot point out all of the factual errors in Mr. Noa’s letter because, while maybe he believes that all Democrats just sit around all day waiting for a government handout, I work hard for a living so only can spare a couple of minutes to type this.

Mr. Noa says: “President Obama has declared a war on fossil fuel.” Really? Based on what? Not on facts like this, from

The current 2011 average for U.S. petroleum production (through October 2011) is 7,782 thousand barrels per day, actually the highest in more than a decade — since the average of 8,011 thousand barrels per day in 1998, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration. And EIA estimates that the current 11-month average for U.S. dependence on foreign oil for 2011 is 45.4 percent. That’s the lowest since 44.5 percent in 1995.

Are prices for gasoline too high? Absolutely. Does it have anything to do with a “war on fossil fuel”? No.

One last quick one: Mr. Noa blames the Obama administration for “the death of an ambassador.” Talk about a crass and cheap shot. Don’t you think the blame lies on the despicable people who did it? And as far as Mr. Noa blaming the president for the “appeasement of countries with Muslim majorities”… Again, how exactly? In the bombing mission we helped spearhead in Libya? In the killing of Osama bin Laden? In the drone attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan? Where exactly is this appeasement?

Most of these empty phrases are lifted wholesale from Fox News. Does Mr. Noa ever take the time to analyze or question or understand?

Robert Mucci


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