America is sleepwalking into the loss of independence, mobility and travel autonomy. In my gasoline-powered vehicle, I can go as far as I want, as long as I want. If I desire, I can travel from Maine to Mexico and back, beholden to no one. However, if my trip depends on a plug-in electric vehicle, I can no longer expedite my goings without many other factors involved, including government restrictions.
In California, they have rolling blackouts toelectric-vehicles-flex-alert-energy-power-grid-california/103-07f1171f-f035-4a03-925d-db88f75d48c1″> preserve power. In some places, they even dictate how low your air conditioner can be set and how warm your home can be. Utility providers and governments can monitor your usage and decide how much power you are apportioned.
If Americans think we can save the Earth by running around in electric vehicles, it won’t work smoothly. There are so many inherent problems. Gasoline means independence. Electricity means interdependence on politicians who think they are smart and clever.
I can run out of gas and have some brought to me, or walk to the next station. Who’s going to bring me an electric charge? I can’t imagine going out West on vacation, traveling hundreds of miles through the grandeur of Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, etc., while knowing I’m relying on how long power from my last charging session will last.
One more thing: Imagine if everyone had an electric car today. Now, fast forward to tomorrow morning. I guarantee you, one of the most frequent phrases across the land will be, “What? What do you mean you forgot to plug it in!”
At that point, it will be too late.
Ken Frank, Pitman
Tapes should show if Trump has a case
Former President Donald Trump has his use of “dog whistles” down to a science, allowing him to engage and enrage his political base.
Two such tropes that he has used with great success over the last five years are “fake news” and “witch hunt.” trump-slams-third-world-raid-home-says-fbi-agents-rifled-through-barron-melanias-belongings”>He now has a new one: “invasion.” He claims the FBI invaded his home in Florida in order to search for documents that the Justice Department claims he had no right to possess once he left the White House. The impression Trump has given is that the FBI agents were ruthless in their attempt to secure the documents.
I assume Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has closed-circuit monitoring throughout. If he insists that the FBI “invaded” his home — a description that has a very negative connotation — let’s see proof of that. As the retired Wolf used to say, “Let’s go to the videotape.”
The public, especially Trump’s political base, can see if the FBI’s actions were abusive or respectful as they carried out their mission.
Paul Bunkin, Turnersville
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