Letters to the Editor

'Recycle an old idea'

Reading my Voter Information Guide, I was astounded how politics can make even a noble idea an excuse for spending millions of dollars.

While I am all for breathing cleaner air, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and looking for viable "green" alternatives, why can't we look at simple, existing options first? When the used car we bought in Europe last year cost more than $100 to fill up, we simply spent an extra couple of hundred dollars to convert it to use a mixture of propane and butane.

We cut our spending at the pump by 55% and even reduced our emissions. Our savings outweighed the expense in just a few tanks!

This idea is nothing new. Cars running on this mixture have been in existence for more than 20 years in Europe. Perhaps our first step in being energy conscious is to recycle an old idea.

Dana Zupanovich Lucka

Fresno

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