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Energy Efficiency, Not 'Draining America,' Is Answer to Oil Woes

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Energy Efficiency, Not 'Draining America,' Is Answer to Oil Woes

In the opinion-page article ''Avoid Long Lines for Gas, Tap Alaska's Oil Reserves,'' May 18, Sen. Frank Murkowski (R) of Alaska, chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is misleading when he says that environmentalists ''rejoice in the choke hold'' that restrictions on oil and natural gas production have, leading to more imports.

The solution is not to tap Alaska's oil reserves; rather, it is to go into fast forward with pragmatic policies that promote energy efficiency. His ''drain America first'' productionist proposals will undermine not only our natural resource heritage but also our vital energy security.

John G. Merriam Bowling Green, Ohio

Kudos from a 'Kiwi abroad'

As a ''Kiwi abroad,'' the sentiments that were expressed in the editorial ''Sailing With New Zeal,'' May 16, are appreciated.

The qualities of good sportsmanship, technological innovation, hard work, enthusiasm, and Yankee, or to a New Zealander, Kiwi, ingenuity, really know no national boundaries.

That they were demonstrated with such grace, humility, and good-natured humor by the crew of Black Magic and their support team of more than 3 million speaks volumes for a society that honors, and respects, not only individual initiative, but cooperative team and community participation that plays fair and to the rules.

What a blessing for all competitive sports should this victory go some way to putting an end to the ''win-at-all-costs rule-bending that distracts from the pure sport.''

Richard Sellens Eugene, Ore.

On board to reexamine race relations

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