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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 18, 2012

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Islam embodied by young activist, not Taliban

Re: "Pakistani girl shot by Taliban now in U.K.," Oct. 16

As a Muslim female student at George Mason University, I feel strongly about the Malala Yousafzai incident and hope others feel the same. The Taliban is so frightened by a girl fighting for her right to study in Pakistan because there is a secret they do not wish the world to realize -- something incredible, which so threatens their power that they attempted to murder a 14-year-old girl to hide it.

While the misguided Taliban would like to promote the idea that Islam prohibits the education of girls and women, there are strong references that are contrary to their ideology. Prophet Muhammad stated, "Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim man and Muslim woman."

Clearly, Malala was only fulfilling her Islamic duty when she was shot on her way to school. While the Taliban shoot and cower, Malala is the personification of Islam. She shows its truth, which threatens the Taliban's very existence.

It is the Taliban who should be afraid. Their secret is out.

Saira Bhatti

Centreville

Nation can't afford low-carbon fuel standard

Re: "California gas prices are a warning," Oct. 10

Diana Furchtgott-Roth's column outlines a five-step plan to lower gas prices in California. A key component of this plan rightfully calls for the elimination of the state's low-carbon fuel standard -- a burdensome and duplicative program that is stifling the region's economy.

Atop of already record-high gas prices, several independent studies have found an LCFS will paralyze California's refining industry by mandating the use of low-carbon fuels and vehicle alternatives, causing gasoline and diesel prices in the region to skyrocket.

While California has made some headway with electric vehicle incentives, these vehicles still cost thousands of dollars more than their gasoline-fueled counterparts, travel only a fraction of the distance per fill-up and require several hours to recharge. And despite the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires the use of millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year, manufacturers have yet to produce more than a few thousand gallons for the commercial marketplace.

While the intended goal of an LCFS is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the program will limit crude oil imports from North America, increasing our reliance on foreign fuel sources and creating crude and biofuel "shuffling" that will increase global emissions.

Despite these fatal flaws, a University of California, Davis-led group is now behind a drive for a national LCFS mandate projected to cost the U.S. between $410 billion and $750 billion by 2025. The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management is also attempting to gain support for this destructive program in that region.

LCFS is already costing California consumers. We can't afford to see what it will do to the rest of the country.

Michael Whatley

Executive vice president,

Consumer Energy Alliance

Houston

Volunteering can help tone down abortion debate

The issue of abortion acts as a lightning rod that can spark the most venomous political debates. However, no matter the outcome of this year's election, there will still be 40,000 women and 17,000 children living 50 percent below the poverty line in the District this year.

Bright Beginnings is a day care and education center for homeless children and families. Calvary Women's Services offers shelter and education programs for poor and homeless women. They both need volunteers and donations.

People considering donating to a pro-life or pro-choice organization, marching in a rally or helping out at a phone bank should first consider helping organizations such as these that are helping needy women and children better themselves every day. This is a goal that conservatives, independents and liberals can all support.

Nathaniel Hamilton

Arlington

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