March 5, 2007
Dear Editor, Here we go again. The driving season is approaching and the oil companies are preparing us for the spring escalation of pump prices for gasoline. The echo in the room from the TV announcement about the drop in the stock market had barely subsided when the pump price for gasoline had jumped by 16 cents per gallon. The oil companies give their usual response in reply to the question as to why the price of gasoline goes up at the pump when the gasoline in the tanks is the same gasoline that a few minutes previously was selling for substantially less.
July 26, 2006
Dear Editor, Why must there be a scapegoat any time a price increases or is deemed too high for your tastes? The prices that prevail in the marketplace are not "set" by any one person or firm (sans government obstruction). Despite what many of you believe, evil corporations do not set prices to exploit us bitty little consumers. Are the people responsible for putting on the fair somehow greedier this year than they were last year? If you subscribe to the view that market transactions are exploitive, then for consistency's sake you must believe that you are exploiting sellers when prices are low. Somehow I don't think you believe that.
May 4, 2008
As a nation, we have come to expect perfection; hence, when things go wrong, we want to blame someone. Few people today are willing to accept that something bad can happen and no one is at fault. People sue medical doctors whenever a procedure does not end perfectly, even when the outcome was, in fact, beyond any doctor's control. High oil prices and high gasoline prices are hard on everyone, and they are particularly hard on low-income folks. The public holds the oil companies responsible for high oil and gasoline prices.
July 9, 2008
On June 6, the price of a barrel of oil increased more in one day than an entire barrel cost a decade ago. Today in central Kentucky, some families are choosing between buying groceries and getting to work in the morning. As gas prices soar to more than $4 a gallon, Kentuckians need relief. Gas prices are high for a number of reasons. Decades of failed policies and the increase in demand from new world powers such as India and China are catching up to Americans. The weakening dollar has helped make the price of a barrel of oil skyrocket, while price speculation by major investors further artificially drives up the price.
March 21, 2007
Dear Editor, A recent letter addressed the recent jump(s) in gasoline prices and how the big oil companies were evil, taking our money, had us over a barrel, etc. While the price of gasoline is dependent on the price of crude and the price has been jumping around a lot, the oil companies are not in the business of sticking it to us. We should be directing our attention on what is really sticking us - our government. Crude oil is taxed when it is pumped out of the ground in this country or imported from other countries.
November 18, 2008
Dear Editor, The current economic crisis has generated a virtual stampede to the money trough, commonly known as the U.S. Treasury, by every business that is suffering from a downturn in profits. Unfortunately, the trough is dry, but Congress doesn't know what that means. Many of these businesses are in a financial bind because of bad management, and their caving in to union demands that has driven their cost of doing business through the roof, resulting in their inability to compete.
June 22, 2008
Dear Editor, Talk about how to solve the high price of oil and gasoline covers the whole spectrum, from do nothing to nationalizing the oil companies. One of the most common statements made by some of the politicians and the news media is that we can't drill our way out of the dilemma. I strongly disagree. I believe we can and must drill our way out of it. It is the need for alternative sources for oil brought about by the lack of drilling for domestic oil that got us in the dilemma in the first place.
July 29, 2008
Dear Editor, The Democrats' response to drilling off shore or in ANWR is beginning to wear thin on the nerves of anyone who can rationalize about the energy situation. Their claim that the oil companies are already sitting on drilling leases covering millions of acres and should be drilling in those areas doesn't square with their rhetoric that labels the oil companies a bunch of greedy, profit driven vultures that will do anything to keep their stockholders happy. If the oil companies are as greedy as the Democrats portray them to be, and there is enough oil there to make it profitable, then why are they not drilling in those areas for which they currently hold leases?
July 24, 2006
Dear Editor, In case others misunderstood, I do not blame the fair for rising gas prices. I know the oil companies are to blame for increasing costs of everything. I'm simply stating that I prefer the old policy of charging a standard admission, with the option of buying a ride bracelet. I think this would be the more fair way for everyone to enjoy the fair. As far as how many agree with me this year, I'm not concerned about that. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.