Gas pains

When it costs $60.00 to fill up a Jeep Wrangler, you know you've got trouble right here in Blue Ridge city. And that starts with "T" and that rhymes with "G" and that stands for "gas."

Each year, as the summer travel season approaches, oil companies find an excuse to raise gas prices: An oil refinery goes down, a purported "threat" emerges in an oil-producing nation or demand spikes.

When it costs $60.00 to fill up a Jeep Wrangler, you know you’ve got trouble right here in Blue Ridge city. And that starts with "T" and that rhymes with "G" and that stands for "gas."

Each year, as the summer travel season approaches, oil companies find an excuse to raise gas prices: An oil refinery goes down, a purported "threat" emerges in an oil-producing nation or demand spikes.

When oil prices rise on the international market, oil companies pass the increase on to consumers immediately. We see it at the pump within a day or two. When oil prices drop on the same market, it takes weeks, sometimes months, for the drop to make it to our local gas station.

Our President is a product of the oil business and he takes care of his friends, not the people he took an oath to serve.

So the madness continues — and it will continue until we, as consumers, find a way to wean ourselves off the mother’s teat of petroleum.

Michelle Morris, who owns Oddfellas Cantina with husband Rob Neukirch, told me the other day they are planning to buy a hybrid to cut down on gas costs. We’re looking at alternatives to heating our home with propane: Solar, wind generation, geo-thermal or prehaps a combination.

But it will take much, much more. If history is any guide, we will need many more crises before action becomes the rule and not the exception.

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6 Responses

  1. Time for a Vespa if you don’t mind looking a little silly…?

    Putt putt putt putt putt putt…

  2. hmm, had to throw in a shot at Bush, didn’t you. But didn’t the same trend occur under Clinton? and pretty much every other president in the last 2 or 3 decades? But of course Slick Willie can’t be to blame, it was all W’s fault, he’s responsible for everything negative that has happened for the last thirty years, I guess. Geez, give it a rest!

  3. NEW PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION

    This is probably the best e-mail I’ve seen in a long, long time. The
    following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye from GA.
    This guy should run for President one day…

    “We the sensible people of the United States , in an attempt to help everyone
    get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our
    nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of
    debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren,
    hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense
    guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other
    liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole
    lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require
    a Bill of NON-Rights.”

    ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any
    other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but
    no one is guaranteed anything.

    ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is
    based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You
    may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but
    the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

    ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a
    screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool
    manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

    ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans
    are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in
    need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after
    generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the
    creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes. (This one is
    my pet peeve…get an education and go to work….don’t expect everyone else
    to take care of you!)

    ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be
    nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in
    public health care.

    ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If
    you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if
    the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

    ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you
    rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be
    surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where
    you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of
    leisure.

    ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to
    have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you
    to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training
    laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)

    ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means
    that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot
    easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created
    by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

    ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you are
    from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came
    from!

    (Lastly….)

    ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country’s history or
    heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet,
    you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith
    at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of
    our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

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