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Oh those gas prices

Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 4:04 PM

I have to admit that all through this gas price increase issue, that I held out hope…Yes, hope that, especially in a political year, someone, somewhere would fly in with their Superman cape on and save the day…..it looks like it is not going to happen.
The other afternoon after work I turned on the national news and about the time I did, a "White House spokesman" was telling the American public that, in so many words, you are just going to have to deal with this gas situation..I think he said we would all have to adjust in other areas…That is just plain depressing…

Yes, I really did have faith and believe that one day, in the not too distant future that someone would come out and say "gas prices will take a dramatic drop within the next few months"…looks like now we won't hear those words..at least not anytime soon…

I sure don't begin to have any answers…but I know this..in making my rounds each week, that subject-gas prices--is the number one topic among a lot of people…the problem is…like groceries, we must have gas…and yes, we can all cut back and make fewer trips and stay in town 100 per cent of the time, etc. etc. But why should we ??

I saw someone interviewed last week and they said…"Americans shouldn't be subjected to this and shouldn't have to live like this"….agreed.

Remember when gas went over $2.00 per gallon and we were all up in arms ?? well…wouldn't you like to see $2.50 per gallon now ?? how good would that look ?? probably the same way that the current $3.l9 per gallon is going to look in about a year…perception is amazing….

So what is the solution…or is there a solution….will we ever go back or are we destined to continue to inch forward with gas prices ?? so many questions…so few answers……the American public is screaming for mercy…is anyone…make that anyone out there listening ?? does anyone care ??


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Gasoline is eight dollars a gallon in England,,,,,,,,,, be more optimistic and grateful.................

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 6:45 PM

When George Bush gets out of office it'll go down.....

-- Posted by Hogmom on Wed, Mar 26, 2008, at 11:50 PM

The oil prices, are something that the U.S. really has a limited control over. Speculative pricing due to production by OPEC and the Saudis can easily drive prices up. It's not the government, and it's not 'the big oil companies' (although Exxon's not hurting). It's a slippery slope that no single entity can get a grip on.

-- Posted by CodeyH on Thu, Mar 27, 2008, at 10:13 AM

Amen!!!!!!!!! jibbajabba

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Thu, Mar 27, 2008, at 9:42 PM

Jibbajabba, you made some very good comments that a lot of people don't want to hear, but that's life and that's the same thing I've been saying for years. We as Americans think we deserve everything given to us, when in fact the only way we get what we want is to work for it. I heard it rumored on the radio on 3-27-08 that the truckers are gonna start striking due to the price of diesel fuel. You think gas is high now? Wait til truckers quit delivering gas for our regular vehicles, bread, milk and eggs to our grocery stores. Buckle in folks it's gonna be a bumpy ride til someone steps in and straightens this out. It's going to have to be a grassroots campaign to make the most noise we can, to say we need help. The price of fuel isn't just affecting our social lives, which I'm definitely not cruising on the weekends so I could care less about that. It's affecting our livlihoods. It's affecting the groceries we as families can afford to purchase.

-- Posted by miked on Fri, Mar 28, 2008, at 10:22 AM

It's like .50 a gallon in the middle east.

-- Posted by Tennessee8 on Fri, Mar 28, 2008, at 10:52 PM

Even though the tax on a gallon of gasoline is a fixed rate........ it's still about the same percentage of the cost as the tax on beer...................

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sun, Mar 30, 2008, at 5:12 PM

instead of talking about it, we(as americans) should stop buying gas for two days and see how that effects the gas price..

-- Posted by jc in dyersburg on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 4:08 PM

yes it is true americans do spend to much of their time wasting thing and not enough time fixing them. Like why are people buying vechiles that only get 8miles to the gallon or less. Just because they have a sale on them doesnt mean for you to go and buy them, start saving for your future,not what you want now.

-- Posted by jc in dyersburg on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 4:17 PM

i saw this morning on the news where the trucker are deciding on going on strike, if so watch out for the gas prices then. Who knows maybe that is what we need is for someone like them(a big company like that)to do this so that our so call president will do something about it. Who knows anymore

-- Posted by jc in dyersburg on Wed, Apr 2, 2008, at 10:09 AM

there is no way that we could be hurting that bad for oil. the government talks about all that we have on reserve there is no excuse for high cost for fuel. if the people will unite together and refuse to buy gas for one week as hard as it may be, the price in fuel will drop drastically. the oil companies are making billions of dollars every day. one week would put the hurt on them by not buying their product.

-- Posted by jnelson0310@yahoo.com on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 4:43 PM

Yall are all just wierd. Seriously... Boycotting won't help, government is not the problem. I DO agree that Bush could be the main problem. His BEST friend is the CEO of Exxon. Does this tell you anything??????

-- Posted by anicole2713 on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 11:21 PM

the bushes, 41 and 43, are owned by the oil companies, lock, stock , and barrels(of oil that is)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sat, Apr 19, 2008, at 12:14 PM

Someone wrote we should be walking or riding bikes ,etc. to save gas and shut up about it. Well, it is hard to put a 73 year old woman on a bike to go to the Dr. and the grocery store. Summer heat and winter weather are not a help in TN. either, not to mention our town's business's are spread out all over and most are not near most folks homes. There are no buses or trains that I am aware of to take you to the store or the DR. I have thought of moving away from here to places you can walk and where they actually have someplace you want to go to, but I have obligations and grandchildren here. I can't just walk away from my family . I'm afraid alot of our younger people are going to go and this town will dry up even more than it has already. Look at the stores and resturants that have already closed their doors. I hate to say it but if Wal-Mart goes out we are in trouble and "They" know it. Let's face it , this is home until Curry's comes for us and we just have to do what we can but unfortunely it takes gas . The oil corporations have us by the short ones. Government could help by capping prices so they cannot go . In the 70's they were rationing gas. you could only buy so much.

-- Posted by Glenda on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 12:07 AM

Nathaniel, I agree that government should let oil companies drill for oil whereever they find it. But if we abolish taxes on gasoline how are we going to fund the construction and maintenance of roads, streets, highways..... and interstates............

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 8:52 PM

If we had waited for private enterprise to educate us most of us would still be illiterate.......... If we had waited for private enterprise to build roads,,,,,, our great system of interstates ( the greatest engineering feat in the history of mankind) would never have existed........... The government does not construct roads......... Ask John Ford of Ford Construction Co............ Private enterprise, under contract to the government, has built our roads.......... laissez-faire capitalism went out with the robber barons of the nineteenth century...... a mixed economy with government regulation to keep the capitalists straight, is the best way to provide the most for the most people...... Have you ever seen any electrical wiring that was done in Dyersburg before building codes were passed and enforced......... that alone is enough to convince me that private industry should be held answerable to society as a whole................. Private industry is only answerable to the laws of the marketplace, supply and demand..........

government is responsible for doing the most good for the most people..... while working with the most efficient segment of the economy: the private sector.......... all democracies are mixed economies....... they're the most harmonious and most productive social structures yet devised..........

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Mon, Apr 28, 2008, at 7:27 AM

A well run efficient, productive business can be compared to a thoroughbred race horse who has been bred and born to run. But even the greatest horse of them all, "Big Red", Secretariat, needed a jockey. After Big Red reached the head of the homestretch at the Belmont, the jockey was a mere passenger, but even the great Secretariat needed to be held with tight reins ever now and then. Look at Henry Ford and Bill Gates. It would be nice if all bureaucrats were as smart and talented as Eddie Arcaro, Willie Shoemaker, and Bill Hardtack........ The difference of opinion makes a horserace...... Everyone at Churchhill Downs on Derby Day has probably placed a bet........ Every one who makes a purchase on the New York Stock Exchange is placing a bet........ You puts down yo money and you takes your chances,,, that's the American way....... No accident that 7 and 11 are considered the luckiest numbers in American culture.............

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Mon, Apr 28, 2008, at 11:10 AM

this country has its down fall but it is neither ignorant nor is it any more wasteful than the next. the government needs to relize that we are not gaining anything by having a war then rebuilding the country that we are war with. this country is in bad shape and it is only going to get worse if we dont get bush out. they need to send our children home and end this dirty war. we can not afford this war for another 2 to 3 years enough of our children has died. we get them home and stop with the building back of iraq we can then have a start of getting this country out of a recession.

-- Posted by jnelson0310@yahoo.com on Mon, Apr 28, 2008, at 3:54 PM

The cost of fuel is going up for many different reasons. The war in Iraq being not the least of which. The war has dropped oil production in that country by almost half. The value of the US dollar also affects this as oil is bought in dollars no matter which country it comes from or goes to. Jnelson I agree with you on the war and that it should be ended. However if you pull out without setting up some sort of infrastructure your going to have the same situation we got into with Afghanistan in the 80's and when we just pick up and leave it'll be set for a Taliban style government to come and set up shop and Iraq will be the next terrorist training ground. As for the US strategic reserve. There are only 757 million barrells of unrefined crude oil at its maximum capacity. This is only enough to sustain the US at the current rate of demand for a month. It is becoming apparent that we may need to start looking harder at alternative sources of energy. Downside to that is that food prices are going up due to the cost of fuel and the use of land being moved from crop production to crops for ethanol based fuels. We are in quite a bind and it's going to take alot of work to get us out of it. I wish I had some good answers, but I don't.

-- Posted by theartfuldodger on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 12:45 PM

Well the State Gazette could help people find the best deals if the paper would start printing the local gas prices every day. This would be a great service to the community.

-- Posted by terryt on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 1:19 AM

Charlie --- Beans! Beans is the answer! All we gotta do is fill out tanks full of beans.....step back...and wait for the gas. That'll do it. Forget corn / ethenol / fuel. Beans, beans good for the heart the more you put in your tank the more you'll go......

-- Posted by greasons on Sun, May 18, 2008, at 10:04 PM

Beans, beans, the musical fruit,

The more you eat, the more you ---oot.

The more you ---oot, the more you ---hit,

Beans, beans, boy they're it.

Beans, beans, good for the heart,

The more you eat, the more you ---art.

The more you ---art, the better you feel,

Good old beana at every meal.

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Mon, May 19, 2008, at 9:15 AM

Funny.

-- Posted by greasons on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 8:55 AM

Don't much thank that anythang we say nor do is gonna put a dint inthis gas price...We is just a gonna keep a buyin till the ole station aint got no more to buy. i thought bout gittin me a horse n buggy ye know like in them good ole days. Reckin we all do that?

-- Posted by spanky on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 7:46 PM

Don't much thank that anythang we say nor do is gonna put a dint inthis gas price...We is just a gonna keep a buyin till the ole station aint got no more to buy. i thought bout gittin me a horse n buggy ye know like in them good ole days. Reckin we all do that?

-- Posted by spanky on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 7:47 PM

Gas is $3.859 today at Junior Food Mart on Harrell Avenue........... I paid $0.999 a gallon on the way to Florida at Pearl,Mississippi in 2001........... the manure has hit the fan...........

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 11:23 PM

gas prices arent going back down are you kidding me

-- Posted by blabbermouth on Tue, Jun 17, 2008, at 3:31 PM

With gas prices approaching four dollars a gallon this hot topic blog should be getting a little more action...................... Complain, b-t-h, somebody say something about the gas prices............

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 8:39 PM

i don't care who or how but somebody or some group has got to do something...we can't keep paying this much without starting to lose everything else !!!

-- Posted by bruceville ballplayer on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 8:57 AM

We either pay or walk......... the Arabs have us by the ying yang.....................

-- Posted by Johnny Yuma on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 10:41 PM

We do have a solution in the palm of our hands. Just place your palms on the steering wheel and drive right by the place you usually buy gas and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same for a set amount of time. Then pick another location and do the same for a while. It's called "boycotting". Anyone remember that. If we use this tool effectively we can bring about a little discipline to the gas companies. Is this too radical?

-- Posted by Carjockey on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 11:48 AM

charlie, are you ever going to update this jewel?

-- Posted by closerlook on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 4:38 PM

u really don't have an opinion that you dare sharing, do you charlie???

what a patriot!

-- Posted by closerlook on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 9:28 AM


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