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Letter: The Price of Gas

I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but the price of regular gas in my area has risen from $2.09 per gallon several weeks ago to $2.56 per gallon now. This is roughly a 22 percent increase in three weeks and I am sure the price will continue to rise.

Since the price of oil per barrel has not risen by this percent I wonder who among our elected officials are looking out for us, the consumer. I am also sure that the cost for bringing produce to the pump has not risen weekly.

This is just an attempt by the oil companies to overcharge the consumer based upon the fact that they monopolize this aspect of our economy and until or unless alternate fuel sources and/or choices are available, we have no choice but to pay. Indeed, the mere fact of record oil company profits just underscores the fact that it is not just “costs” that are being passed through to the consumer. In addition, the argument that the higher prices will force conservation does not justify being ripped off at the pump. We should conserve, but not at the expense of our pocketbook.

Paul Drezner