Trudi’s Corner

By Trudi Cunningham

I have been going back over articles I had written some months ago. There are those, when I would repeat myself about certain situations, and here I go again, as a reminder of what’s still going on. I still can’t get over the fact that people totally ignore the cell phone law when driving. It is a law, isn’t it? Do they believe they are the exception?

Then you have those who will drive through a small neighborhood street to avoid a traffic light to get to a main road and exceed the allowable speed but also know that there have been accidents many number of times because of it. So much for those particular gripes.

Now let’s get down to some serious questions. How many happened to see the article in the business section earlier this month in reference to U.S. energy independence? Well, hurrah for us, as according to the article, crude oil production is up 3.6 percent, natural gas is up 10 percent and vehicle efficiency is up almost 50 percent. How many can remember that gas was actually down a little below $3 for about a week? Lo and behold, it jumped back immediately to $3.30 [and it’s been going up ever since.] Now to diesel, that was always cheaper than gas, but is now about 40 cents more per gallon. That, I can tell you for a fact, as that is what I use.

Now we have heating oil at $4 a gallon. I can’t stand those fractions of a cent – $3.99 9/10. I know it’s been that way for years, the same as in stores when a price is listed under $50 – $49.99. Whoopee, such a deal! What’s the expression, “You may fool some of the people some of the time, some all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” I’m sure most of us do get the message, but what I want to know is, when will something be done about it?

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