Gas gouging; 'Talking politics' is a responsibility — Letters to the Editor, Dec. 28, 2019


Gas gouging again

Once again I find myself complaining about gas prices here in Florence.

Over the years, the price of gas in Florence is often 10c/gal cheaper than the price in Eugene; Currently, we are currently paying an average of 23c/gal more than Eugene.

In the whole of western Oregon, it is easier to count the towns with more expensive gas than Florence than those with cheaper gas. Towns that generally have more expensive gas are now cheaper.

There may not be collusion between fueling stations but there is certainly no competition amongst them; if no station drops its price the others seem to be happy to keep the status quo.

Next time you are buying gas, ask why we are paying more than most of Oregon. Better yet, send an email to customer service of the gas station’s head office.

Maybe a few complaints will show that gouging does not make happy customers.

—Frank Keavy

Florence

‘Talking politics’ is part of every American’s responsibility

Lets talk politics — but who cares you say?

All citizens should.

A review of civics, which is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship, can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website (www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/citizenship-rights-and-responsibilities) which reads: “Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. We are a nation bound not by race or religion, but by shared values of freedom, liberty and equality.”

And then, it continues to say that all U.S. citizens have a voice in how our nation is governed. However, along with the many benefits there are also equally important responsibilities:

“Rights include the freedom to express yourself, freedom to worship as you wish, right to a prompt, fair trial by jury, right to vote in elections for public officials, right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship, right to run for elected office, freedom to pursue ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.”

Those responsibilities include supporting and defending the Constitution; staying informed of the issues affecting our communities; participating in the democratic process; respecting and obeying federal, state and local laws; respecting the rights, beliefs and opinions of others; participating in our local communities; paying income and other taxes honestly and on time to federal, state and local authorities; serving on a jury when called upon; and defending the nation if the need should arise.”

If we ignore “politics” and assume or “trust” that elected officials are doing what is best for us, are we participating in the democratic process? Are we assuring we have a voice in how our nation is governed if we stay on the sidelines?

To pursue “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” we must take our rights and responsibilities as citizens seriously.

It is time for every citizen to “talk politics.”

—Beverly Sherrill

Florence

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