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Cite all the reasons you want, but this is wrong
I felt a little smug for not being one of those air travelers being socked for $6 billion last year in fees (“Airlines pocket $6B in baggage change fees,” Business, May 15) until I started looking at the price of gas at the pump.
During the last few weeks, gas prices have gone up 50 cents or more, and it’s not even Memorial Day. I would expect this kind of hustle from a down-on-your-luck-skid-row-bum but not by a multi-billion-dollar oil company. I’ve heard the tap-dance patter of reasons why prices are so high — change over from winter to summer blend, oil refineries down for repair, global conflicts — but the only reason that makes sense to me from where I sit here in traffic is that some greedy fat cats decided they would because they could.
I don’t have a problem with these companies making a living — I own stock in an oil company, for crying out loud. I just wish they would limit the percentage increase they charge me as a customer to the percentage dividend payout they give me as shareholder.
Benjamin Cherryhomes, Hastings
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On Wednesday at 2 p.m., I drove into Emily, Minn., and gas was $3.89 a gallon. At 6 p.m., I drove out of Emily, and gas was $4.15. A 26 cents-per-gallon in four hours. This speaks to the dishonesty of this American industry.
Kent Rees, Emily, Minn.
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Scandals are the fruits of inevitability
The Star Tribune editorializes that “the defensive, evasive Obama … needs to be replaced with a more transparent and accountable, take-charge president.” The May 16 editorial cartoon compares President Obama to President (Tricky Dicky) Nixon.
America is experiencing a clash of adages — the Peter Principle and Murphy’s law. Those are: “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence” and “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
Question: What happens when a person is promoted to his level of incompetence, and anything that can go wrong goes wrong?
Answer: President Barack Obama happens!
Gene Delaune, New Brighton
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