Avoid gas gougers by looking around
Big surprise: Gasoline prices at the pump go up! No surprise: Gasoline prices at the pump go up!
Why? Because there was a crisis of some sort, this time Hurricane Ike, which did little or no damage to the oil production capacity and in fact, produced no shortage of gasoline.
But to the oil industry, any kind of crisis, real, imaginary, or manufactured, is a reason to increase prices. A penny here, a nickel there, a dime for a few weeks.
At two local Chevron stations near my home, the price of a gallon of regular jumped from $3.63/gallon a week ago to $3.80 at one station and $3.89 at the other just a few blocks away.
Does that not sound like price gouging? It does to me.
I could, of course, file a complaint and in a month or so after subpoenas are issued and resisted, the appropriate government bodies will deliberate on what punishment, if any, should be dealt, but by that time the price will probably have come back down a few pennies.
But here's a startling concept: If you're not running on fumes and absolutely must fill up your tank, go to a different station and maybe even (gasp!) pay cash. Simple, isn't it? If you don't have to, don't buy gas at the inflated price.
G. B. Leatherwood, Spring Hill
Library staffing can be adjusted
Now that the library system has decided to close some libraries on Saturdays I can just imagine the wailings, cries and teeth gnashing soon to come from the enraged citizenry about such a move.
But I see this as nothing more than a bureaucratic ploy purposely done to elicit just such a response in order to protect bureaucratic turf and convince commissioners, through this soon-to-be-a-deluge of angry calls, for re-establishment of Saturday hours and increased funding.
I've worked as a manager and had to juggle schedules in order to provide seven-day-a-week coverage. I got no more manpower for it. What you do is take one worker from one day of the week and shift them to Saturday.
Do that for every day of the week and all of a sudden Saturday's got 5 employees. The rest get read the riot act and told to suck it up.
Sure, the employees won't like it but would they rather be at home unemployed? Or have they reached a point in life as a government employee that they feel they are owed a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job no matter what the economic circumstance of the rest of the county?
Vilmar Tavares, Spring Hill
SPCA needs help with rejected pets
Everyone knows that the economy and mortgage crisis has affected us all deeply. Those Social Security and retirement checks simply do not cover the basic needs of gas, shelter, food and utilities like they used to. Many people in Hernando County have lost their homes.
Do you ever wonder what happens to those beautiful pets that used to sit in the living room, watching TV with the family? Well, a lot of them are taken, abandoned, left and discarded at the SPCA of Hernando County.
People worry more about how they are going to get their cable service moved to their new address rather than where their pets are going, now that their new landlord doesn't allow animals or if they are moving in with family and just don't have the room.
The SPCA has been in operation for almost 30 years. This past year has been one of the most heartbreaking years because of the record numbers of beautiful family pets arriving at the shelter. Not just your average mixed breed either, we are seeing purebreds, some with papers being turned in.
We are in dire need of monetary donations to keep our doors open. Our vet bills alone are astronomical. If you can't donate, won't you consider volunteering a few hours a week to help a cat or dog? We could use any help we can get to help maintain and sustain a quality of life that these wonderful animals deserve.
We are open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week and are located at 9075 Grant St., Brooksville. You may also call 596-7000.
Tracey Hedges, Spring Hill