We sat back dazed and amazed after recently reading and hearing about the "low" or "plummeting" gasoline prices.
At $3.79 per gallon in Cherokee last week, the words "low gas prices" just don't pop into mind.
What really was a shock, though, was learning that gas prices in the Sioux City area were $3.39 per gallon at the same time, versus Cherokee's $3.79.
Folks, that's 40-cents a gallon difference. Do the math.
An average fill-up for an average-sized vehicle and not some huge SUV or pick-up behemoth is about 14 gallons. At 40-cents per gallon cheaper, you could have saved $5.60 PER FILL-UP by driving to Sioux City!
And, what the hay...as long as we're there, we might as well eat, do a little shopping, and catch a movie - each one another economic blow to this community and its battling band of dedicated businesses.
What gives, Cherokee gas providers?
Forty cents per gallon is one heck of an unfair difference, considering many share in the handful of fuel wholesalers and suppliers servicing the same area.
Ever since the contrived global fuel shortage in the 1970s, we lemmings, spineless governments, greedy oil barons and Wall Street traders, and vindictive Middle East America haters, have combined to push gasoline prices to historic levels that have bankrupted families and businesses, including truckers, airlines, auto makers, and the tourism, lodging, dining industries, etc.
And day by day, as Joe Public bought in and began to accept the price- gouging, money grab by the oil companies, gasoline prices continued to climb until they reached or will in the future reach a debilitating ceiling that satisfies the feeding beast.
In the past few days we've watched the prices drop from nearly $4 per gallon to their present rates. And if you think the upcoming November national elections have nothing to do with that, we've got some lunar vacation packages for sale at discount.
The utter helplessness of the situation - where nobody has our back - is perhaps the most galling element of the gasoline price gouging.
And, as our major media buys into the deceit by publishing such erroneous headlines as "low" and "plummeting" gasoline prices, we become more and more accustomed to such racketeering.
Some experts have said the continuing high gasoline prices are meant to fluff up profits for the oil companies to assist BP in compensating for the aftermath expenses of the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a few years back, and to "rainy day" bankroll any other oil company brethren who might experience a similar calamity in the future.
In the meantime, the exorbitant gasoline prices daily eat away at all of us common folk, with no end in sight until our legislators stop blaming it all on OPEC and come clean and set down some actual "low" and "plummeting" price parameters to better protect their constituency.
But don't hold your breath.