Well, the boys of the square coffee cup are a bit relieved that the price of gas is going up. We were afraid it may stay low — well, lower. Money we were saving allowed us to spend more around the Helena area. Now we will not have to buy as much. And those new planned projects around the house can be cut back. Many of us are relieved because we had been putting on a few pounds eating a little better. We will now get to cut back here also. We are also happy to see the courts are still busy with lawsuits to stop the pipeline from Canada, which would help keep prices down.
There are a few questions that arose from all this cheer. Why is this going on? A few radio reports said that part of the problem is Venezuela, that we had stopped importing oil from there and so a shortage. Well, what happened to the reports that we were now exporting oil and becoming more independent in this area?
Then there is the old fallback report of the oil refineries being worked on, so this also creates a shortage. Well I would reckon the truth is out there, just where who knows.
All in all, if prices continue to rise our smiling faces may not be seen in as many places and there may be a few more empty motel rooms and campsites. Oh well, maybe the tourists will fill them.
Charlie P. Hull Jr.