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There Ought To Be A Law Against It

All of us at times when we see something unjust will say, "there ought to be a law against it." Well we have one this week that many of you will probably agree with us. Gas stations should not be allowed to raise the price of gasoline once a tropical system enters the Gulf of Mexico.

A week ago just as Hurricane Gustav was entering the Gulf and many Mississippians were making plans to evacuate, the price of gasoline was going up at most pumps. In fact the Attorney General says he has seen instances where the price went up as much as 32 cents a gallon. This should not be allowed to happen.

Many folks are already having to stretch their budget when they evacuate and why should they have to pay another five or six bucks just to fill up their tanks so they can get out of harm's way. Allowing this to happen could keep some local residents from being able to evacuate. This is just not right.

We believe when a storm enters the Gulf gasoline prices should be frozen and stay that way until the storm goes ashore. All of us are willing to pay our fair share for gasoline, but we should not be held hostage by companies who are wanting to make a few more dollars during an approaching storm.

If you agree there ought to be a law, then call the following lawmakers and let them know your thoughts.

  • Governor Haley Barbour at 877-405-0733
  • MS Attorney General Jim Hood at 601-359-3680
  • Congressman Gene Taylor at 228-864-7670
  • Senator Roger Wicker at 601-965-4644 
  • Senator Thad Cochran at 601-965-4459 

If enough of us speak out, then something is bound to happen.  

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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