Tuesday, May 20, 2008

We can make a difference

I think the biggest topic of conversation in most circles today is the skyrocketing price of gas. It hit $4.00 a gallon in the Northeast and it has a lot of us crying the blues. With summer coming and vacations on the horizon, many of us are thinking about cutting back on our plans. It is almost as if we have given up.

Last week in Norwich there was a public hearing on whether or not the Utility Company could raise the rates and only three people showed up. I think many of us are just resigned to the fact that there is nothing we can do. We even have the local newspaper telling us that it is better to do nothing than to do some stopgap measures.

Well I don't buy it. I remember a guy named Martin Luther standing up and saying he had enough of the status quo. I remember a group of revolutionaries banding together to demand their independence. Their names were Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Hancock. I remember a man named Franklin Roosevelt who took to the streets saying that we could change things in the worst period of our country's history.

When people get together they can do incredible things. So here is my little suggestion. Start going to the gas station in town with the cheapest prices. Don't let the guys who are posting a penny or two higher get away with it. Let's start a gas war. Let's reward the company with the lowest price. Let's retake control.

That is exactly what Martin Luther did in his day. He said he wasn't going to let the leaders bully him anymore and he took a stand. It changed the world and it changed the church. Maybe its about time the church changed the world again. Let's not just get greener. Let's get a little meaner too!

Here is a tool that will help. It tells you the cheapest price to find gas by state, county and even town or city. Next time you need gas, check it out and go to the cheapest place. If we all do this it will make a difference.

Well that's my rant for today. I know it's atypical for me but this is an issue of economic justice. The increase in energy prices is forcing up the prices for everyone and it hits the poor the hardest. We need to speak for them and for ourselves.

Here is the web address. Check it out and then let's do something about it.


To find the lowest price check on your state and then click your town or city.


1 comment:

Denise said...

Amen, I totally agree.