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Oil exports cause higher gas prices

T.R. Steffanson ('Gasoline rationing would solve problem,' letter to the editor, March 3) is as upset about the price of gas at the pump as I am.

He says if there actually is an oil shortage, then ration gasoline.

There is no oil shortage in the United States. What most people are not aware of is last year the No. 1 U.S. export was oil. Yes indeed.

If you control the amount of oil in the U.S., then it is much easier to control the price. Add to that that speculators are buying huge amounts of oil when the price dips down and are holding it in tankers off shore until the price goes back up.

Between the oil companies and speculators making billions of dollars, we will not see a price break at the pump for a long time.

Jerry LaCoste

Troutdale

Editor's note: According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the largest U.S. export in 2011 was fuel, including gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and ethanol. The fuel is derived from crude oil. The exports were made possible by a fuel surplus in the U.S. brought about by a drop in demand for gasoline as consumers switch to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Reynolds teachers need public's support

Recently, I came across a list of contract proposals put forward by the Reynolds Education Association and another list of proposals by the Reynolds School Board.

Times have changed, and it seems the teachers are up against, well, almost anything and everything. I volunteer as a teacher's aide three times a week, and I thought I'd seen it all. I was I wrong.

Each teacher is expected to be a carbon copy of the others. Every room is to be a carbon copy of the others. Teachers don't dare be different or a little creative.

If there are unruly children in the classroom, teachers and administrators can't do anything because the school board's members have fixed it to be everyone's fault except the parents. Teachers have no choice but to grin and bear it.

And if they do have the nerve to speak up, I suppose they know they will be pushed out the door, no matter how great they are as teachers or how long they have taught.

To me, teachers are the center of our universe. They are the ones who will teach our children right from wrong, good from bad and encourage them to succeed in life.

If you want to help put an end to the contract impasse, please support the teachers by calling the members of the Reynolds School Board and letting them know how you feel. After all, it's in the best interest of your children for now and for the future.

Arlene Easly

Gresham



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