Archive for Friday, May 12, 2006

Fuel charges

May 12, 2006


To the editor:

Many are questioning big oil about price gouging.

But I also worry that it's coming to Lawrence. My sprinkler service added $3 to the bill for "fuel charge," in effect, raising their service fee.

Also, the company that came to check our furnace and air conditioner billed $10 for "materials," when none were required. So I called to question the charge and the lady admitted it was a mistake. It should have been designated "fuel charge." Is that enough to cover the cost driving to our house?

Maybe I am not understanding. Vehicles have always used fuel and that was included in the service fee. Maybe next we can expect a surcharge for increased health costs? Or tax increases?

Don Conrad,



Speakout 11 years, 10 months ago

Right on Don, as usual. I used to go to Ottawa every day for sales calls and had to cut way back because of the cost to go there. Should I charge my clients for my sales calls? "Ok, before I leave, I need to charge each of you $10 for my gas to get down here."

When will this all stop? and I don't just mean the price of oil? Are we being charged more because the Oil producers want more or are we being punished for our actions in the Middle East? At some point we Americans have to stop this spinning wheel!

anonimiss 11 years, 10 months ago

It's part of life. Natural gas prices rise and fall, and you get charged for the changing price. Fuel for electricity rises and falls, and you get charged for that. Gasoline prices rise and fall, and you pay the difference. Construction estimates are often under the actual price, as material prices rise and fall. Milk prices fluctuate, as do nearly every food depending on the year. You pay the differences. But when someone who used to have a fixed price must now pay twice as much for transportation, you want them to take the hit and lose money.

On to another topic, oil is a traded commodity, meaning the prices are set on a stock exchange floor between buyers and sellers. Prices depend on the supply and demand, as well as potential problems such as hurricanes and civil unrest. Interesting coincidence: next time the oil price falls, watch Iran's president. I'll bet he makes some threat to the US or Israel, and -BAM- the oil prices rise again.

Speakout 11 years, 10 months ago

No, Anonimiss, US and Israel are threatening Iran. Have they said one thing to make you think they are going to attack the US or Israel, yet both have suggested that possibility quite strongly. We are a foolish nation.

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