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What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a gallon of gas?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd Street on March 22, 2011

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“Ninety-nine cents, but we’ll pay what we have to pay.”

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“I don’t drive so it doesn’t bother me.”

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“It depends on what I have to be driving for.”

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“We have to pay what they ask. We have no choice but to buy.”

Comments

Ceallach 3 years ago

Well, 20 years ago I paid 3.50 to 4.25 in Europe so I really don't know just know I haven't reached it yet.

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tunahelper 3 years ago

the price of gasoline has DOUBLED since omaba has become thugtator.

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mr_right_wing 3 years ago

We will pay whatever they charge.

We love to talk about alternative fuels, but do absolutely nothing about it...we've got an incredible abundance of hot air.

I've heard from experts, even if we really started working on alternative fuels today; we talking about 10 years before we would see results.

Open up your wallet...you have no choice.

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BruceWayne 3 years ago

who cares as long as The Svenderella campaign fund is buying.

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average 3 years ago

Very easily $10/gallon. Possibly more. Not that I'd use much in my car for in-town bopping around at that price. But, the couple of gallons a year for the rototiller and chainsaw? Totally worth it at $20-30+.

Take an average sedan with you and some groceries. Hire four high-school jocks to push it five miles, up a couple of hills, as fast as they possibly can. Pay each of them 45 cents for the effort. That's $10/gallon gasoline. Energy is absurdly cheap right now, and we're painfully addicted to massive amounts of it.

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ophiuchus 3 years ago

I'll be paying for it in inversely proportionate (less-) frequent-driver miles.

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LadyJ 3 years ago

autie (anonymous) says… I don't know about Hollis but i think we picked up the ghost of spacehog hitching in comanche county one night, on the way to Sun City.

Was he carrying his stuff in "space bags"? Can't believe I've been getting spam e-mails for Space Bags

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georgeofwesternkansas 3 years ago

I remember my older sister learning to drive. Mom told her to pull into the Standard station and get 10 gal of gas. The attendent comes out and my sister asked for 10 dollars worth, and everyone started laughing. The car would not hold 50 gallons.

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cheeseburger 3 years ago

We could start helping ourselves by buying gasoline from domestic suppliers and boycott those suppliers who obtain their oil from foreign sources.

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whats_going_on 3 years ago

I'll pay what I have to pay to get my happy arse to work and back, so I can make the money I'll eventually give back to my car.

Vicious cycle.

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Stuart Evans 3 years ago

there has been no change in the flow of oil to the United States, only speculation. The price of oil is soaring by the shear fears and mechanics of Wall Street. These are the same people who tanked our economy on fears and speculation. How could all of this possibly be happening with a White House full of Wall Street ex pats?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years ago

Many comments in jest now 03-22-2011 with unprecedented gas prices. Five years ago? Would be much more serious tone.

May God Bless far left kooks slash GWB haters.

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autie 3 years ago

That weren't me no how that was charliejohnson. put too much fuel in the fire and din't watch the pressure on the condenser line...you cain't get good help no more.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

"Maybe if Autie asked him to help, his still would quit blowing up"

Nah. Half the fun is the danger factor . . .

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LadyJ 3 years ago

" Don Dunn, adjunct instructor" Decided to look that one up just to be sure. I found: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search Adjunct may refer to:

Adjunct (grammar), words used as modifiers Adjunct professor, a professor who does not hold a permanent position at a particular academic institution Adjuncts, sources of sugar used in brewing

So he could 1- intsruct people on grammer, 2- be an untenured professor, or my favorite 3-an instructor that teaches about the different sugars used in brewing. I think Hollis and Autie would like this one too. Maybe if Autie asked him to help, his still would quit blowing up.

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g_rock 3 years ago

I hate it when gas is out of control. And why do foreign people control the gas? I just avoid eating cabbage or beans and I'm fine. Beano, folks!

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gccs14r 3 years ago

It depends on who's getting the money. If it were going to a local biofuels cooperative and taxes to pay for dedicated passenger rail, I'd have no problem paying $12 a gallon. Since it goes to fatten the wallets of oil execs and mideast dictators, as little as possible.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

According to planet-killer merrill, gardening nekkid is also good for the environment.

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BABBOY 3 years ago

I forgot the question.

Too many posts.

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K_Verses_The_World 3 years ago

All that foreign oil controlling American soil...

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Liberty275 3 years ago

"What’s the most you’d be willing to pay for a gallon of gas?"

Whatever the price says on the sign in front of the gas station. I'm certainly not going to steal gas, and I won't ride next to the bums on the tbus. Biking and walking are strictly recreational. I have no desire to bore myself to death in an econobox (the subaru is bad enough).

At 8.5 MPG. I'll pay whatever it costs to drive the vette instead of settling for the alternatives.

I do appreciate everyone else saving gas though. Doing so leaves more for me to waste.

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autie 3 years ago

I don't know about Hollis but i think we picked up the ghost of spacehog hitching in comanche county one night, on the way to Sun City.

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Kat Christian 3 years ago

To say "we'll pay what we have to pay" is a total apathetic copout. Its a wonder these large companies get away with gouging consumers because we don't fight back. I say $2.50 is high enough for me. However, coping out is the same as pushing everyone to go green when it is the manufacturers that need to be told to do this initially. They over package items to the hilt then the consumers not only have the pay a higher price for the item but have to be responsible for trashing it in a "green" way. It's about time consumers speak up about it, instead of just accepting it.

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CWGOKU 3 years ago

Anybody carpool with Hollis? Might be a scary ride, but I'd give it a try to save on gas. I'm sure the cops would be afraid to pull him over. Probably wouldn't make a good designated driver though.

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jlzack 3 years ago

I'm not willing to pay the price at the pump now.... but I don't have a choice when I have to drive 16 miles to work....

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autie 3 years ago

Bob, did you just tell me to pee in the yard behind the trees and to go buy a goat instead of mowing? Cause if you did, I'm all over it dude.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years ago

Things Merrill convienently left out on his prior patented Cut'N'Past post...

65.Use a push mower instead of a gas or electric mower. A typical older 3.5 horsepower gasoline mower emits the same amount of pollutants in one hour as a new car driven for half a day (approximately 550km).

66.Brown is beautiful; let the lawn go brown in the summer in order to conserve water. Alternatively, plant a ground cover that doesn’t require a lot of water rather than having a grass lawn. An hour of sprinkling uses about 1,300 litres of water, the equivalent of 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined.

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

Going green will be good for the earth, good for your budget, good for your health and a great gift for John’s 70th Birthday!

Transportation:

  1. Drive less. Walk, ride you bike, take public transport or carpool. Approximately 50% of car use is for trips within 3 miles (5 km) of home. Resolve to not drive within this 5km radius of your home. You'll be saving fuel and reducing pollution, and you can also save on trips to the gym with this added exercise. Parking the car for 60 days this year = CO2 savings of 917 pounds.

  2. Do not idle your car for more than 10 seconds (unless it’s 40 below, in which case, just hope it starts!) Idling for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your vehicle.

  3. Avoid aggressive driving. “Jack-rabbit” starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%.

  4. Drive steadily at posted speed limits. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 90km/h to 120km/h can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%.

  5. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to prevent increased rolling resistance. Under-inflated tires can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 6%.

  6. Use your air conditioner sparingly. Using a vehicle’s air conditioner on a hot summer day can increase fuel consumption by more than 20% in city driving. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation on your car instead of the air conditioner.

  7. Service your vehicle regularly, according to the manufacturer's instructions. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.

  8. Change your oil every 5000-8000km.

  9. Consider joining a car co-op rather than owning your own car. With a car co-op, you can have the convenience of a car when you need one, but will be discouraged from driving unnecessarily. Also, you can get the car you need for the job you’re doing. If you need an truck occasionally but not all the time, this gets you one when you need one.

  10. When renting a car, get the most energy efficient vehicle you can and resist the free/discounted “upgrade”.

  11. Reduce air travel. Use teleconferences whenever possible rather than attending distant meetings. Holiday closer to home. And if you do travel by air, consider purchasing “carbon offsets” as a way of offsetting some of your emissions. (see #83 for more info.)

  12. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

http://100waystogogreen.blogspot.com/

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

The cost of gasoline is one thing. Global warming is the larger issue. Walking or biking every chance you get of course will help a great deal. Even fuel efficient cars contribute to global warming which is to say walking or biking will still be desirable to achieve the overall goal of getting global warming in check.

Yes public transportation is more fuel efficient than 50 cars. Still yet walking and biking must be necessary no matter what. Total elimination of fuel I doubt will ever happen and probably does not need to happen. Global warming will not disappear until humans decide for themselves to do something about it.

Lawns will still need mowing no matter what. Designing and converting yards to less grass could be at the top of a list. And mowing fewer times a month. My customers are as necessary customers and most always have been. Some have reduced grass space substantially.... YES! Two reduced grass space to the point they now mow themselves.

Which brings up another matter known as fertilizing. Fertilizing most often promotes top growth so why not stop fertilizing and let nature take it's course. Mulching lawn mowers provide natural feed by chopping up grass and leaf clippings. Stop watering and fertilizing saves money in multiple ways to include hot summer times when grass quits growing then no mowing. Grass comes back eventually. If some dies then reseed in the fall before fall rains and/or early spring = less money and less toxic than fertilizer and weed killers. Remove those cancer causing agents from your life.... mother nature knows best.

A horticulture instructor would say frequently that mowing was the best weed control combined with re-seeding once or twice a year.

Wealthy oil companies are still receiving subsidies all the while reporting billions in profits. Could be there is something wrong with this picture.

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kernal 3 years ago

$8.00 a gallon, just like they do in Europe.

Time for us to grow up and face reality. The good ol' days of cheap gas are gone.

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Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

The price of gasoline could drop overnight. Just start selling it by the liter.

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beatrice 3 years ago

They should have asked the question in the aisle with the bottled water. If people will pay $2 for a quart of "Smart Water," there is virtually no limit to what they will pay for gas.

The real questiion is, how much will gas prices have to rise before people start to change their driving habits and begin driving fuel-efficient vehicles?

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Bill Lee 3 years ago

Wall Street speculators have more effect on gas prices than supply does. It would also help to build a few more refineries in this country. Oil is more pleniful than gasoline.

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sherbert 3 years ago

The question should not be 'What are you willing to pay'? We have no choice. The question should be "Where will you be willing to drive'? Cause our driving habits will have to change and we'll only drive when necessary. That'll hurt the economy because we'll quit going to the store for fun, quit running around and quit taking driving trips.

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HollisBrown 3 years ago

Pinetop just won a grammy, too. Oldest recipient in history. I was a huge G n' R fan when KOHD came out on Use Your Illusion. They'd been playing it live for years. Decent spin on the original. That was around the time Axl really started coming unglued, but Slash completely tore it up, except when he was doodling too much.

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overplayedhistory 3 years ago

I will pay whatever it takes to make it unprofitable for people 700 miles away to muscle me out of my local market. Now if someone could produce locally some of the stuff I need that kills me on shipping, that would be great. I am sure Brownback will attract industry and jobs to solve that one.

Gosh we better give more subsidies to oil companies, that will do the trick, charge our kids so we can buy it cheaper now. It is not like there is a finite amount of oil in the earths crust that is tougher thus more expensive to get or anything. More people in India and China driving, that could not possibly be driving the cost. Nope, just plain old liberty one school of economics inflation and nothing else.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years ago

$360 million dollars, at least that's what my President thinks it is worth with his Third Barbary War.

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autie 3 years ago

When Pinetop Perkins was asked about his secret to longevity, he replied, "I like it here".

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

10 million dollars.....and a few good men.....

isnt this what's its all about?

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autie 3 years ago

Hollis, Alias.

Hollis, Pinetop Perkins died. He was only 97. He could definitely boogie woogie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SwtO4... cue up the 5 minute mark.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years ago

"ezgo golf carts" Merrill

Maybe you should knock it off with your earth killing two cycle engines.

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July1960 3 years ago

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

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FlintlockRifle 3 years ago

I like about $1.50 price, when I was young gas was 12-16 cents a gal, plus they checked the oil, tire pressure and wahed your windshield, wow Memories , they should write a song about Memories---hey wait they did.

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HollisBrown 3 years ago

If that big oil guy Slim Pickens was still alive, he'd put a stop to this nonsense. He was great in "Dr. Strangelove". I also liked him in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid". But then, I liked every Sam Peckinpah movie. Did you know that Bob Dylan wrote "Knocking On Heaven's Door" expressly for that 2 minute scene where Slim dies in "Pat Garrett"? And if I hear one more person say they want that song played at their funeral, I'm gonna blowtorch my face off.

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

I believe about 70% of voters supported the T money. As demand grows so will bus routes.

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July1960 3 years ago

Plant your yard to sunflowers and call it a garden-No tilling or mowing?Will that work.Just screwed with the price of gasoline,some of us have to drive!!!! So you pay what they ask,NO CHOICE!! Wish i could just get drunk and not drive-That would be the life!!!!!!!!!!!!! Working for the fastfood industry-HA! Get a real job,Bus does not go where i have to..What kind of bus service is it anyway-What good is it? Another waste of the cities dollar-Just do away with it i say??? Ask Merrrill he has all the answers!!!!!!

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HollisBrown 3 years ago

I tried mowing the grass last summer. I used one of those self-propelled mowers. I passed out about halfway through. All I remeber is seeing the mower heading toward Clinton Pkwy on Kasold. If anybody sees it, let me know.

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independant1 3 years ago

If I have a choice? 16.9 cents per gallon. Give me a dollars worth of gas, two quarts of oil and wash the windows.

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pace 3 years ago

Is that in Koch bucks , pre oh I mean untaxed dollars, or just regular working family dollars after taxes.

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autie 3 years ago

Only one solution. Stop driving. Get drunk with Hollis. Hollis, I'm with you buddy..in spirit we shall consume...and not mow the grass. Till the garden with the dog pulling a plow. When you don't use it, they can't sell it. When they can't sell it, the price will go down.

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Liberty_One 3 years ago

Gas prices actually aren't going up, the value of your dollar is going down. In terms of silver or gold gas prices have actually gone down. If we were still on the gold standard we would be paying less for gas.

This is just inflation at work, which is done on purpose in order for the government to tax us without us seeing it.

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independant1 3 years ago

About $1.20. The current cost of a gallon of compressed natural gas in KS. Of course the closest CNG filling stations are in Topeka and Shawnee, KS. CNG costs about 63 cents per gallon in Utah but about $2.50 in California.

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HollisBrown 3 years ago

Whatever they ask-You have no choice!!!!!!

So true. Sorry, hippies. Cars will never run on wheat germ. In this day and age, don't you think we could come up with a car that gets better than 30 MPG? Of course we can, but the oil companies wouldn't stand for it. And don't blame the Arabs. There is no supply shortage or disruption right now. The current price of gas is based on "fear" that there might be. Well, I still have a fear of monkeys flying out of my butt. It's all about profit. Dick Cheney will probably need another plastic heart soon.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years ago

“I don’t drive so it doesn’t bother me.”

— Jessica Alves, fast food employee, Lawrence


Think again sweetie. Just because you don't drive doesn't mean it doesn't affect you and shouldn't bother you. Higher transportation costs translates to higher prices to you, the consumer. And as someone who I assume makes close to minimum wage since you work at a fast food joint, those price increases affect you more than someone who has a little more wiggle room in their household budget.

It should bother you, Jessica. It should.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

For the first 8 years of this century, every uptick in the price of gasoline was blamed on the White House. Gas is still going up but now the Mope in Chief bears no responsibility for that?

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July1960 3 years ago

Whatever they ask-You have no choice!!!!!!

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HollisBrown 3 years ago

I used grain alcohol to start my lawn mower once. But at $6/pint, that's $48/gallon, so I drank it instead. After that, I was in no shape to drive. I try to stay drunk most of the time. It saves a lot on gas. I think if everyone would just stay so drunk they couldn't drive, the Arabs would lower the price of oil.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

Our first born child is getting rather jumpy these days. Just sayin' . .

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thuja 3 years ago

We have no choice? The oil companies must love answers like this.

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Benjamin Roberts 3 years ago

19.9 cents per gallon.

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second.

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