Letters to the Editor

Missing days of cheap gas and good service

It doesn't seem so long ago when we were filling our gas tanks at service stations. For those too young to remember perhaps you could catch an episode of "Andy Griffith" to bring you up to snuff.

The local station I patronized wasn't exactly Goober's of Mayberry, but it was similar. I remember the attendant running out with a big smile to wash my windshield, check my oil, tires, radiator or anything else I needed. It was service with a smile.

He would ask: "Will that be regular or "Ethel?" For some reason they called high-test Ethel, I often wondered why they didn't call regular Fred or Lucy. This of course was before clean-air initiatives prompted us to get the lead out of our tanks.

Gas was only about 50 cents a gallon then, so most times I'd just get three or four dollars worth depending on how much money I had or if I was trying to impress a date or if I needed to save a little for a RC and moon pie.

Times have changed. Now when I pull up to the pump I pay about $3 per gallon. An unfamiliar voice comes over a scratchy speaker telling me that it's OK for me to pump my own gas.

What about the oil, windshield and tires, I mutter under my breath. Instead of getting $3 or $4 worth of Fred that probably wouldn't even get me out off the lot, I now have to use my credit card to complete a transaction that costs me about 40 bucks. Forget the moon pie and hold the RC!

If my tires were inflated at the same rate as recent gas prices they would blow me to Kingdom Come or Saudi Arabia. I've heard old folk talk about the good ole days. Lately I have those same longings every time I pull up to a gas pump.

- Deryl Duncan


Media ignores good happening in Iraq

George Morin's recent letter ("Columnist must have open mind in Iraq," To the Editor, Oct. 6) regarding Dick Yarbrough's trip to Iraq is telling in that it reveals he has little knowledge of how the Iraqi people feel about their liberation.

Ironic it is that he would find it refreshing to hear firsthand from the people themselves, yet when Iraqis extol the virtue of the mission and give thanks to the U.S. for their freedom, it is rarely if ever published in our liberally biased media.

There have been plenty of instances where returned soldiers have shared their thoughts about their efforts there. They are invariably proud of their work and have noted repeatedly how gracious the Iraqi people are. There are numerous places on the Internet that one can find Iraqis themselves relaying their thoughts.

Interestingly enough, a documentary made by Don North, "Remembering Saddam," which told the story of some Baghdad businesspeople who suffered under Saddam, being tortured in Abu Ghraib prison and then having their right hands cut off, was refused airtime on any U.S. broadcast or cable network. These men suffered under Saddam and gave thanks to the U.S. and its soldiers.

Perhaps Yarbrough will get a whiff of how it's going over there. One can only hope that people will accept his findings, even if it wasn't what they wanted or expected to hear.

- Tony Rivera