In the early 1900s the oil companies were not allowed to have monopolies on oil. It was a U.S. government law.
Two years ago the U.S. government took off the monopoly law, and Mobil Oil and Amoco Oil merged and now Exxon Oil Company is merging with another company. The monopolies off and the prices have jumped and they plan on even going higher.
These companies have the equipment and ships overseas and can make a shortage anytime they want, so we are really in for it. Look at the Montana and Dakota Indian land they take the oil and never pay them. Maybe the same goes for these other countries as well.
Boy are we dependent on oil all over the world. Every country uses cars just like we do--and other equipment that uses big company gas and oil. Too bad the monopolies off.
Relay for life
This is the fourth year that I have written a letter about the Relay for Life to the editor. Each year time goes more rapidly and life keeps us all overly busy. My letter is to remind us all that there is still a huge responsibility for our community to continue to fight against the overwhelming disease of cancer. Cancer has once again come into my family with my sister's colon cancer returning to her liver. She is putting up a brave and difficult fight. Relay for Life is one small way that I can help raise funds as well as encourage her and others who are living with the battle, the loss, or counting off the years of survival.
Relay for Life is a 13-hour event, with teams working together walking and raising money for the American Cancer Society. In turn they will use those funds to enable more research in all areas of cancer and to fund patient services in Todd County. During the event there is an opportunity for survivors along with family, friends and community to experience encouragement and caring. A luminary lighting ceremony, with luminaries bearing names of survivors, and names of those we have lost to cancer. It is an awesome experience that will make a lasting impression on everyone involved.
We will have our first 2001 planning meeting on Monday, February 19, at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Clinic Board Room. Look for signs. If you would like to help support this event in our community and county, we need and welcome you. For information call me at (218) 894-3199.
2001 Relay for Life Chair
I'd like to add a few points to the editorial "Reagan finally gets his due." First, the author forgot just a few minor details about "Reaganomics." Nineteen-eightytwo saw the worst recession since the great depression of 1929. Along with that minor detail, the national debt tripled under eight years of Reagan, while his promise to reduce the national debt looked like a bad joke (on us).
As for Communism, it was already on its death bed after 70 years of totalitarianism. America is, was, and will always be great. President Reagan didn't make America great again. I lived in California when Reagan was elected governor and I always remember that he cut people in mental hospitals from 3 meals a day to 2 meals, to save a few hundred thousand and promptly spent $10 million for a new governor's mansion. Reagan was just another president, no better or no worse--power to the people!
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