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Letters to the Editor

Nothing fair about prices or inaccuracies

Well, it’s a good thing that I don’t have a weak heart, when I noticed this morning on June 5 that gas prices jumped by 20 cents a gallon overnight. I don’t recall any major spike in the price per barrel, etc., that would have caused this gigantic increase.

In traveling today, I paid $3.65 a gallon at a station by the Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa. This saved me 54 cents a gallon compared to the $4.19 in Rock Falls/Sterling. However, the $4.19 a gallon might make one want a stress test.

By the way, gas in Fort Worth, Texas on June 5 was $3.29. I guess we don’t live in the right place – or do we?

I also would like to respond to Mr. Fox’s guest column on June 5. It contained two inaccuracies.

I sub 10 to 15 days at Rock Falls High School in a year, and I do not have any teacher pension taken from my checks; I have federal and state withholding and Medicare. Hence Mr. Fox is wrong.

Also, TRS, like other state pension systems, is under attack – not just the others to which Mr. Fox refers. Once again, Mr. Fox is wrong. That’s strikes one and two.

I would hope that SVM or someone on the editorial staff would check guest column writers’ accuracies before you print incorrect information. The public expects fair and accurate information coming from the news media, which is to be neutral in appearance.

If not, then that seems to be strike three.

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