I hate letters complaining about gas prices. That said, March commodity prices for April refined gasoline (RBOB) plummeted below 40 cents per gallon. National reports of pump prices under a dollar surfaced. Locally, reasonable additions for taxes, transport and profit are usually about 60 cents. Did we just pre-pay future Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines and an “explosion” of civil lawsuits?
South Dakota media obsesses over the governor’s daughter and her salary, which is less than one-third that of Aberdeen’s city manager. Isn’t it strange that a small town city manager pulls a salary 50% higher than the mayor of Sioux Falls and the governor of the state? Apparently that’s of no interest to The Associated Press.
Similarly, I’m sure the media won’t investigate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s request for 40,000 ventilators he didn’t need. Do he, his friends or donors have interests in ventilator companies? Incidentally, is #cuomosexual really a complement? It sounds more like a grade school taunt.
Forecasts of 2 million COVID-19 deaths seem greatly exaggerated, however death counts now resemble a Cook County ballot box being used as a political cudgel. Someone who falls off the roof and dies two months after a hurricane isn’t a hurricane death, and someone that is ill and succumbs isn’t a COVID-19 death if untested. Even those passing with COVID-19 don’t necessarily die from it but are fodder for networks running on-screen death counts like some demented telethon tally board.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems fixated on $1,200 government handouts. Has any courageous reporter inquired whether she remembers denigrating similar amounts paid by companies to employees after the Trump tax cuts referring to them as “crumbs”? Media bias, I hate that too.