Was Jason Parent able to keep a straight face when “explaining” why gas prices are on their way up again in the gas prices story of Wednesday? (Gas prices soar despite lagging crude oil, Chilliwack Progress, March 4). And did you believe him? If so “you’re a better man than I am…” as Rudyard Kipling once said.
The word “obfuscation” springs to mind when reading Mr. Parent’s explanation. Obfuscation, (or beclouding) is the hiding of intended meaning in communication, making communication confusing, willfully ambiguous, or harder to interpret, often by circumlocution. Sound about right?
The gas price story changes with the circumstance, but it always comes down to the same thing. The grand pooh-bahs of the oil patch will say and do anything to keep the prices up and to keep their big salaries and bonuses at the expense of the driving public.
How can we believe them when the story changes so often? They are very fortunate that Canadians are so willing and almost eager to say, with that cute little shrug… “well, what can we do about it?”
And isn’t it fascinating how every station seems to come up with the same price right down to the tenth of a cent? But of course there is no monopoly when it comes to gasoline pricing is there?
Fortunately the border is close and with just a bit of adjustment in our driving habits we can make it across to benefit from the cheaper gasoline.
Do we feel guilty? Nope.
Andy & Bev Fraser