Experts are predicting gas prices will spike again this year, starting as early as February in southern California, jumping to $3.50 a gallon up to $4.00 by June.
At noon of February 5th, 2008, the price of gas, at the only four gas pumps in Hickman County, reached a four week high of $3.2999. This was an increase of 80 cents or 29% in 30 days.
From February 5, through March 5, the customers at the Jewell's Convent Store in Clinton, Ky. had witness a series of price hikes that move the purchase of gasoline into a new area of "consumer fear."
The customers at Jewell's fall into three categories: (1) farmers (2) senior citizens and (3) commuters to out of county jobs. The average job related commute is 35 miles one way or 70 miles a day. Many of the senior citzens are on fixed income and cannot afford the new price increases for gas.
Most of these seniors mantain a monthly appointment out of town with their doctor. Senior citizen population added to single women families head of household and below poverty level incomes account for 20% of Hickman County's population at "risk" due to new high price increases in consumer goods and services.
DURING THE WEEK OF MARCH 3RD, WORLD PRICES FOR CRUDE OIL HA S BROKEN THROUGH THE $100 DOLLARS A BARRELL BARRIER AND HAS MAINTAIN THIS RECORD EXPANSION WITH NEW PRICES MOVING FROM $103 TO $106 PER BARRELL.
PAIN AT THE PUMP IS NOW VERY REAL FOR THE COUNTIES OF WEST KENTUCKY. PEOPLE ARE NOW HAVING TO MAKE DAILY GUT WRENCHING DECISIONS ABOUT PURCHASING FOOD VS. MEDICINE VS. HOME HEAT VS. AUTO GAS VS. EVERYTHING ELSE!
IS ANYONE IN FRANKFORT LISTENING TO THE PAIN OF WEST KENTUCKY VOTERS?