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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Swing and a miss

The paper's recent editorial position toward energy issues - and specifically, gas costs - generally has been to split the responsibility for solving the dilemmas between lawmakers and ordinary citizens. The first group has to realize the oil industry is an oligopoly and requires regulation of some sort and the second group must make a push to change typical lifestyles as energy needs grow and supplies dwindle.

So it's hard to say state Rep. Marlin Schneider, D-Grand Rapids, is completely wrong to voice his suspicions that Wisconsin Rapids is getting screwed in gas prices. But when AAA and a local oil executive both say you're off-base, you might want to reconsider asking the Justice Department to look into pricing irregularities. Unfortunately, this smells stunt-ish, although Schneider wouldn't be the first lawmaker to use gas prices as a political tool.

Schneider sits on the Rural Affairs and Renewable Energy committee in the Assembly. With ethanol surging in popularity, he's sitting in a prime position to advance energy policy. It'd be much more refreshing to see that than the same old complaints about gas prices.

Matt

Photo from state Rep. Marlin Schneider's Web site: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm72/asm72.html

1 Comments:

  • At 9:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Snarlin' Marlin has skated by, year after year, wrongly making political lightning rods out of issues that he could never even attempt to change or influence at the state level. If he could confine his political crusades to something that he could truly affect as a state lawmaker, that would be different. But, for years, the man has lacked focus and reaks of pure political self-promotion. He needs to step down. Time for someone new to truly lead change in Wisconsin Rapids.

     

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