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Looking Back: Soundoff
, p. 30

Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 30 May 1998
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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It isn't all that often that I deviate from my usual style of column but about once in every two years I find myself wanting to "sound-off" so here goes.

Why, when there is a price increase in merchandise the price is reflected immediately by merchants? If the price of a commodity decreases, the shop keeper will tell you that he can't lower the price until his old stock has been depleted.

Beer prices. I pay about $27 for a two-four here at home but pay as low as seven dollars in the United States for the same amount of suds. Even with the value of our dollar it's still only about $9.80 Canadian.

Grade Three testing. Several parents in Ontario are up in arms over this move by our provincial government. I ask why? Is there any sense in asking a child (or an adult for that matter) to turn to page two if they do not understand page one?

Why do motorcycle owners insist on revving their motors while waiting for traffic signals to change from red to green? This applies to all hours, day or night.

Folks complain about political matters but say there is no use in writing to their representative be they be local, provincial or federal.

Gasoline price changes are reflected daily at the pumps in the USA when there is a change in world oil prices. In Canada, it takes darn near a month before we see any change.

Now that I have spouted off I feel a whole lot better and I thank you for lending me your ear.

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Looking Back: Soundoff