- Ada, Oklahoma

September 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor

The Ada News

Ada —  

Editor, The Ada News:

After living in the Ada area for 17 years, I have never understood why gasoline prices are nearly always higher here than in our neighboring communities.

This past week, most Ada stations were selling unleaded fuel for $3.899. The Love's Station on West Main Street was listed at $3.929.

But down in Sulphur, gas was $3.809; gas in Stratford was $3.779; gas in Asher was $3.759; and in Shawnee, I paid $3.699 for Conoco.

Furthermore, according to the Daily Oklahoman on Saturday, September 22, the state average was $3.757, fourteen cents less than here.

What is so incomprehensible is we have to pay more than the national average of $3.833. On September 23, CBS reported the national average to be $3.81. We know this includes the high-priced East Coast and West Coast. To charge Ada residents significantly more than the national average is shameful greed. I have no idea who sets the fuel prices here, but it's obvious we are being grossly and unfairly overcharged.

Where there is a problem, there is usually a solution. Therefore, I would encourage our city council or chamber of commerce to discuss this matter and then pursue it with the applicable oil companies and distributors. A "laugh-in-the-face" should not be an acceptable answer. We aren't asking for favors or special treatment. We are only asking for fair and equal treatment.

The great, hard-working citizens of Ada shouldn't be overcharged for gasoline. Let's see if we can remedy this situation.


Gary Brandt



Editor, The Ada News:

An accident happened in Latta on the road in front on my house today. A beautiful small, large-eyed, blonde dog was killed by a car.

It wasn't the dog's fault. Everyone knows a dog doesn't have the smarts to check the street for vehicles before crossing. They just follow their noses.

It wasn't the fault of the driver of the car. Everyone knows you can't always stop when an animal runs out in front of your car. When that happens, the animal is always the loser. The driver is a dog owner who loves dogs and was devastated by the accident.

Thankfully, a law officer from ECU stopped and took the little body away to be disposed of so it wouldn't have to rot along the roadside.

The person at fault is the dog's owner who allowed it to run loose instead of keeping it on a leash or in a fenced year.

The moral of this story is: If you love your pets, keep them in a pen/fenced area or on a leash for their good and also to save someone the anxiety of the unintentional running over of someone's pet.


P.A. Smith