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Pretty ironic that the same day Exxon reports that its fourth-quarter profit climbed 27 percent to $10.71 billion, the price of a gallon of gas goes up 30 cents over lunch. It's obvious if you make an $11 billion profit in three months, you are gouging a lot of people all over the world. Just look at your monthly heating bill this winter.

Why aren't our elected government officials doing something about this? Is a big chunk of these profits finding its way back into their pockets, so they are just turning the other way? Something is obviously not right here. Isn't it funny that incumbents running for re-election aren't promising gas-price reductions as part of their re-election campaigns? They promise everything else. Maybe it's time to clean house and get new people in Congress who haven't been influenced by oil company donations.

Mike Nelson

Bloomington

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