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The resemblance between gas and politics


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advcoate publisher

The other day I heard that in some places in the country Shell Oil has gasoline stations where the gas pumps are interactive. Because of that they are taking a presidential poll, to see who is ahead.

Is that a good idea? I mean mixing gas and politics.

Okay, let's face it. If you really think about it, gas and politics have a lot in common. And it doesn't matter what kind of gas you are talking about.

But politics now seem to be all the same, regardless of whether it is grass roots or national.

Gas is energy in a raw form. Politics take a lot of energy. So let's look how they compare.

Politics often smell bad, but particularly in this election cycle.

While as a kid I liked the smell of gasoline I have since learned that putting your nose over the top of the spigot on a gas can not only can make you sick, it can kill you, either right away or over time from some dreaded disease that might crop up.

Politics does the same thing. It seems to be a smelly thing that over time could easily kill our country. Just look what politics have done.

In the last year we have two presidential candidates who have now amassed nearly $2 billion for advertising their points of view. By all estimates, when all is said and done by Nov. 6 (election day) there will be one million national campaign ads run on television within the bounds of our nation. Eighty percent of those will be negative ads.

The thing is, if you look at other kinds of gas (besides petrol as the British call it) they smell bad too. Natural gas from the ground doesn't smell until they put an additive into it so you can identify a gas leak.

I identify that kind of gas with more local elections. Many of them didn't smell near as much as national campaigns a few years ago. Now national campaigns have spilled over their stink and made these contests smell just as bad as the presidential election. Just look at the Matheson-Love contest. That is getting so bad that I am sure I can detect even a bit of other natural gas that is emitted from its activities. The stench is spreading everywhere.

That's another thing about gas. You can't contain it. The smell goes off into the air and everyone around can detect it, whether you want them to or not. That's just what has happened in the Fourth Congressional District race. The barrage of commercials has infected the whole body of the state. If you watch upstate television, you will smell it, even though we in Carbon County are now in the Second Congressional District.

That last fact should cause some gas pains among many who liked being in the Second District as it was before the Utah State Legislature redrew the boundaries last year. Now the Carbon area has more Utah county influence on it than ever, and for many here, that is a very foul smelling gas indeed.

Of course there are a lot of gases in the world, and some fresh oxygen in our political system would help a great deal. However, that fresh oxygen will only come from true change within the state, and it appears we in Carbon County will once again be trapped under a cloud of gas not of our own choosing.

What's the solution?

Maybe some laughing gas after election day would help in the short run.

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