Page 8 God Bless America Chisholm Trail Community News WWW.CHISHOLMTRAILNEWS.COM May 25, 2022 Spotlight on Business Battery Dealer 2297 U.S. Hwy 81, Duncan 580-470-0570 All of your PAINT NEEDS! Heavy Truck Needs! Dealer Your old time parts store, with new time technolgies. 317 West Main Duncan, OK 73533 580-252-5977 Steve Markle Owner Steve’s Auto Service All your Repair Needs! Since 1997 Brakes - Oil Changes - Motor Swap Tune-ups • 24 Hour Secure Access • NO JOIN FEE • Full Service Gym • Women Only • Tanning Available with Membership In Chisholm Mall 580-252-2639 REHME MFG, INC. 100 E. Cherokee, Marlow 580-658-2414 • We build Quality All Aluminum Products, with over 100 combined years in the aluminum manufacturing field. • We manufacture Control Houses for -- N2 Units, Blenders, Combo Units, Coiled Tubing Units, Single and Double Pumpers. • We also build -- Frac Vans, QA, Lab and Choke trailers ad Control Consoles. All units are fully insulated with stainless steel hardware, wired to customer specs. www.rehmemfg.com (580) 251-0523 Lynn Parr Broker (580) 467-3773 Dale Evans SalesAssociate For Sales Appraisals Rentals www.lynnparr.com 1402 N. Grand Duncan, OK FOR YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS • Sale of House or Business • We Have Buyers!! • Value for Legal Matters • Estate or Divorce 2702 Chisholm Oaks Loop, Duncan Parr Real Estate - 53 Years of Experience Phone Calls are FREE! - We Can Help! Take advantage of my 53 years of experience If I don’t know, I know someone who does! 114 N. 2nd St. Marlow, OK This is a Remodeler’s Dream! (across from Police Station) Wed - Thurs - Fri. 10 - 6 Sat 10 - 4 According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States rose to a new record last week- $4.48 per gal- lon. That is up $.15 from the previous week and $1.43 higher than the same day last year. In California, the average is $5.98 per gallon. In Oklahoma, it is $4.04. From January 2021 to January 2022, crude oil prices in- creased 45%, blowing past records set in 2008. Gasoline and diesel prices are the highest on record since the Energy Infor- mation Administration (EIA) started keeping track in 1993. Natural gas prices are up 46%. Average household electricity prices haven’t grown this fast since 2008. Coal prices have ticked upward after years of policy-driven decline. Most of this comes after a series of orders by President Joe Biden to combat climate change. Immediately after taking office, Biden issued Executive Or- ders (EO) cancelling the Keystone XL oil pipeline project and temporally suspending oil and gas permits on federal lands and waters. The administration had to resume issuing new leases after the EO was struck down in federal court, but the Biden administration has appealed. Three observations: First, rising fuel costs impact everything. Prices of food, clothing, and every other consumer good is higher because of increases in freight. America’s freight rates have increased +43% in the past two years, primarily driven by fuel increases. Businesses must pass through those fuel costs to survive. That is a major reason consumers are seeing higher prices at their local grocers shelf. Second, fundamental economics dictate the way out of high prices and high demand is increased supply. President Biden’s idea to increase supply has been to persistently reject allowing U.S. energy companies to ‘drill baby drill.’ Instead the Biden administration has been in negotiation with Venezuela to import oil to the U.S. Back in 2012, President Obama and then Vice President Biden said that America could not drill its way to lower gasoline prices, but U.S. energy companies proved them wrong. Third, the path to becoming ‘green’ has been painful. Presi- GREEN HAS BEEN PAINFUL! dent Biden is clearly committed to America becoming a nation that is not dependent on fossil fuels. Government subsidies (your money) to wind and solar power companies totaled $158 billion last year. Without those tax dollars those industries would be unprofitable. Shutting down the Keystone and stop drilling on federal land have been goals of the left for years. Pushing Americans to buy electric vehicles doesn’t really make us green, because most electric power is coal (a fos- sil fuel) generated. It’s all about optics, not reality. Biden has blamed Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for the high prices at the pump. The truth is Biden’s failed energy policy is the problem. Two things need to take place to help drive down infla- tion and high fuel prices. First, drill baby drill. America has enough oil and gas in the ground to supply our fuel needs. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden could open up drilling and within months, the supply issue would be solved. Second, the EPA needs to reduce the percentage of soybeans produced used to make biodiesel and the percentage of corn earmarked for ethanol. Americans are putting their food into their fuel tanks, resulting in higher food costs on products using soybean oil and corn. Continental Resources Chairman Harold Hamm said, “The Biden administration’s failed policies on energy are not work- ing and it doesn’t appear they intend to do anything differ- ent than what the president has stated repeatedly.” Hamm described Biden’s energy policy as ‘ridiculous,’ and said the administration has increased regulations on the energy sector. Midterm elections are just four months away and Democrats can ill afford to have record inflation and historical prices of food and fuel. According to Project 538, Republicans already have a +2.3-point advantage over Democrats with the Ameri- can people. That margin will widen further if Biden sticks to his failed energy policy and that will result in a bloodbath for Democrats in November. Steve Fair is Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by email at steve.fair@ ymail.com . His blog is stevefair.blogspot.com. Fair and Biased A conservative view of national, state, and local politics by Steve Fair Chairman, 4th District Oklahoma Republican Party Rehme Manufacturing, Inc. located in Marlow is a company with over 100 years of experince in alu- minum product manufacturing. Rehme Mfg. Inc. is committed to building the highest quality Aluminum products on the market, using the latest technology available. The company uses the best available adhesives on the market giving their products a smooth outer and inner skin which provides much better structural integrity than a riveted unit. The equipment consists of Mig, Pulse Mig and Tig welding units, press brake, shear and CNC plasma cutter. They also have a paint booth 75’ long x 24’ wide x 17’ tall to accomodate your larger projects. The company’s experience in building aluminum products has come from many years of working in the aluminum horse trailer field where all types of Trailers, Animal and Cargo, Toter homes and various types of Motorsport transport vehicles were built. Truck and trailer products are also available at www.cushionglide.com. With many horse and livestock trailers being constructed from aluminum products, Rehme offers repair and maintenance of those trailers and products. When it needs to be made or maintained with aluminum, don’t forget to check with Rehme Manu- facturing located handily in Marlow, Oklahoma at 100 East Cherokee.. Call 580-658-2414 for more information or to schedule repairs. Inflation and labor shortage kills The Merchant By Derrick Miller One of Duncan’s long- standing and popular restau- rants has closed indefinitely, the restaurant announced via its Facebook page. “With continual staffing shortages and exorbitant food costs, we have decided it is best to close until the econo- my and workforce returns to ‘normal’ levels,” according to the Facebook post. “Because of our generous portion and high quality of food served, we would have to raise our prices by 40-60 percent to remain open at this point, and that is simply not feasible.” In recent weeks, The Mer- chant had posted several times about staffing shortages. On May 10, the restaurant was unable to make deliveries be- cause of being short-handed, while one day last week, the restaurant closed because of a lack of staff. The Merchant does plan to remain active during the holi- days by serving chicken salad and banana pudding, in addi- tion to taking pumpking roll orders, around the holidays. “Thank you to our wonder- ful customers who have loved and supported our little down- town eatery,” according to the Facebook post. “We hope to be back and better than ever soon enough.” The closure will only impact The Merchant, while the relat- ed Palace Theatre will remain open. The Merchant was noted for serving popcorn with its sandwiches.