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  • COPs eye Aug 30, 4:36 p.m.

    Gas is going up b/c of Syria? well then how bout we do things different then we have been doing....go there take over n take gas at pennies on the barrel as payment for our military services rendered. If that cant be done than let Syria and middle east handle their own problems and keep our forces home.

  • COPs eye Aug 30, 4:29 p.m.

    There is absolutely nothing correct about the headline of this story. On what plant is 9,000,000 lost jobs, 70% of new jobs are temp, and $3.55 per gallon of gas good??

    Pirate01

    AMEN to that

  • kcfoxie Aug 30, 2:39 p.m.

    I just realized that when I drop the diesel engine into my convertible, I'll be able to brew my own fuel for it and drive to and from the beach and have enough left over for a day or two's commute to work. Sweet.

  • Pirate01 Aug 30, 11:57 a.m.

    There is absolutely nothing correct about the headline of this story. On what plant is 9,000,000 lost jobs, 70% of new jobs are temp, and $3.55 per gallon of gas good??

  • Bill Brasky Aug 30, 11:29 a.m.

    "everything still sucks plain and simple"

    Very inciteful and educational, certainly the part where you said the past doesn't matter, but than you say it does matter in the next sentence. Had you read the article you are posting on you would see more people are traveling this Labor day than last year due to lower gas prices. This in turn helps the economy, which has been steadily improving.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 11:29 a.m.

    I really don't care what it cost a year ago, I know what we are paying now compared to just a week ago.
    tayled

    Yes... about 5 cents more. I even posted the exact numbers.

    We're still paying a bit less than last month... and a lot less than last year.

    Gas prices fluctuate seasonally. Reliably.

    they went up from august to september LAST year.

    they went up from august to september in 2011.

    they went up from august to september in 2010.

    And so on.

    Now, SHOCKINGLY, they're going up from august to september THIS year.

    And you guys are somehow surprised.

    But the above shows why it's worthwhile to compare the SAME time year to year.

    In fact why that makes MORE sense than comparing different times of the SAME year.

  • tayled Aug 30, 11:15 a.m.

    COMPARED TO LABOR DAY LAST YEAR.

    I really don't care what it cost a year ago, I know what we are paying now compared to just a week ago.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 11:12 a.m.

    hey junkmail...because the past is history...un changed events. it does no good to gloat about- What Challenge

    Really? then it's very strange your next bit is this:

    gas has been lower over the past month until recent weeks. why, because it has been rising. comparing year to year does not make sense.- What Challenge

    I thought the past was irrelevant?

    (and you're wrong, gas was MORE last month- I've posted the specific numbers several times now).

    Further, gas prices tend to rise and fall seasonally.

    So why does it make sense to you to compare to last month (a different time of year)... but NOT exactly a year ago (same time of year)?

    Your argument not only makes no sense, it contradicts itself.

    and your facts must be coming from the Obama administration- What Challenge

    No, they come from math.

    But by all means, I've posted direct links to the data- show us how Obama secretly made it up!

  • What Challenge Aug 30, 11:06 a.m.

    hey junkmail...because the past is history...un changed events. it does no good to gloat about how prices are lower now than last year as if it is some big feat. gas has been lower over the past month until recent weeks. why, because it has been rising. comparing year to year does not make sense. that was then and this is now. current trending levels and markets show that fuel is rising emphasis on current values. it is false and misrepresentation to say that the economy is improving with lower gas prices as simply put on the title and not including per say this time last year. and your facts must be coming from the Obama administration...everything still sucks plain and simple.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 10:23 a.m.

    yes...this article talks about prices this time last year...which is non justifiable- what challenge

    Why?

    Gas always goes up and down at about the same time every year.

    So comparing year to year makes perfect sense.

    gasoline was 20 cents cheaper a week or two ago.- What challenge

    No, it wasn't.

    I just gave you the specific numbers in fact.

    it was around 5 cents less a week ago.

    it was MORE EXPENSIVE a month ago.

    And MUCH more expensive a year ago.

    lets look at diesel fuel...it keeps rising every few days- What Challenge

    Average diesel in NC was $4.081 one year ago.

    Today? $3.916.

    Here's a graph of the national 12 month average for regular gas-

    http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/images/NAT_grph.jpg

    Prices are LOWER than a year ago. Which is what the article says.

  • What Challenge Aug 30, 9:56 a.m.

    yes...this article talks about prices this time last year...which is non justifiable. gasoline was 20 cents cheaper a week or two ago...and lets look at diesel fuel...it keeps rising every few days...in some areas is already at 4 dollars a gallon. talking about prices a year ago compared to today is absurd. especially when saying fuel is cheaper but is constantly rising for weeks now. oh btw who cares about china, asia, the middle east and all foreign soils.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 9:22 a.m.

    Where are you seeing lower gas prices?-tayled

    COMPARED TO LABOR DAY LAST YEAR.

    Seriously- are people just commenting without reading past the headline?

    You make some really boring arguments, junkmail5. -Billy the Kid

    Odd how folks dislike the argument but can never present evidence it's incorrect.

    i'm thinking WRAL people dont buy gas. the prices have increased 20 cents a gallon lately.
    piloterror1

    Wow... yesterday it was 10 cents, now it's 20?

    No... in actual fact it's not.

    http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/?redirectto=http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/index.asp

    For NC-

    Current Avg. $3.503
    Week Ago Avg. $3.444

    That's 5.5 cents.

    This IS higher than yesterday, when it was just over 4 cents.

    But it's MILES from 20 cents.

    And again, it's still lower than a MONTH ago... and MUCH lower (about 30 cents a gallon) than LAST YEAR like the ARTICLE SAYS.

  • Jimmytwotimes Aug 30, 9:20 a.m.

    Ha Ha republicans, you continually humiliate yourselves with your statements. Keep beleiving what you want, must be an angry scary world you live in.

  • retiredn42 Aug 30, 8:59 a.m.

    Gas has jumped $.10 a gallon here in Wake Forest just in the last two days! Not seeing the lower prices claimed except in retrospect to last year. If we attack Syria, expect it to skyrocket.

  • Billy the Kid Aug 30, 8:54 a.m.

    You make some really boring arguments, junkmail5.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 8:33 a.m.

    Junkmail--The Times article said that the baby boomer retirees are NOT the reason for the precipitous decline.- foolmeonce

    They SAID that. Then failed to provide any numbers to support it.

    Versus the -actual- numbers I provided that show otherwise.

    You can check the BLS yourself. The decline is 3% total.

    You can check the US population yourself to see how many 3% is.

    You can check the # of boomers turning 65 daily.

    Feel free to point out any place my math is wrong.

    But quoting an article that simply disagrees with no evidence isn't very compelling.

    -including the democrats in the house and senate who passed the Obamacare legislation, which really isn't anyting but the Hilary plan from 1992- foolmeonce

    Now see, that's an outright lie.

    Obamacare is the REPUBLICAN plan from 1992.

    It's the ALTERNATIVE the REPUBLICANS suggested.

    But they hate it now that a democrat actually passed it into law.

    I can post articles from the 90s to show this if you need.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 8:30 a.m.

    BTW, the current U6 is 14%- Carpe

    Yup... Which is 3% LOWER than when Obama took office.

    let's look at the trends. Earlier this year, I paid a low of $3.03. It has gradually increased. -chd1127

    Yup...just like EVERY summer.

    It's like people being surprised it's hot in August.

    Maybe we do need an oil man in the White House, at least he managed to keep prices reasonable.
    chd1127

    ... what?

    Gas was just over $1 a gallon when Bush took office.

    By 2008 it was over $4 a gallon.

    How it that keeping prices reasonable?

    Many people I know have seen their healthcare premiums double in the past two to three years, - cjw

    then you know a lot of unusual people.

    Back in reality healthcare costs have SLOWED their growth about 30% in the last 2-3 years.

    Increases have been significantly SMALLER than they were for the decade prior to Obamacare passing.

    That's reality.

    I suppose junkmail is just kidding-Zonk

    Nope, posting facts anybody can verify.

    Why do people hate facts?

  • piloterror1 Aug 30, 8:27 a.m.

    i'm thinking WRAL people dont buy gas. the prices have increased 20 cents a gallon lately.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 8:25 a.m.

    If the economy is improving in NC, then the republicans should get the credit......
    cringercat1862

    You are confusing the national economy, which has been steadily improving... with the NC one... which hasn't.

    Improving economy? Then why did Cisco, IBM, NetApp plus many others lay off an "undisclosed" amount of employees- ssicctv

    As above

    Gas prices won't drop since they know we will pay it.- stagemanageralan

    And yet they're lower than this same weekend a year ago.

    and for crying out loud, gas is up- Ms Skepitcal

    Also see above.. it's LOWER than this weekend last year.

    That's the POINT of the story. Which you seem not to have read.

    Gas prices rose $0.15 this week-Hiiamwade

    Nope. 4 cents statewide. Only 3 cents nationally.

    And lower than both last month, and last year.

    Current administration = epic fail! Just visit any gas station- dvrdwin

    What direct impact do you imagine the president has on gas prices?

  • tayled Aug 30, 8:23 a.m.

    Where are you seeing lower gas prices? The station just below my office was $3.49 this time last week. This morning it is $3.58.

  • cringercat1862 Aug 29, 5:31 p.m.

    If the economy is improving in NC, then the republicans should get the credit......

  • ssicctv Aug 29, 5:18 p.m.

    Improving economy? Then why did Cisco, IBM, NetApp plus many others lay off an "undisclosed" amount of employees? And these aren't low-paid service jobs. For every 10 layoffs there is one part-time job created. Just scour the job employment sites and you'll see.

  • Obamacare for everyone Aug 29, 4:51 p.m.

    "Billions of people in China, India, and Africa want gas too."
    Co*** a doodle doo

    We'll just have to wait for those economies to go bust and then the ensuing famine and pandemic.

  • SMAPAEA Aug 29, 4:45 p.m.

    Gas prices won't drop since they know we will pay it. The oil companies will not sacrifice profit for lower prices, even if they still make a huge profit. At least we still have it better than other countries. It's closer to $9 a gallon in the UK.

  • foolmeonce Aug 29, 4:45 p.m.

    happyhour--maybe whatever is in your cooler is making you think things are better than they actually are (roll eyes).

  • pingmanreturns Aug 29, 4:41 p.m.

    I agree with many of you. My gas prices here are up about 15cent from where they were a week ago.

  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 29, 4:41 p.m.

    Boo hoo hoo to the whine babies, gas is over $3/gallon.

    Put on your big people pants because it's not going lower. Billions of people in China, India, and Africa want gas too.

  • lisaclark2 Aug 29, 4:35 p.m.

    Why not improve it for my everyday commute to work? Not saving much just for a weekend when traveling will hit me in the pocket. Lowering the prices as there will not be a lost for the oil companies for three days... High demands gives them room to save you 10cents or less... Maybe a dollar, but we will never see the savings.

  • Ms. Skeptical Aug 29, 4:31 p.m.

    There's no improving economy, and for crying out loud, gas is up. People drive as they wish, no matter what's going on here or around the world. This is just lame, seasonal, obligatory 'news'.

  • hi_i_am_wade Aug 29, 4:18 p.m.

    Wait wait wait ...

    Gas prices rose $0.15 this week, are still above $3.00/gallon, and yet you tell me that gas prices are LOWER! Dear AAA: Do you live on planet earth? Seriously, in what world does prices higher than 6 months ago mean lower prices? What bizzaro world are you living in? I guess up is down, left is right. I should saying hello when I leave and goodbye when I arrive. After all, AAA says higher = lower, why not?

  • dvrdwn Aug 29, 4:01 p.m.

    Current administration = epic fail! Just visit any gas station, look at your taxes, review your health benefits.... ALL have gone up!!

  • hppyhourhero Aug 29, 4:01 p.m.

    cjw6105: "Labor Day travel plans are not being fueled by an improving economy and lower gas prices. That is patently false"...They are for me they are not NC Coast here we come!!!!
    Got cooler full of beer ready to go.

  • dvrdwn Aug 29, 3:59 p.m.

    Improving economy, lower gas prices...... huh? Who are you trying to fool? Nice try liberal media!

  • hppyhourhero Aug 29, 3:58 p.m.

    foolmeonce:...Yeah..OK..(Roll Eyes)

  • buckskin022 Aug 29, 3:58 p.m.

    And where did the 5 day holiday come from??? Mine is only 3 days!

  • wiz Aug 29, 3:54 p.m.

    Prices in Wayne co. are on average of $3.39 per gal..Compared to $3.24 1 week ago...

  • foolmeonce Aug 29, 3:49 p.m.

    We would all have to be less than intelligent to believe much of anything that comes from the mainstream press. The media is in bed with this administration, and they have covered his behind for the last five years. Give me a break.

  • chd1127 Aug 29, 3:42 p.m.

    Oh, by the way, just 1 month ago I paid $2.78/gallon in South Boston, VA.

  • heard-it-all-before Aug 29, 3:41 p.m.

    getting us ready for next week's Syria prices

  • For the U.S.A. Aug 29, 3:18 p.m.

    Lower gas prices! How much and what are you drinking or smoking?

  • beachlvr0804 Aug 29, 3:18 p.m.

    Lower gas prices? What juice is this writer drinking? I just paid $4 a gallon not 30 minutes ago!

  • quadrathlete Aug 29, 3:18 p.m.

    WRAL throws in improving economy in headline with no mention of it in the story...stands to reason as the economy is not improving.

  • carpe Aug 29, 3:14 p.m.

    Junkmail5 I am a Fox viewer and have always seen Fox report the U3 figures and never claim Obama changed the reporting standard from U6 to U3 to make things look better.

    You are correct in that this country (as well as most) have used the U3 numbers for a long time as their official unemployment reporting.

    Now Fox has pointed out that the U3 numbers do not show the entire unemployment figures shown by the U6, but most educated people know Obama did not change the reporting mechanics.

    BTW, the current U6 is 14%, the difference is the U6 counts part time workers looking for full time work as unemployed, the U3 does not.

  • chd1127 Aug 29, 3:08 p.m.

    Yes, prices are lower than Labor Day last year, but let's look at the trends. Earlier this year, I paid a low of $3.03. It has gradually increased. Early this summer, it slowly dropped again to $3.23. Over the last 2 weeks, it has jumped again to $3.53 locally. A far cry from the $1.78 when Obama took office. Maybe we do need an oil man in the White House, at least he managed to keep prices reasonable.

  • cjw6105 Aug 29, 3:03 p.m.

    The insinuation is that the beatings are with less intensity and frequency. This is the typical media story- paint it roses.

    Yes, gas jumped 10 to 14 cents a gallon overnight earlier this week, yet they say lower gas prices? Maybe lower than last year at this time, but does that really make it a good thing?

    Where is the proof that the economy is improving? Many people I know have seen their healthcare premiums double in the past two to three years, plus many I know can't find work unless it's part-time. Two people in my immediate family have been laid off years ago and have essentially given up looking for work.

    Contrary to what this author, WRAL, or junkmail5 say, Labor Day travel plans are not being fueled by an improving economy and lower gas prices. That is patently false.

  • nailman5204 Aug 29, 2:48 p.m.

    Gas just went from $3.33 to $3.54 in 12 hours. Maybe WRAL would like to re-write this article ??

  • zonk Aug 29, 2:29 p.m.

    I suppose junkmail is just kidding on these forums because there is no way anyone would be so out of touch.

  • ronda1991 Aug 29, 2:29 p.m.

    "Whatchu talking 'bout Willis?"
    Media still trying to convince us the economy is better. I think most people (except Junkmail) know better.

  • Silver bullet1 Aug 29, 2:28 p.m.

    Going down? Not in Wilson, Rocky Mount, Nashville. The prices here have gone up an average of .15 to .20 cents per gallon.

  • carpe Aug 29, 2:23 p.m.

    Oil has already started going up due to Syria. Gas will soon follow, probably on Mon. or Tues. (saturn5)

    Already started. I drove by two gas stations around 1030 this morning, both were $53.55. When I came back around 1:30, both had gone up to $3.63.

    I did not think they could raise prices until after they filled tanks, which I will admit, I don't know if they did or not.

    Three day week end, they won't wait if they don't have to. I filled up in Hillsville, VA on Wed Tuesday for $3.12 a gallon. When ever I leave NC, I plan just enough gas to get to the state line (VA, TN, SC) and then fill up.

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