Here’s how you can stick it to Big Oil

A powerful person can do something about high gas prices

To the editor;

Re: Patrick Lamb’s letter of Aug. 6 (‘Can any political party end the rip-off?’).

The answer is sadly and simply no, but a powerful person can do something about high gas prices.  Boycott gas. Just stop buying it.

There are alternatives.

First, ask yourself if you can make do with what you already have on hand.

Second, phone ahead. You may not even make the trip.

Next, look for transportation that doesn’t involve getting into your vehicle. Can you walk there?  Can you cycle there? Can you take transit there? Can you travel with someone already going the same direction?

If you have exhausted all options, then you have to bite the bullet and drive. If you manage to avoid using your car half the time,  you have stuck it to greedy Big Oil.

Who am I to talk?

I am a husband and father of an eight year-old and I run a small urban farming business.

I get around almost entirely with a bicycle and eight-foot cargo trailer. My wife and I have not owned a motor vehicle for 14 years. In the last few years, I have resorted to renting a car at Christmas to ferry the family to grandparents on the Shuswap.

I recently came across this saying recently: “I kept waiting for somebody to do something until I realized I am somebody.”

Lenard Segnitz

Kamloops, B.C.