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Editorial: Lower gas price is small relief

Soaring high ... but not too high: Gasoline prices are holding steady locally at just more than $3 a gallon. Red Wing saw $2.90 a week ago.

The relief came as temperatures plummeted and Christmas shopping peaked. People found they had a few extra dollars in their pockets.

The U.S. average price of gasoline fell 20 cents per gallon over the last 30 days. Today, that average hovers around $3.22 per gallon.

Hooray, right?

Well, even with the dip, this year will end with a dubious distinction: U.S. consumers paid the highest average price ever, according to From January through December, motorists paid an average of $3.63 per gallon.

Keep conserving, America. Slow down. Consolidate trips. Walk and bike when you can.

Do your part so we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And maybe prices will keep dropping as the demand goes down.

Rough landing: Shame on those insensitive and, frankly, stupid people who have been calling in or communicating in other ways threats of violence to area schools. Apparently taking their sick cue from the genuine tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the perpetrators have made threatening calls to or suggested security problems at schools from Red Wing to Willmar,?Minn., and beyond.

It was difficult enough for students and teachers to deal with the shootings in Connecticut, let alone feel threatened in their own school buildings. The people doing this stuff should be ferreted out and punished.