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WHERE IS THE OUTCRY OVER HIGH GAS BILLS?

Groundhog's Day and Valentine's Day have passed - surely a sign that spring is coming. Along with these harbingers of good news, can I also expect a lower gas bill? My last one was nearly double its normal amount.

As was reported in the Jan. 29 National Fuel Gas proxy statement, Chief Executive Officer Bernard Kennedy, President Philip Ackerman and Subsidiary Utility President David Smith are seeing to it that I will still have a large bill to pay for the coming months. Their salaries, respectively, are $5,234,111, $3,036,363 and $789,641. These "salaries" include the base pay awards, stock options, bonuses and "misc." amounts, all too vague to explain to us "mere" mortals, who struggle daily with our bills, mortgages, etc.

I work hard as a teacher in the city. It's a tough and rewarding career, and I put in extra time, as do my colleagues. My salary, raises, strike fines, etc., were splashed across the news in great detail last September and October.

Where is the anger and outcry over this heinous waste of our hard-earned dollars? Why aren't these facts reported on the front page of The News?

MARCIA PANZARELLA

Buffalo

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