A heating oil delivery truck travels down a road in South Portland, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. With winter on its way, heating oil keeps growing more costly as several top oil-producing countries remain in political or economic turmoil. The Governor's Energy Office says the average statewide cash price is now $2.96, 78 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

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After learning that I’ll be paying almost a thousand additional dollars to heat my home this winter (if I burn the same number of pre-buy gallons this winter that I burned last winter), I left messages for Maine’s entire congressional delegation suggesting that they submit legislation that provides extra funding for all of Maine’s oil-burning residents, not just those eligible for LIHEAP.

Otherwise, we may start to hear a “giant sucking sound” (thank you, Ross Perot) from people leaving not only Maine’s small towns, but the whole state. The Capitol operator’s number is (202) 224-3121 if people want to leave messages for Rep. Jared Golden, Sen. Susan Collins, and Sen. Angus King. Call Rep. Chellie Pingree too, even if she doesn’t represent our district; she needs to hear this too. And if people don’t want to call for themselves, call for our elderly, fixed-income neighbors.

Melodie Greene