Have gas prices changed your life?

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Thoughts on issues relating to Harford County

September 11, 2005

ISSUE: The surging price of gas has begun to cause many people to make adjustments in how they go about their daily lives, from cutting back on driving, to altering -- or canceling -- travel plans, to avoiding activities that require gas (boating, motorcycling).

What changes have you made to your routine in response to the rising price of gas?

Who profits from higher gas prices?

It's short-sighted to treat our rising gas prices as a simple problem in micro-economics, assessing how higher prices might affect consumer driving habits. The core issues are much larger and far different.

As a major American city languishes in ruin with street scenes and refugee camps that look anything but American, I can't help but think that we're being price-gouged at the pumps, that someone's profiteering from others' misfortune.

And so The Sun has missed the point.

In the midst of national tragedy, who cares if I canceled a weekend car trip to my brother's Labor Day cookout? The real question is why did gas prices rise and fall by 25 percent in the span of four or five days?

The extra money, which could have gone toward hurricane relief efforts, came out of American consumers' pockets.

In whose pockets is it now?

Mohamed Mughal Joppa

Consolidating trips, driving slower

My husband and I consolidate our trips to include several errands. If we have an errand in Bel Air, we do our grocery shopping and pay any bills at the same time.

We also drive slower, driving 60 mph instead of 65 mph. You would be surprised how much gas you save.

Ginnie Barbagallo Abingdon

We want your opinions

ISSUE: A Harford County police task force raided five apartments in an Edgewood complex Tuesday, arresting two people alleged to be drug-dealing members of a local gang and seizing about $1,000 worth of crack cocaine.

Search warrants for the raids were the result of a 10-month undercover operation by a task force of local police agencies that are trying to dismantle the gang, authorities said.

The task force includes the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the police departments of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace, the county state's attorney and state police.

YOUR VIEW: Should more police resources be shifted into combating gang activity in the southern part of the county? Tell us what you think. Send e-mail responses by Thursday to harford.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published next Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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