Travelers out of gas?

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Violet Quick would probably have gone to Ocean City for the Memorial Day weekend, but with the price of regular gasoline closing in on $4 a gallon, she decided to stay home and have a cookout.

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#1
May 29, 2008
 
Gas prices are not effecting only gasoline fillups. When gas and diesel prices go up. Then delivery companies are also paying more for fuel. Then they have to raise their surcharges to accomodate fuel prices. Then retailers are paying more for their deliveries. So they raise their prices. But our wages do not go up to accomodate everything else going up. And as the result many are spending less which means many retailers and even factories are starting to lay off employees. So even the unemployment rate is going up. And already violence is breaking out over rising fuel prices. As the stress goes up. Even aggressive driving has increased as the result. Its getting more difficult to walk through a parking lot or cross a street without nearly getting hit by a car. More public Transportation needs to be established in the US. I just hope its $4 a gallon in the summer and $3 a gallon in the winter. But we will have to see what happens after the summer season is over.
Tired of the Greed

Dundalk, MD

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#2
May 29, 2008
 
The price of gas will continue to rise as long as we live in a society where the CEOs and owners of oil companies can capitalize at the expense of the working class (and everyone else for that matter). The oil companies are experiencing record profits and feel absolutely no remorse for the fact that they are the driving force behind our country's recession and the economic struggles of the American people.

People are seeing higher prices for everything everywhere. Without raises in their salaries to combat these rising costs, I feel that eventually many people will not be able to keep their jobs because it will cost them more money to drive to work than they will be making to sustain themselves (not to mention their families).

Until the government can put some sort of cap (at least maybe a temporary one) on the price that the oil companies can charge for gas, there will be no relief. Greed and heartlessness will continue to reign. We can complain until we are all blue in the face, but the oil companies will not care until their executives are feeling the same pinch we are. People won't boycott because we are such an oil dependent society. The oil companies have the American people between a rock and a hard place and they'll just keep pushing the two closer together until there will be nothing left to squeeze out of us (or our wallets).
Ron

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May 29, 2008
 
Everybody looks for the government to do something. Do you think the government cares about the people in this country? I don't think so. They're only concerned about getting elected for the next term and getting their posh benefits/perks in their comfort circle. The government is allowing the manipulation of commodities through derivatives through Wall Street.
Anger rising

Baltimore, MD

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May 29, 2008
 
I feel that human beings are bound to be extinct over all prices rising but our salary. Its not just prices rising. As prices rise so does anger. And you know what anger causes. Wreckless driving, as well as crime. And both are going up. I wish people would learn to understand. We are going through a recession. And this will be over. Its not the first time this happened and will not be the last time either. Its happened before. But everyone needs to learn to understand that driving more aggressively and trying to purposely cause an accident will not resolve this. Its not soo much that Baltimore motorists are doing it. Its more of the lines of people who live in York County PA. Who drive way worse then people in Baltimore.

Ive nearly gotten hit by a car 4 times this week and I was not at fault. And almost every day I have to slam my brakes 5 times to avoid crashing into someone who purposely ran a stop sign. And most of it happens in York County PA. And Pennsylvania isnt doing anything to crack down on aggressive driving. Maryland keeps getting stricter about it especially over Pennsylvania motorists.
Anger rising

Baltimore, MD

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May 29, 2008
 
I wish cars were programmed to be driven by computers 40 years before oil companies started raising prices non stop. Which I hope a law is passed that newer motor vehicles built are to be driven by computers. A computer would do a WAY better job driving a car then a human being.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

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May 29, 2008
 
Anger rising wrote:
I wish cars were programmed to be driven by computers 40 years before oil companies started raising prices non stop. Which I hope a law is passed that newer motor vehicles built are to be driven by computers. A computer would do a WAY better job driving a car then a human being.
We already have too many silly laws.
Anger rising

Gettysburg, PA

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May 29, 2008
 
If cars were driven by computers they wouldnt be as dangerous as cars. Many motorists do not drive careful enough. In MD they dont always pay close enough attention when driving. Either they cut people off. Run a red light. Not pay attention to the speedometer and speed. As well as not always let people over. York County PA they purposely terrorize other motorists. They purposely speed because they are always impatient. Even at twice the speed limit at times. They tailgate people who are going the speed limit and even 5 miles over non stop. As well as pass someone on a solid yellow line whos either going under the speed limit. Or the person who passed someone on a solid yellow line wanted to go 20-30 miles over the speed limit. As well as those who slam their brakes on the freeway for no reason. Constantly. Which Ive had to do at least once a week over other motorists. And the PA motorists do these same behaviors in Maryland.
Anger rising

Gettysburg, PA

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May 29, 2008
 
The government is not at fault for the rising fuel prices. They are being too lazy to do something about it. Which all they did to help is offer everyone a $600 rebate so they can spend the money to help fix the economy. Since the local, state, and Federal government isnt making as much tax money as many are cutting spending. Which has resulted in employees getting layed off of their jobs.
Dr Beach

Pasadena, MD

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#9
May 30, 2008
 
expect to pay $15 -$20 more on average for a roundtrip to and from Ocean City. How to cope? Eat out one less night. Drink a few less beers. Use the coupons in the Sunny Day guides. Look for specials at ococean.com .
And ask the many dedicated OC specialists at www.insideoceancity.com their secrets for saving money in Ocean City.
OceanChick

Washington, DC

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#10
Jun 3, 2008
 
Gas prices have never effected our travel plans as we are smart and stay close to home. We're headed, again, to Ocean City, Hon!
Find out about the great deals many places are offering and get the "inside" scoop at www.insideoceancity.com

OceanChick~an OC Insider
Chrissy B

Columbia, MD

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Jun 19, 2008
 
In a way we are thinking twice, however, our family owns a place in OC. So we are not paying for a hotel, and instead of eating out as often, we are cutting back there to suppliment for the high gas prices.

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