Misery all around with gas prices

April 14, 2008
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Rising gas prices keeps making news.

Independent truckers complain that expensive diesel fuel could force them out of business.

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says gas prices and economic uncertainty are hurting sales. RV sales were off nearly 10 percent last year, and are projected to fall again this year â?? critical for the Elkhart area because thousands of people in that region manufacture more than half the nationâ??s RVs.

Democratic candidate for governor Jill Long Thompson wants to cap gas sales taxes when the price tops $2.75 a gallon, a proposal that primary election opponent Jim Schellinger says misses the larger issue of addressing rising fuel costs.

With misery all around, should government do something to keep prices low? Economists say rising prices force conservation and exploration of other forms of energy.
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  • Cutting the gas tax will only result in a shortage of highway construction funds. Then everyone will complain that there is not enough money to rebuild roads and bridges.

    If you want cheap gas again, enforce labor laws on China and India so their economy built on cheap manufacturing will officially join the 21st century and realize the costs associated with it that the rest of the developed world has to deal with. That would effectively stifle their economies and their growth rates would return to normal levels, thereby using less resources.

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  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

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