By Sara Laub
I am sure I am not the only one noticing and being effected by the fuel prices. As the fuel increases, it is creating a domino effect, increasing food and other product prices as well. To think, fuel was only $1.00/gal seven years ago. Some people guess it will top out around $5.00/gal. It would seem more equitable if our wages went up with the inflation of fuel, but there have been no hints of that happening yet.
So we come to the question of how will we survive? What do we sacrifice to pay for the increase in fuel? Many people were sacrificing before fuel went up and others see it only as a nuisance. Our society is dependant on getting around town to meet our needs, so restaurants, movie theaters, and other sources of entertainment may take a cut in our budget as one method to cope. In honesty, where there is a will, there is a way to carry on paying for fuel.
Is there a way to decrease fuel prices? There are options, like using our country’s oil wells and drilling more, and petitioning our voice. There have been claims that our country is saving their natural resources for times of crisis, and now could be that time. Whatever happens, something has to give to make our economy function where it needs to be, or we will all learn to cope with our individual pocketbooks.
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