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What Do You Think?

June 12, 2005

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of reader comments will appear in The Herald-Mail.




Last week's poll question was: How high will the price of gas have to be before you change your current driving habits?

"This will be short and to the point. My grandkids can no longer enjoy a real vacation. Their fun away from home is now not as it was."




"My sister wanted to buy a minivan. After realizing the amount of gas it uses, she resold it within four months and bought a used Toyota Camry. My brother-in-law was willing to sell a two-year-old Cadillac to a family member. After I realized that he bought a (car) to save on gas, I decided that I didn't want the car. I am better off with my '97 Nissan Altima."

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"The job I have (and have had for over 15 years) requires me to drive to Baltimore (for now ... sometimes Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, etc.) daily every other week. I work remote every other week. During those weeks I go to Baltimore, I would gladly use mass transit, except there is none servicing Baltimore. So, instead, I use the most fuel-efficient vehicle in our family fleet. It gets 30 miles per gallon.




"Now, I suppose I could find someone to carpool with ... maybe I could start a local Web site helping people find carpools whose jobs are close to each other ..."




"How many of you are really worried about the price of gas? I drive a 2004 Hummer H2 and it gets about 10 miles per gallon. If anyone here is to complain, it should be me. I drive my SUV every day from Hagerstown to Baltimore and I go through about a tank a day. But you know what? I don't care, because I am making money so I can afford gas. If you think $2.10 per gallon is bad, then you might as well just sell your vehicle and walk or ride a bike. Even if gas goes to $3.50 a gallon I will still buy gas because I need it to make money ... yes, I put 93 octane in it, too!"

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