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High gas prices pump some people's patience

May 16, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Those filling their gas tanks Tuesday morning in Hagerstown were afraid that prices are only going to go higher.

Gary Stickler stays home more these days because of the price, he said as he filled a company truck and three gas cans at $2.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline.

"At $3 a gallon, you can't do much," said Todd Swope, who tries to limit his driving to going to work and back home.

Stickler spends about $80 filling up the truck and gas cans, which he does twice a week for his business, which is mowing lawns and maintenance work, he said.

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Prices are probably high because of gouging, Swope said.

"There's no way gas prices should be this high," he said.

Swope isn't sure how people can take action against increasing gas prices, which he thinks will reach $4 a gallon by October.

"You can't boycott. People still need to work," he said.

Courtney Munsterman of Martinsburg, W.Va., blames problems with foreign nations for the increasing gas prices.

"We don't control our own oil," she said.

The only way to control gas prices is to find a way to control the oil supply, Munsterman said.

Heather Kelley of Hagerstown hasn't thought much about why gas prices are rising, and she hasn't changed her driving habits because of the increasing prices, she said. But she doesn't see prices dropping anytime soon.

"I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," she said.

Stickler said he doesn't understand why gas prices increased.

"I always thought most of it (gasoline) came from Canada," he said.

Stickler doesn't think the price of gas is going to drop.

"We might as well pay it and get it over with," he said.

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