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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

Production of Gasoline

March 15, 2004

Re "Gasoline Prices: a Case of Cheating, Not Competing," Commentary, March 11: It is not for nothing that California is called La-La Land. Jamie Court and Tim Hamilton ignore the fact that product availability requires production. And production requires that individuals of ability make long-range investment decisions.

Why would anyone decide to invest when the reward is excoriation? Profit is not a scarlet brand requiring apology or permission. Really concerned about gasoline availability and prices? Begin by repealing the restrictive legislation that has prevented any new California refineries for decades.

Harry Mullin

Laguna Niguel

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