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Gas gouged

July 21, 2006

Re "Pinched at the Pump," July 16

The gouging that Americans are experiencing at the gas pump is simply scandalous. No American should ever have to sell a family heirloom simply to be able to get to work. To alleviate the pain, the state or federal government should create a program to pay lower-income drivers to retire old vehicles and provide them with low-cost leases of more fuel-efficient vehicles. The burden of a century of policies that make us slaves to the sheiks of Saudi Arabia should not fall on those who can least afford it.

CHARLIE CARNOW

Northridge

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