Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hinchey Gas Cap Misguided

The Middleton Times Herald Record printed my June 8, 2008 letter in their Sunday edition and online here

Hinchey gas 'cap' misguided

Rep. Hinchey's recent call for a price control or "cap" on gasoline prices is misguided.

Those who remember the 1970s gasoline lines know that rationing causes shortages. With a "cap," those who need gasoline the most would be unable to get it, while the politically connected would have ample supplies. The "cap" would harm the environment because those who have political access to the gasoline would squander it because of low prices.

New York state's gerrymandering seems to have affected Hinchey's sanity.

Mitchell Langbert

West Shokan

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