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Letter: Boycott to lower prices

Everyone complains about the rising cost of fuel, and we all know that in spite of all the excuses handed us, it really comes down to greed.

Whether it be OPEC, the oil companies, Wall Street traders or speculation over what may happen in the future in some foreign country, it really comes down to raising the price as much as people will stand.



Gov. Martin O'Malley recently spoke of America producing more oil than ever before. He did not mention how much of this product is exported out of the country.

When Coke changed its formula to the new Coke people reacted to such an extent that the company went back to the original formula, calling it "Classic" Coke. Recently Netflix decided to make a change in its policy which so outraged its customers that the decision was reversed. Just two examples of how much power people do have if they put forth a common effort.

If people can become so riled up over a soft drink or a DVD rental company decision why don't we come together to make our voices heard over the greed at the pump? With all the communication options we have at our disposal this would not be a difficult task.

One idea circulating over the internet would be a collective boycott of just one gas company (the largest), for possibly a month. This would not be much of an inconvenience when there are other choices when gas is needed. It would not take long before this company would be forced to lower its price in order to move its product. The other competitors would be forced to follow suit. Our voices would be heard.

We have the power. We can not rely on our politicians, many of whom receive millions of dollars in campaign contributions. We're on our own, but together we can make a difference.

Make April the "stop the greed at the pump" month. Pass this idea on using all means of communication.

Dennis Gore,Jr.

Westminster

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