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With gas prices at more than $3 per gallon and rising drivers of SUVs and other guzzlers are doling out as much as a hundred bucks to tank up. It's become a full-throttle money gusher for oil companies reaping undreamed-of profits, and yet customers are accepting it with hardly a shrug. Many even defend it.
click to enlarge Ron Sommers -  - Palmer Park area -  - Realtor -  - How are gas prices impacting you? I don't drive - all that much. I live close to work and mostly ride my - BMW motorcycle in summer. -  - Are we being gouged? A big deal is being - made about $10 billion profits last quarter, but when - you look at how much the oil companies make per - gallon, it's not all that much. Taxes gouge us more than - oil companies. -  - Why aren't people more upset? There's a glut - of cash out there.[Chairman Ben] Bernanke and the - Federal Reserve are dumping money on the economy. -  - What's your favorite summer day trip? Circle - up through Cripple Creek, Caon City and back.
  • Ron Sommers

    Palmer Park area

    Realtor

    How are gas prices impacting you? I don't drive all that much. I live close to work and mostly ride my BMW motorcycle in summer.

    Are we being gouged? A big deal is being made about $10 billion profits last quarter, but when you look at how much the oil companies make per gallon, it's not all that much. Taxes gouge us more than oil companies.

    Why aren't people more upset? There's a glut of cash out there.[Chairman Ben] Bernanke and the Federal Reserve are dumping money on the economy.

    What's your favorite summer day trip? Circle up through Cripple Creek, Caon City and back.

click to enlarge Victor Snodgrass -  - Stetson Hills -  - Teacher -  - Are gas prices changing your driving habits? - We try to be more efficient and accomplish several - tasks each time out, rather than make multiple trips. -  - Is the gouge on? They're making obscene - profits. Prices go up at times of highest demand, like in - summer, and it's not connected to supply. -  - Why aren't people sounding off? There's the - feeling that we can't do anything about it. It's like the - weather: You take what you get because there's no way - to change it. -  - Where do you day trip in summer? - Today, we're going to the Renaissance Festival in - Larkspur. Next week, we're going to the Highland Games - in Highlands Ranch.
  • Victor Snodgrass

    Stetson Hills

    Teacher

    Are gas prices changing your driving habits? We try to be more efficient and accomplish several tasks each time out, rather than make multiple trips.

    Is the gouge on? They're making obscene profits. Prices go up at times of highest demand, like in summer, and it's not connected to supply.

    Why aren't people sounding off? There's the feeling that we can't do anything about it. It's like the weather: You take what you get because there's no way to change it.

    Where do you day trip in summer? Today, we're going to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. Next week, we're going to the Highland Games in Highlands Ranch.

click to enlarge Joan Schulz -  - North End -  - Manager for defense contractor -  - Are gas prices changing your driving habits? - Not the least. -  - Are we being gouged? We just got back from - Scotland, and our gas prices are infinitesimal in - comparison. In fact, I question if the oil companies are - making astronomical profits. Can you offer any proof of - that? They take a lot of risks, after all. -  - Name a place in Colorado you've never been but - want to check out. We've been to every place we - want to go.
  • Joan Schulz

    North End

    Manager for defense contractor

    Are gas prices changing your driving habits? Not the least.

    Are we being gouged? We just got back from Scotland, and our gas prices are infinitesimal in comparison. In fact, I question if the oil companies are making astronomical profits. Can you offer any proof of that? They take a lot of risks, after all.

    Name a place in Colorado you've never been but want to check out. We've been to every place we want to go.

click to enlarge Sharon Rogenmoser -  - Patty Jewett area -  - Former business analyst -  - Have gas prices altered your driving? I'm trying - to group my errands. -  - Are oil companies gouging us? Yes, in that - they're making astronomical profits. But no, in that - Americans are spoiled. Most countries pay a lot more - than we do. But I'd like to see oil companies required to - channel more profits into alternative energy research. -  - Why aren't people raising hell? Low-income - people are, but the middle class and rich aren't. You'd - think they would. They apparently think it wouldn't make - any difference. -  - Where do you day trip in summer? Mount - Princeton, for hiking. -  - Where in Colorado do you want to go for the first - time? Crestone. It's supposed to be a very - metaphysical place.
  • Sharon Rogenmoser

    Patty Jewett area

    Former business analyst

    Have gas prices altered your driving? I'm trying to group my errands.

    Are oil companies gouging us? Yes, in that they're making astronomical profits. But no, in that Americans are spoiled. Most countries pay a lot more than we do. But I'd like to see oil companies required to channel more profits into alternative energy research.

    Why aren't people raising hell? Low-income people are, but the middle class and rich aren't. You'd think they would. They apparently think it wouldn't make any difference.

    Where do you day trip in summer? Mount Princeton, for hiking.

    Where in Colorado do you want to go for the first time? Crestone. It's supposed to be a very metaphysical place.

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