New fuel standards and you

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By Ralph Damiani

While state officials are applauding the Obama administration’s plan for curbing vehicle emissions and requiring manufacturers to make vehicles that are more fuel efficient, we hope you all know that we have lost some more freedoms.

It seems that the government can take away one freedom after another and we hardly notice.

The freedom you lost this time was the one to make a personal choice.

Without a doubt vehicles that are more fuel-efficent are a good thing. But to simply have the government “decree” that we all have to live there is simply wrong.

If you want to get more fuel-efficient vehicles, then let the market dictate that by letting fuel prices go to $5 a gallon. Thereby, if you want to save money and help the environment, you can make that choice.

But if for some reason you like big vehicles and want one - despite how much you pay for it or fuel - that should be your choice.

But not under President Obama. He - and big brother - know what is best for all of us and it is smaller cars, no matter what you like or are willing to pay for.

The federal proposal calls for the auto industry to build vehicles that average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

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