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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:00 am

Raise your hand if you forwent your weekly dinner out last weekend so you’d have enough money to fill your gas tank. See my hand way up in the air? Bet yours is, too. We’re no longer surprised when some nut job knocks over a gas station for the $100 and change in the cash register till. Pretty soon, though, average Joes will be knocking over gas pumps – literally – for the liquid gold inside (remember all the ATMs that truck-driving thieves yanked off their stands some years ago?).

So how are you adjusting to the high, and ever-rising, costs of gas and other necessities? In a poll conducted on our website,, last week, 47 percent of participants said they were eating in more, while only 14 percent said they were driving less. That was when gas was 35 cents a gallon cheaper than this week. (FYI – In the same poll, 23 percent of participants said they were spending less on entertainment and 16 percent noted they have not adjusted their lifestyles.)

This week’s poll question also deals with gasoline. Should the United States tap into its petroleum reserves to try and reduce the price per gallon of gas? Let us know by visiting and taking this week’s poll.

I want to send a big thank you to three students in the Amphi High School video and Web department for providing us with a photo of the school’s state championship basketball team. The Explorer was unable to attend the title game, so student videographers David Harnick, Jesus Vargas and Brandon Walker pulled the still image off their videotape for us. Thank you, guys, and your instructor, J.T. Parham, for making that happen.

And I can’t leave without expressing my admiration for the residents of Oro Valley, who supported last weekend’s many events. The Healthiest Town in America health expo? You showed up in big numbers and brought your dogs of all sizes. The first ever Oro Valley Volunteer Day? You were there, too, connecting with volunteer organizations. I had a wonderful time meeting so many of our readers and talking about the issues that are important to Oro Valley.

Ah yes, on a final note, some readers noticed we decreased the maximum number of words for letters to the editor from 350 to 200 words. The adjustment was made to make sure we had enough space to print everyone’s letters. Some writers felt it was too drastic a move, so I’m willing to compromise and increase the word count to 250. I look forward to hearing from you at

— Wendy Miller

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