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If you haven’t already been trying find ways to reduce your use of gasoline, now is the time to start.

According to a fuel price analyst at AAA, gas will cost at least $4 a gallon nationwide after Memorial Day. Oil-producing countries do not plan to increase production until sometime after Sept. 9, and it may not happen then either.

Many Americans are struggling to stay financially afloat and rising gasoline prices are contributing to their problems. Since the government has been unable to halt soaring costs, Americans must take control by reducing their use of gasoline. Car-pooling, public transportation, bicycling and walking must become more popular modes of travel.

Oil prices continue to break previous highs almost daily, so don’t expect any help from those nations and companies enjoying record profits. Americans must fight this battle by cutting their demand for gasoline.

Military madness

The Myanmar military junta apparently would watch its citizens suffer and die rather than accept help from people whose governments have been critical of their leadership.

Nearly 80,000 people were reported to have been killed in the cyclone that hit three weeks ago. Another 56,000 are missing. The death toll may well exceed 100,000.

As many as 2.5 million survivors are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medical care. Without an influx of aid, many of the survivors will succumb to disease and starvation.

If Myanmar officials want their citizens to survive, they must look beyond politics and accept assistance from all nations.