Charles Krauthammer and Thomas Friedman do not exactly share political views, yet both agree raising the gas tax would be beneficial both to the country and individuals in the long run.

A recent Readers' Forum letter giving practical reasons as to how folks across the pond cope with high gas prices was very instructive.

Regardless of those playing the market — supply and demand, gas-guzzling cars and our "friends" holding back on drilling/production of crude, together with those so obsessed with the environment — we as daily drivers must look to ourselves and be more efficient in our usage of this precious commodity.

Our political leaders of both parties need to assert some statesmanship, step up to to plate, bite the bullet and tell America, we need to hike the cost of gas until we find the price point, a good start to hopefully changing our car-buying and driving habits.

Geoffrey Baker