Isn't cheap gas a good thing?
August 15, 2011 | 11:06 am CDT
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In my final Wood & Wood Products column of 2008, I suggested that the sudden collapse of oil prices came as a windfall that should benefit consumers and most businesses.

“I can’t help but wonder why more fanfare is not being paid to the virtues of falling gas pump prices,” I wrote. “I’m stunned to realize that only two months ago I paid more than $4.30 a gallon and this week I filled my car for under $1.70 per gallon. If that price differential held steady over the course of an entire year, I would easily have another $1,500 in my wallet and my wife would probably save half of that or more.

“Considering that the gone-but-not-forgotten record high oil prices were blamed for tacking on costs to all forms of transportation services and goods, I would think that we should expect some significant savings to occur in everything from airfares to grocery prices.”

Do you share my view that drastically reduced gas prices represent a silver lining of a very stormy economy? Why or why not?

If not gas prices, what do you view as a silver lining that might lead to improved business conditions and a healthier economy?

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