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By Jerry Heaster, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jun. 20--A recent column on a looming natural gas price spike triggered reader reactions that show how differently consumers remember economic events affecting their own lives.
One reader observed cynically that surging prices were to be expected. Energy deregulation, she claimed, had encouraged the sort of predatory business behavior that ensured such a result.
Another reader had a different take. He lamented his rising level pay plan, which had nearly doubled to $112 a month. But, he said, this "beats having extraordinarily high gas bills (this) winter." He …