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Our say: Recent relief at the pump is welcome

Our say: Recent relief at the pump is welcome

The pollsters are telling us Americans are finally a little more optimistic about the economy. Gallup's latest surveys found a record 81 percent of respondents satisfied with their standard of living and 61 percent saying that standard of living is "getting better" (the latter measure was only 33 percent in late 2008, at the nadir of the financial collapse). There are all sorts of theories about this, but ours is simple. Most Americans — those who are not parsing the latest coded utterances from the Federal Reserve or reading 5,000-word think pieces by economists — can drive down the road and notice that gas prices are down. Way down. The state average had...

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