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Tucker: Gas prices, grits and small-town life
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• If you’re old enough, try to recall this scene: It’s 1965, you’re a teenager, and all is well with the world other than a small conflict in a faraway land called Viet Nam, a skirmish that our politicians tell us will be over before we know it. You pull into the service station, where the attendant rushes out to wash your windshield, check your tire pressure and perhaps even vacuum your floor mats. “A dollar’s worth,” you say with a smile, and indeed, that will provide plenty of riding-around time at the current fuel price of 31 cents a gallon.