Gasoline pump.

Gasoline pump. Credit: AP

We keep hearing that gas prices are rising because of the unrest in the Middle East, and that "might" cause a shortage ["Enraged over gas prices," Letters, March 6]. I find that to be very misleading.

We get roughly 23 percent of our crude oil from the Middle East. So that should not be causing the gasoline prices to rise as quickly or as high as they are. On the other hand, the gasoline companies are reaping humongous profits. They are just pocketing them at the expense of the American public. That, in my book, is out-of-control price gouging.

Abby R. Hersh, Massapequa