WATCHING WASHINGTON PROBING THE PRICE RUNUP

with Patrick Crow It's difficult for lawmakers to ascertain the truth from conflicting testimony by witnesses at a congressional hearing. It's even harder when lawmakers not only want truth from the hearing but also publicity. That seemed a major impediment at two recent hearings on last month's runup in heating oil and propane prices. No doubt some of the congressmen at a House of Representatives hearing were truly angry about the price increases (OGJ, Jan. 15, p. 23). No doubt

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