A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 2, 1979

For a few of the TIME correspondents who contributed to this week's cover story on the energy mess, the assignment was about as exasperating as sitting in a gas line. Washington Energy Correspondent Richard Hornik, who interviewed federal officials trying to manage the crisis, found that hard facts were in shorter supply than unleaded regular. Said Hornik: "This is a story of hunches and viscera. The numbers change daily. This week's clarification becomes next week's obfuscation. The only constant seems to be panic psychology."

Another element of the story, the strike of independent truckers,...

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