Some people like shooting jpeg, some like RAW. I like RAW because of the added versatility afterwards while the current tools do not actually make it a giant waste of time. Aperture, even though it has terrible RAW development, for example make sit really quick to work with RAW. Likewise the new Adobe Lightroom (looking forward to running the release version) does a similar thing. Here is an example of a RAW file that I originally developed a while ago:
Here is the original development:
The difference is just white balance! and the new development with the bright yellows on the clouds is much closer to what I saw.