Local Retailers Not Responsible For High Gasoline Prices


In regard to Joan Young calling for a "gas out," local gas retailers aren't responsible for the high gas prices.

I doubt anyone wants lower gas prices more than they do. They are the employers of your husbands, wives, sons and daughters.

They pay (big) taxes that go to your schools, streets and many other things. They donate to many charities and service clubs. Their chamber of commerce dues go to the betterment of your community.

They are your friends and neighbors and they are on your side. Don't do this to them when they need your support, as do all your Main Street businesses.

If they were to make 18 to 20 cents a gallon, as Harold Snyder states, someone would have had to give them their tanks, piping, pumps, card readers, dispensers and electricity.

All gas retail outlets in the United States underwent a federally mandated upgrade of their tanks and piping, which had to be completed by December 1998 or they had to stop selling gas or go out of business.

In most cases these upgrades cost in excess of $100,000. Are these things you looked into when you casually said "Don't buy gas on April 7, 8 and 9?" What will you accomplish and who will you hurt?

Daniel K. Maloney

Hallock, Minn.

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