Saturday, March 26, 2011
Gas 54 cents less 100 miles south! Who is Gouging who! Investigative Reporters to action!
I have been vacationing and traveling by auto from Eureka to Phoenix this last week and on my way back I gassed up in Willits. I paid $3.63.9 per gallon. When I entered Eureka, I saw the first station coming into town sold gas for $4.17.9 per gallon, and per our gas price history, the prices varied only 2 cents all the way through town. Every town all over the west coast I have traveled, the prices vary at least 15cents. Why not Eureka?
Oh yes, I have seen the local media reports that let us know we have the highest prices in the contiguous states and yet I see no explanation why.
I am challenging all local Northern Humboldt press! Times Standard, North Coast Journal, Arcata Eye, McKinleyville Press and how about you two, John Matthews and Hank Simms of Lost Coast Communications!
Who is screwing the general public when it comes to the gas gouging we are subjected to in Humboldt County for years?
Let me give a few observations or questions that others can add or explain:
Is this problem to be dropped on the gas station/convenience stores? Is the price they charge based on gas profit margin or food products margin?
Is this really a supply and demand issue and we are so far removed from the rest of civilization that the suppliers can justify the prices?
Why won’t a supplier that can deliver gas that can be sold for $3.63.9 a gallon in Willits go ahead and drive that 4,000 gallons to Humboldt County for $2,160 more when it would only cost about $1,000 for delivery?
Just why is it so much cheaper to deliver gas to all points all over the United States? Why are we number #1?
I can pretty much guarantee you press people that the following local issues in Humboldt County take a back seat to any of the gas price concerns, so quit reporting on these until you give us gas gouging answers:
1. The Marina Center.
2. Jefferson Elementary School.
3. Ridgewood Development.
4. Humboldt County General Plan.
5. Medical Marijuana.
Now get going!