Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

January 30, 2013

Why is gas so expensive in Princeton?

In recent years, people in the Beckley area complained that gasoline prices were always 5 to 10 cents higher per gallon than they were in the Princeton area. Well Saturday, I drove up to Beckley and noticed that gas was $3.38 per gallon. Here in Princeton, gas is $3.49. Why are we paying 11 cents more per gallon?  

Even worse than this, gas in Bluefield, Va. was only $3.16 per gallon. I know that the excise tax for gas is higher in West Virginia than Virginia, but it is not 33 cents higher! It seems to me that people in the Princeton-Bluefield area are getting ripped off by our local retailers! We need to ask these retailers why gasoline is not coming down in price like it is in our border counties. Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that residents of Bluefield are paying the highest utility bills in the state. Unfortunately, because of the greediness of  local retailers that sell gasoline, Mercer County residents may be paying the highest gasoline prices in the state. Enough is enough!  

Tim Snead

Princeton

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