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Letters to the Editor

January 30, 2013

Gas prices excuse doesn't make sense

I keep hearing that it costs more to bring gasoline here, and that that’s why gas prices are higher in Otsego County. 

Now upon hearing this lazy excuse, I got my trusty calculator out and put it to work. To truck these products 60 to 75 miles, with fuel for trucks costing around $4 per gallon (which is probably high for a fuel company at its price), that comes out to 15 to 18 gallons, $60 to $75 per trip one way, or $120 to $150 roundtrip at 4 miles per gallon. 

At 9,500 gallons per delivery and 20 cents higher per gallon at the pump, that comes to $1,900 per load. Subtract $150, which is the cost of fuel for the truck, and it comes out to $1,750. Does it really cost that much to bring gasoline to Cooperstown or Oneonta? Does anyone smell greed here? 

One other thing of interest is the Price Chopper scheme. Does this help keep the price up on gasoline? It seems all the Sunoco stations’ prices are higher and they all have different prices per gallon. 

Another observation — get off Exit 17 and head to Cooperstown and the first gas station you come to has the highest prices going to Cooperstown. Even the independents along the route are cheaper, and they have to have someone haul their fuel for them. Anyone scratching your head on that one? I am.

David K. Pierce


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