Rural life simply does not offer many options when it comes to getting to work or school — not to mention all life’s other obligations, such as the doctor, the laundromat, the dump, the grocery store or the DMV. Those five stops, in fact, might be in five different towns, depending on where you live.
These harsh realities make it all the more difficult to swallow the oversized profits recorded by refining companies such as Valero Energy ($1.01 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012) and Marathon Petroleum ($755 million for the same period).
We appreciate Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent efforts to make it easier for customers to report possible price gouging at gas stations, but we suspect these high prices originate a lot higher up the food chain.
And rich or poor, big city or small town, these high prices hurt us all.