Gasoline is more expensive because it should be. deal with it


About the editor: Her article on the “mystery” of gas price fluctuations within California and across the country compares the cost of filling up a gas tank in Los Angeles to filling up a gas tank in Yuba County.

I’m not a fan of price fixing, but some of the reasons for price differences seem all too obvious. Yuba County’s sales tax rate is at least 1.25 percentage points lower than the general tax rate in Los Angeles, and the cost of doing business in Yuba County, whether in the form of rent, services, or labor, is significantly lower.

Yuba County may not have six oil refineries like LA County, but it’s not that far from refineries near San Francisco.

As far as branded versus non-branded gas stations go, I pay significantly more for branded groceries than for the private label products. Motorists can use non-brand petrol, but apparently have little desire to do so.

Drivers who are sensitive to the price of gas can buy more fuel-efficient cars and do without the grossly oversized trucks and SUVs that seem to be making more and more vehicles on the roads today.

George Jacobson, South Pasadena


About the editor: There is no secret behind gas pricing. One need only compare the prices of gas stations at freeway exits with those of the same brand of gas stations several blocks away.

It’s just greed and taking every opportunity to water down the customer who needs gas more urgently than the next driver.

Bill Waxman, Simi Valley


About the editor: When the oil supply was threatened a few weeks ago, the price of gas immediately rose. The logic would then follow that now that oil prices are falling, gas prices should fall rapidly over the next week.

Let’s look.

Steven R. Odell, Huntington Beach Gasoline is more expensive because it should be. deal with it

Caroline Bleakley

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