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Don’t blame Obama

November 18, 2012
Dave Edgren, Gwinn , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

This is in response to Mr. Wheeler's letter to the editor in the Mining Journal on Nov. 10.

Mr. Wheeler stated that gas prices were going up in Gwinn because the president was re-elected. I find that ironic seeing how in most areas nationwide gas prices were going down by 10 to 15 cents per gallon.

In fact on the date his comments were posted in the paper, the cities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming had gas at $3.39 a gallon, just slightly above what San Antonio, Tex., had for the week and San Antonio had just gone down by 10 cents.

The blame should given to the owner/operators of the local gas stations in the Gwinn area (they know who they are) who are trying to make a fast buck by driving up prices hoping there will be an influx of people from down state or out of state because of the deer hunt.

It's a shame that they do something like this and don't have any concern for the local's in the area. I travel weekly and see the disparity of gas prices from around the country and it always seems that when ever there is a holiday or upcoming event in our area that gas prices go up. It's a shame that the Marquette County-area gas retailers association do that to their local people.

I guess they figure us local folks won't notice. I welcome the thought of a Keweenaw Bay Indian Community gas station in the area to hold these owner/operators accountable for what they charge for gas.

One other thing I want to bring up is something that was stated earlier this year by the person speaking for gas retailers. They stated that our gasoline comes from Green Bay. If my memory serves me correctly, Gwinn is closer to Marquette by about 25 miles so why is it that Gwinn always has a higher price for gasoline than Marquette? I know the answer to that is pretty simple. Its called putting it in there pockets and taking out of mine.

On Nov. 10, gas prices in Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming $3.39 per gallon. Gas prices in Gwinn and at the Crossroads $3.55 per gallon. Do we blame the president for that one?



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