News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 9, 2012

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 9, 2012

Time to stand up against gas prices

I cannot hold it in any longer.

Gasoline prices were seen last week at $3.99. That was 30 to 50 cents higher than just the previous two or three days. There is absolutely no reason or excuse for this. Internet sources say the average price in the USA is around $3.51.

Over the last two weeks we traveled in three states: Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Prices for gasoline were the highest in Terre Haute by at least 20 to 30 cents per gallon.

The last week in June, we traveled from deep south Texas where we paid $2.85. Farther up in Texas prices increased to 2.99. In Arkansas, prices were around $2.99 to $3.09. Missouri was a little less, and we paid $3.09 in Kentucky before entering Indiana. When we got to Terre Haute, the price was $3.33 and has risen daily ever since.

I follow crude prices as well as wholesale gasoline prices daily via the Internet. Yes, crude is a little higher now than a few weeks ago, but still much below the $116 that it hit back in April or May when the price in deep south Texas of gasoline went as high as $3.79.

We make this trip every year. Every year for the last more than 10 years, the highest price for gasoline is Terre Haute. If either the newspaper or the TV stations truly had investigative reporters doing their job to inform the public about ripoffs and scams, what goes on might come to light, or maybe not.

Perhaps a certain family or families in the area profit highly through the high retail prices and are not about to let anyone rock the boat. It may be time for the citizens of the community to start protesting collectively rather than grinning and bearing it.

I do not believe that any justification exists for Terre Haute and Vigo County residents to have to pay more than a half a dollar more for gasoline than nearby folks enjoy.

— Larry Wheelock

Terre Haute

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