Gas price woes |

Gas price woes

With the San Francisco Chronicle’s recent business section story titled “Gas prices headed for $3,” I am finally convinced that it is imperative to take the Grass Valley gas stations to task and alert gas users to prepare for another long shafting of the Nevada County and especially Grass Valley environs cabal of “Robber Baron” gas vendors. I don’t think the Quik Stop market is within the pale of what I term “quasi-business” operators with their hands in our shrinking pockets.

On a recent day, I’ve observed a hike on a marquee downtown twice in one day; it appears the supplies reach Grass Valley from well-heads worldwide by a magic carpet, which travel 100 times the speed of sound. A study of price structure nationwide and statewide proves Grass Valley prices are higher than even high cost areas such as Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Continual exhortations by the Downtown Merchant Association and Chamber of Commerce to shop and support local merchants are feckless and futile; far more fruitful would be solicitations directed to business owners, to be a competitive consortium where price awareness and keen competition creates volume and consequent increases in the cities coffers. That’s the stimulant our area so sorely needs. It will stop the downhill shopper exodus. The Union newspaper might also become a beneficial participant by publishing Auburn, Newcastle and Marysville gas prices.

Liam Bergin

Grass Valley

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