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Your Opinion: Local gas prices comparatively high

Dear Editor:

I agree with Sally and Norman Gilmore’s assessment in their Aug. 25 letter to the editor about “Local gas prices remain excessive.”

In the 1980s and through the mid 1990s, my job required me to travel to all parts of the state so I had an opportunity to compare gasoline prices. I found that Jefferson City typically had the lowest gas prices statewide.

Something happened around 1995 because Jefferson City became the most expensive place to buy gas statewide. Even Osage Beach, a tourist stop, now has gas prices from five to 15 cents per gallon cheaper than Jefferson City. When traveling away from the state capital, I now wait until I reach a neighboring town or city to buy my gas, mostly as a matter of principal.

Perhaps the three local distributors can explain/justify why the gas prices in Jefferson City are typically the highest in the state?

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