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LETTER: Rifle doesn’t need another pricey gas station

The Rifle City Market is going to get a gas station but will it lower the price of gas? Will the new City Market gas station have the prices that reflect ones in Grand Junction? If not then we don’t need another gas station.

Rifle has eight gas stations, and another one with prices the same doesn’t help the people. I don’t buy gas in Rifle; haven’t in four years. I buy gas in Grand Junction and fill up two five-gallon gas cans until my next trip there. Gas last week in Junction was $2.96 a gallon, and in Rifle it was $3.49. That is a difference of 53 cents.

Swallow Oil has been gouging people long enough, and it’s time we do something about it. There is a difference between running a business and gouging people. It’s time people contact the politicians of this state and enact a price-gouging law. There is no reason there should be on average a 40 cent difference between Grand Junction and the Rifle area on gas. We are still a good distance from Aspen and Vail and the delivery trucks have to come down I-70 or Highway 13 to delivery it.

If the Rifle City Market is going to reduce the price of gas more toward the Grand Junction City Market gas stations, then we welcome them. If not, then we don’t need another high-priced gas station; we have enough already.

Competition is supposed to drive prices down, and if Swallow owns a majority of the gas stations, where is the competition? There isn’t — he has a monopoly.

Ask City Market where they stand before we get another high-priced gas station in town.

Curt Hanson


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