To the editor:
When I got my first car in 1960 the gas was selling for 20 cents a gallon. I filled my gas tank for about $2.50. The prices stayed very reasonable for many years. In 1973 for some reason gas jumped up to $1.35 and that was 50 cents higher than it had been. But it soon dropped to below one dollar a gallon. In 1980 about June the gas went just over a dollar and slowly rose over the years to come. But then about four years ago the prices got high and now we are paying dearly to buy gas. I worked in gas stations in the 60s, 70s and 80s and I had to go out and put in gas in customers' vehicles. I also had to clean windshields and check engine oil. Today, everything is self service and stations are convenience stores also. Now for world gas prices: Italy $8.60 - India $5.00 - Ireland $8.00 - Canada $6.00 - France $8.30 - Turkey $9.96 - Netherlands $8.90 - China $4.60 - Japan $6.70 - Brazil $6.00 - Australia $5.50 - Iran $1.45 - Venezuela $1.10. Gas in California is $4.05 per gallon because their road tax is 60 cents per gal.
As a gas consumer, I think we are getting ripped off by the big gas corporations.