Published in the Iola Register on May. 24, 2013.

Letter to the Editor 5-24-13

Dear Editor,
 Thank you, Julie Yanda, Minneapolis, Kan., for your Letter to the Editor about the high gas prices in Concordia.
 We travel a fair amount and I discovered more than two years ago that when we get out of the Leiszler Oil gas distribution area that gas is consistently cheaper.
 I never fill up in Concordia. I put just enough gas in the tank to get me out of this area and then fill up. When our price went up to $3.99 a gallon, we were going to the lake and filled up in Mankato for $3.82 a gallon.  It doesn’t help when gas distributors also own gas stations in their area.  The Short Stop stations set the price of gas in this area and the other stations are more than happy to match the higher price. This time, when the Short Stops went up to $3.99 a gallon, the other stations went to $3.95 a gallon. This was the first time that I can remember the other stations not matching Short Stop’s price.
 Even though $3.95 is still higher than the surrounding area. They must have thought that would be gouging us too much. I am all for a fair profit margin for businesses, but if the gas distributors in other surrounding areas are making a profit, then ours must be making a windfall profit.
 To help unsuspecting travelers through Concordia, I went online to GasPriceWatch.com. and signed up. Now, I can post the gas prices in Concordia so that travelers can fill up before or after Concordia. Clay Center is also being gouged. This letter is my opinion.
                                             Sincerely,
                                             Steve Dailey,
                                             Concordia