Gas Prices Hit New High In Our Region

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Gas prices hit a new high across the region.

Several stations are now charging nearly four dollars and ten cents a gallon to fill up and many people say it's a struggle to keep up with the rising cost.

As people fill up their cars with gas, their body language couldn't be any more clear.

Some just walk away from the pump, afraid to see what they're paying and others do a double take at the marquee to make sure their eyes aren't fooling them.

Several gas stations in the area are now charging 4.09 a gallon.

Customers say they have more than four hundred and ten reasons why they don't like it.

“4.09 is expensive for average families, especially and it's really cutting into household budgets and grocery money and to extra things we can do with our families,” Clara Pope said.

She says the solutions being offered aren't enough..

“I don't think that a holiday gas tax for the summer is going to be, it would be a help, but it's nothing more than a tiny little band aid fix,” Pope said.

Scott Melton usually drives a 4 by 4 pickup and says buying his motorcycle is one of the best decisions he's ever made.

“Well, if I just need to go someplace and I don't need to pick up a lot of things, caues obviously you can't carry a lot of stuff on a motorcycle, if I'm just carrying me and it's a pretty day I'll ride it every time,” Melton said.

He says he's very comfortable driving away knowing he's getting 60 miles to the gallon.

Several folks we talked with say they are keeping a close eye on the number of trips they make.

Many say they have to cut out any summer travel plans altogether.

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  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:04 AM
    GREED and only GREED is the main reason for getting robbed at the pump.
  • by William Location: seky on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:36 AM Gen 8,22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
  • by BenDoubleCrossed Location: Tampa, FL on Jun 18, 2008 at 11:34 PM
    NSTANT FIX IS RAISING THE PRIME INTEREST RATE But would the cure slow the economy more than gas prices? Do you remember the 1973 oil embargo when OPEC nations said oil in the ground is better than paper money? It is unfair to blame investors for moving wealth from devaluing American dollars into oil commodities that retain or increase in value? If you want to reprimand speculators turn your anger on the Federal Reserve and US Trade Deficit. Devaluation of the dollar is the reason gas prices have increased rapidly. LONG TERM FIX IS END FOREIGN WARS AND DRILL FOR DOMESTIC OIL If the trillion dollars spent fighting in Iraq were invested in a Manhattan project to produce oil from reserves in the Gulf of Mexico, the OCS and synthetic fuel from coal, gas would be $2 a gallon or less. Reducing trade deficits saves US jobs. A billion in trade deficit costs 13,000 jobs. $400 billion for oil last year: do the math. Demand domestic production:


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