I'm curious to see if anyone knows why the fuel prices keep going up and down at the pumps and also why no one seems to care. When a holiday is approaching, the stores/stations always raise their prices so to make money off the traveling public even though they had not received a new load of fuel at a higher price. The last of July, I saw the gas prices rise once again, at least 20 cents a gallon, and I haven't heard of any reason. There are towns from 30 to 50 miles apart using the same brand of fuel but having a considerable difference in price. Why?

When you travel around the Wichita area, the prices are always a lot less than the western part of the state. This has been going on since I lived and worked in New Jersey around the Philadelphia area. Around 1975 is when I first heard about a fuel shortage, which turned out to be a joke. The reason being: I was working in a gas station and at the time we were only allowed to pump 500 gallons a day, five gallons per car, and we were on the Odd-Even Tag System. A customer one day told me to cross the Delaware River going to Philly and look at all the tankers sitting low in the water waiting to off load their fuel, and there was also two to three tankers tied up at the dock waiting to off load their fuel at the depot because all of the storage tanks were full. From that day on I realized there was no such thing as a "fuel shortage."

I would like to have someone explain why the prices keep jumping up and down without any notice or reason. We're not approaching any holidays, no horrific changes in the war, no oil spills in the ocean and no storage tank fires, and oil prices are down so please explain why the price differences occur from hour to hour, day to day, week to week, station to station, town to town and city to city. Myself and everyone else would appreciate a serious answer on this matter.

RON MUNYAN,

Syracuse