Driving through Sanford recently on U.S. 1, the gas stations across the street from each other were selling gas for $2.32 gallon. Locations of the same store in Southern Pines and Aberdeen were selling it for $2.46 a gallon. Maybe they are part of the problem of this long-standing overcharging.

Our local, county and state representatives continue to do nothing about this. Keep that in mind when election time comes up. The problem has gone on long enough.

Cliff Hubbard, Pinehurst

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Conrad Meyer

Cliff, I feel your pain. It is even worse in Seven Lakes where the prices are typically a dime a gallon higher than in town. First of all, the gas station owners can charge what they want unless they are gouging the public. A dime a gallon difference would not be considered gouging by our government. Second, there have been several attempts to study this problem at the county level. Nothing has happened nor has any data been shared. Third, I travel often around the state with some interstate travel as well. I can report the following over the past year. No gas station I passed in NC over the last year has had higher prices than Seven Lakes. A few were just as high, but generally, prices were lower. As far as interstate travel goes - this includes trips to Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and South Carolina. There were no gas stations with higher prices than Seven Lakes with two exceptions - the toll road in West Virginia and the toll roads in Illinois. They get away with it as they have a captive customer base. What to do? Vote with your wallet and buy gas elsewhere. Fayetteville is a great market - even better than Sanford. I rarely buy gas in Moore county unless I am forced to. If you don't want to go elsewhere, get used to paying more in More (sic) county. Politicians will do nothing for a dime a gallon.

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