Speak Up for Dec. 6

You do the math

I want everyone to know something some of us already know -- that gas prices here still have not dropped. Maybe if everyone follows this advice, these places will lower the prices.

Go to Steamboat and get your gas there. The Mt. Werner Sinclair (by Wal-Mart) is only $2.29, 30 cents less a gallon, if you use a credit card.

You can go to Big O (Tires) in Steamboat and save even more there.

Let's all go to Steamboat for gas. Maybe this will get the gas stations in Craig to wake up.

It doesn't matter if you drive a Honda Civic or a Ford F350, do the math. You will save a lot of money by filling up in Steamboat.

Challenge for prices

Craig is a pretty nice place to live. The Chamber of Commerce and other retail business associations proclaim to "Buy Craig," and rightfully so. It is difficult for me to understand the huge price differential for gasoline in this town compared to other places. For example, (The prices will be rounded up.) On Nov. 23, I fueled up in Craig with a 3-cent discount and paid $2.77 for the 91 octane. That same day, I drove to the Denver area. Kremmling's price, again for the 91 octane, was $2.51.

Then on Thanksgiving, I filled up in Denver for $2.30. Four days later in the Denver area, the prices were still $2.30. On the return from Denver through Kremmling, the price was $2.51. Going through Steamboat, I noticed the price to be $2.70. On into Craig and guess what? The price was still $2.80. It is not hard to calculate these price differences --0 cents between here and Steamboat and yet 29 cents in Kremmling. The big one is the 50 cents in Denver. I have three receipts in hand to confirm these prices.

I would challenge anyone to honestly justify such an enormous price differential. The retailers want us to buy locally at these kinds of prices. I don't think so.

They passed the test

What a heart-warming story for your front page. Humans and animals have a divine connection. It's a test that your heart extends past your "convenience." This cat, Eight-way, was the litmus, and you have all passed.

All my companions have been of such ilk and have filled the holes that were not apparent to others. Merry Christmas!

Editor's note: When a starving stray cat went in search for food, the generosity of strangers kept him alive and eventually helped reunite the cat, Eight-way, with a group that had adopted it.

Tax would be 'greedy'

I'm speaking up about the opinion column on the lodging tax for the outfitters. I'm not an outfitter, but I've been around guiding and outfitting all my life. I think the idea of charging hunters a lodging tax for staying at a hunting camp is ridiculous and greedy.

Most outfitters I know charge "X" amount of dollars for a five-day hunt. They usually provide a tent, a cabin, an old mobile home or a camper if the hunter wants to stay there, which saves the hunter a long drive each day if he were to stay in town.

These places are used only one to three months out of the year. They don't have TV or room service. They're not provided bedding, towels, soap and so forth. The hunter brings his things. Many do not have running water. Some kind of heat and an outhouse is usually provided. And you want to tax that? How much would it cost to regulate and collect on that, not to mention the lawsuits you'd get hit with. If some of these outfitters are running businesses year-round, renting cabins and rooms, then you might get them. But I imagine you already have them. Otherwise, don't go trying to make hunters pay a tax on some old mouse-eaten cabin.

Editor's note: Guests at Moffat County hunting lodges don't have to pay a 1.9 percent lodging tax, while hotel and motel guests do. Some community members have questioned whether that's a good policy. A recent Craig Daily Press editorial advocated open discussion about the issue.

Why make it so handy?

I can't believe that in your Nov. 26 issue, you had an insert just to advertise liquor. We're trying to get our kids to stay off liquor, cigarettes, methamphetamine and all sorts of dope. Now, why make it so handy for them to see what's on sale and what isn't?

4-H, business support

Back several months ago, the paper had an editorial encouraging local businesses to support the local 4-H Livestock Auction. As you know, in many cases these animals sell for two to three times market value.

When I look at the clothes the kids are wearing during the sale, the gear that the kids use in the preparation of the animals and the vehicles towing their animal trailers in the parking lot, I wonder if the sellers and their families really support the local businesses.

If they won't even pay a local merchant "market" value for the merchant's product, how is it fair for that same business to be expected to pay many times the market value for the animals? Support of the 4-H sale needs to be a two-way street.

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