In reference to Mr. Janota's letter about buying gas in Steamboat or Baggs, he said that he would gladly lose a couple of dollars to save money and not let his money go to local business.
If Mr. Janota gets such great gas mileage that he is only losing a "couple of dollars" he shouldn't be worried about the price of gas. If I were to drive to Baggs, I would use just over a gallon of gas, that's $3.14.
Driving back I would use another gallon, another $3.14. So now I am up to $6.28. It will take me 45 minutes to drive up there if I drive the speed limit and do not meet up with anybody going slower.
It will take me approximately 10 minutes to pump my gas and pay for it. Then driving back, another 45 minutes, again if I do not run into any problems.
That is 1 hour and 40 minutes of my time that I have spent. I have two school-aged children, run a business and do volunteer work. There are a lot of things that I can get done in an hour.
So now you have spent $6.28 and your time to save $1.50 on a 15-gallon tank of gas.
If you have ever driven to Baggs you know that it is not a very exciting drive and there is a lot of animals near the road. Any time you drive on the highway you run the risk of deer, elk, or antelope being in your path. That's not a risk I want to take to save a few dollars.
Now if everybody did that and stopped spending any money, such as the coffee, soda and snacks that Mr. Janota suggested, our tax revenue would go down. When you buy out of town you are paying taxes to other cities, counties, and if you go to Baggs, another state. I would rather buy locally and pay my taxes to my community that I live in, so that I can have the services that are provided by the entities that receive these funds. If you really want the price of gas to go down, don't use as much. It's the whole supply and demand thing.
When the demand for a product goes down the price goes down. Walk or ride a bike, carpool, don't drive to the store every day. There are several ways to save on gas. Maybe we should start using them and not relying so heavily on our vehicles to get us everywhere.