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Gas price conundrum

To the editor:

I’m not a big conspiracy guy, but some observations and a quick Internet search on March 26 has me starting to lean toward thinking something just isn’t adding up. The lowest gas prices in South Boston is $3.46, Danville - $3.35, Clarksville - $3.53, Lynchburg - $3.39 and Roxboro, N.C. - $3.59.

Economics teaches prices are primarily derived by supply and demand. I find it hard to comprehend the demand is greater in South Boston versus Danville or Lynchburg. 

I don’t think the supply side is a problem considering South Boston lies on the intersection of highways 58 and 501. I understand a lot of the gas we use comes by way of Hwy. 29 which skirts Danville and bisects Lynchburg, but South Boston lies a mere 25 miles from the intersection of 29/501. 

In my opinion this distance should not add to an $.11 difference.

It appears to the keen eye there may be outside forces affecting our local gas prices. I challenge anyone in the business to proffer an explanation. 

The lowest gas price in the USA is $2.59 in Eatonton, Georgia. The highest is $5.29 in Nipton, California, and the national average is $3.65.

Just an observation. 

Nelson Pulliam



First Amendment

To the editor:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Any reasonably educated person should be able to grasp that. There’s a reason all 10 original amendments were added to the Constitution; to keep big government from becoming too powerful over individuals.

Around 535 A.D. when the Romans invaded England, they brought Christianity to the inhabitants thereof. And ever since then Catholicism has been the established Church of England with the blessing of the Kings. But over the centuries, some of the people discovered a different way of worship. The Protestants were ridiculed and worse for years, so they migrated to America to establish a new country and to get away from the king’s domination. They weren’t here looking for riches as were the Spanish. They came here to escape being punished.

They were mostly all Christians. They followed the Judeo-Christian beliefs and made laws accordingly. They didn’t establish any one given religion but followed the Christian religion as they saw fit.

So how does having a Christian pray in any government-sponsored assembly establish a religion? Life outside one’s home is open to the public. It’s like a buffet meal, you take what you like and pass by the rest. How can one be offended by what’s being offered? If you are not being forced to partake of anything, how is it offensive?

George T. Lacy III



Tend to business

To the editor:

I commend President Barack Obama as he continues to reach out to the Republican Party in his attempt to get vital legislation passed. There must be a compromise. 

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can get all they desire. There are many issues that need immediate attention such as the budget, jobs, gun control, energy, global warming. 

The Congress and the Senate need to spend more time on passing legislation. Half the time they are in recess, the other half they are raising money for the next election. 

We are now three months into 2013, and no vital legislation has been passed. 

I encourage all concerned citizens to contact their elected officials and demand they tend to the business of running this country.

John Woody

South Boston