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To the editor: I am absolutely flabbergasted and disappointed some gas stations have chosen not to buy gasoline during this current period of high prices.
I have a vacation home at Holden Beach and had planned to drive there on Thursday, Sept. 25, for 10 days with friends and relatives. We have now all decided not to make the drive since we cannot be sure we can obtain enough gasoline to return home.
The local restaurants, grocery stores and retail establishments will suffer from these decisions. I imagine other vacationers will share my concern and also not travel to Brunswick County.
I have children, grandchildren and friends who live in Houston and Baytown, Texas. We are thankful they are safe. They have been inconvenienced for days, so far, without power and a shortage of many consumer goods.
When a refinery such as the Exxon Baytown refinery is shut down, it takes at least 10 days to safely get the refinery back up and running; thus, a shortage of gasoline and higher prices. I think most responsible retailers understand that and will offer gasoline at the “going” rate.
My husband and I traveled from Mobile, Ala., to Mooresville recently. We had a very difficult time finding gasoline to purchase in Atlanta. I am glad the Atlanta gasoline station owners were willing to offer gasoline at the current high prices.
If not, we would have been stranded in Atlanta. I wish others had made that same decision.