Holiday gas prices spike

Published 5:01pm Thursday, July 5, 2012

Travelers and residents alike will feel the recent gas price spike in their wallets over the Fourth of July weekend after what seemed like a hopeful downward trend.
A dip in gasoline prices sent many drivers to the pump late last week, paying between $3.23 and $3.30 per gallon. Almost overnight, the prices have returned to the $3.45 to $3.55 mark, catching many who are on the road to holiday celebrations and enraging residents who must fuel up to get to and from employment. While the holiday may be to blame for the jump, drivers expressed annoyance, disgust and general apathy over the price jump.
“Honestly, I don’t care about it (gas prices),” Dowagiac resident Doug Boyll said. “If I let it bother me, it just doesn’t do any good.”
Boyll said between he and his wife, they go through roughly three tanks of gasoline a week. After traveling last week through Dallas, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas, the local prices packed an even bigger punch.
“Dallas was right around $3.05, and Missouri and Arkansas, I saw as low as $2.99,” Boyll said.
For other southwest Michigan residents, the recent spike causes a lot of anger.
“It’s a kick in the gut,” Judy Eazsol, of Niles, said Tuesday. “A holiday comes around and the prices jump every time; that’s politics.”
Fellow Niles resident Brenda Lyons said the price jump was expected, but that it doesn’t make the economic pinch any easier on consumers.
“It’s annoying,” Lyons said. “Even after the Fourth, it might just stay up.”
While the prices may shift unpredictably again after the holiday dust settles, Boyll said caring too much only makes the situation worse.
“I know they gouge the prices,” Boyll said. “The people who can do something about it are being paid to do nothing about it.”

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