In response to John Burgett's letter on June 22. While I agree with his smoke and mirrors statement concerning fuel prices and the Cherry Point refinery, I do need to point out that using prices in Wapato and Toppenish as examples is comparing apples to oranges because these two cities are within the Yakama Indian Reservation and subject to a different tax structure than off-reservation gas stations.
Stacey Struthers, Kennewick
-- Editor's note: Under an agreement between Native American tribes and Washington, tribal gas stations pay the full state tax but receive a 75 percent rebate. According to the Washington State Wire news service, the 51 tribal gas stations in Washington consistently charge 7 to 12 cents a gallon less than other stations partly because of the rebate.