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Why do we still price gasoline by tenths of a penny?

Gasoline prices posted at a station at Pulaski

Gasoline prices posted at a station at Pulaski and Elwood roads in East Northport on March 24, 2017. Photo Credit: Newsday/Lawrence Striegel

I’m curious about two industry practices related to automobiles.

Why do gasoline stations list their prices by tenths of a penny? When I was a teen, and a gallon of gas was 30.9 cents, perhaps this made some sense. Then, nine-tenths of a penny represented a larger percentage of the price. But today, when nobody I know cares about a penny, can somebody explain why we continue to speak in terms of fractions of a penny?

Second, it continues to baffle me that pricing for leasing cars has not been standardized.

With so many variables to consider, it’s nearly impossible to compare deals. There’s the down payment, length of lease, bank fees, number of miles included, amount for each additional mile driven, termination fees, closed- or open-ended leases, additional dealer fees, interest rates, residual values, etc.

I realize that different marketing approaches help dealers attract attention, but I think they should also provide standardized unit price disclosures for their offerings. That way, knowledge and information will drive decisions.

Jeff Schwartzberg, Roslyn

Town park should help generate revenue

We need to have something at North Hempstead Beach Park that will bring in money to our town and schools.

Maybe we could have an area where recreational vehicles could park for the night or stay for a few days. This would enable people to shop and dine in Port Washington, Roslyn and Manhasset.

They could be allowed all year or just in the summer.

Grace Pucciarelli Bellomo, Port Washington

Enforce codes on ads in public places

A New York City administrative code says it’s illegal to post advertising on public property. This rule empowers city officials to remove such materials and fine those responsible. Fines can range from $75 to $500.

Based on the prevalence of this advertising where I live in Queens, this could be a real moneymaker for the city. Queens neighborhoods are inundated with illegal advertising — mostly stickers from “cash for cars” and “we buy houses” organizations. Barely a traffic sign, pole or overpass doesn’t have one of these decals. Enforcement should be easy — the decals display company names, phone numbers and URLs.

The same enforcement should apply to fliers placed inside advertising boards on subway cars. I’m all for a free-market economy, but there are limits on where advertising can and should be placed.

Leonard Klie, Glendale

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