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June 12, 2007

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Great post by the way. I love thinkers like this. It reminds of me. At any rate, you might find gas prices at www.energylord.com useful.

You're right about the high cost of fuel affecting also the lower income workers in rural areas also.
In rural areas like mine, where the commute to work typically is 30-70 miles one way, there is no public transportation.
(Exceptions:1) Veterans van to medical appointments for $5 (if the appointment is at the VA hospital in Reno, they can apply for a $5 reimbursement for transportation there. 2) Senior van for grocery shopping, or medical/dental appointments $5 and worth it.
For the general populace, there is no public transit. No vehicle or carpool or paid ride with friend, neighbor or relative, you are out of luck re working, shopping, getting to medical/dental etc.
Sort of like a South Dakota rez. Distances between rural area homesites and larger towns or cities make bicycling impractical (think a roundtrip of 16-140 miles to the library or supermarket etc.)
We have a lot (c. 30%) of seniors out here who own their own older trailers and lots, and whose monthly maintenance expenses and insurance are still far less than an apt. in a town or city. But the utilities' increase out here the last three years really affects them and others, and some of them don't have a room to rent out, or due to mental/drinking etc. habits of some of the seniors, would not be an acceptable landlord or roommate

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