I don't know about you, but the price of heating oil had me thinking about the winter's bills this week even as the humid 90s had us sweating.
Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie announced some ideas yesterday. Gov. Jim Douglas is announcing more today, though a fair share of them are things that were happening already.
After our story on those items ran, a 70-year-old woman wrote to me today, saying that she and her disabled husband have weatherized their house, turned the heat down to 55 last winter and used an electric space heater. She doesn't know what moves they can make this year to cut further.
"I think that the weatherization program should be expanded to assist homeowners
to convert from oil heating systems to another source of heat, such as wood or
wood pellets. Because I am paying so much for food and fuel oil, I do not have
the funds to purchase a wood pellet stove. Tax credits to convert from oil will
not help seniors who do not owe income taxes."
She goes on to say:
"I have worked all my adult life and thought we were ready to retire with
dignity, but this is not something that I anticipated. It made me furious last
winter to be confined to one small room while speculators and big oil make
obscene profits. This winter we may have to consider a shelter. This is just not
What do you think the state should be doing? What do you think regular folks should be doing?
- Terri Hallenbeck