On Does city need better apartment inspections?
Everyone is worried about what the landlords think. What about the tenants? This is an invasion of privacy. And not all rental units are apartments. We have been renting a single family home in a nice neighborhood for 12 years. I don't want strangers coming in!
On What do you make of ruling on Act 10?
Eagle...to answer your question...my husband's income went down 11 percent last year. He is a college educated professional working for the UW System in a professional capacity. And yes this was directly due to Act 10. He has been a state employee for 13 years and has not had ANY kind of raise in at least 8 years. We sit around 120% of the poverty level. He is not alone. He is also not a teacher. This affects many many more people than teachers
Where do public employees go from here? A cut in pay, higher health premiums, large copays, a requirement to contribute to a pension whether you want it or not, along with higher ss/medicare tax = applying for public assistance in order to eat, pay medical bills and heat the house. That is until they gut that program as well.
On Managing that grocery bill
Coupons and sales (better yet, combine the two), buying in bulk, cook from scratch, freeze leftovers for later or to use for lunches at work, buy direct from the farmer, make a list before going to the store (combining with menu planning makes it more efficient), make one major shopping trip a month with small ones only for items that will spoil such as produce and dairy, try meatless meals with beans or eggs, use all parts of the food such as when cutting up meat for a recipe, save the bones to make broth or save the carcass from a chicken or turkey to make broth and/or soup which can all be frozen until needed.
On Gazette delivery to be delayed Friday
While our customer's papers may not have "made deadline" today, after a 2 hour journey they are finally all delivered. Since most city routes are now driving routes, they span anywhere from 100-150 papers daily over several miles. Our route took nearly twice as long as usual. Since it is a driving route with porch delivery including many special requests, we drove along from block to block dodging large piles of frozen snow in the middle of intersections that my vehicle certainly would not go through and then stopping at each house to deliver to the porch, paper tube, mailhooks, wooden box or where ever else you may have requested. Almost none of our stops had shoveled and then the city plowed the driveways in during the night requiring us to scale large mountains of frozen snow at the end of each driveway and either walk through drifted sidewalks or icy streets to get to other nearby stops. So, if you think you need a credit because your paper was late, go ahead and call and complain. I bet you didn't leave a card or tip for your carrier either.
On UPDATE--ECHO distribution
Living at poverty level is a full time job in itself. So much paperwork, so much waiting, so many appointments, juggling the bills and reality of every day life. Very few are "sitting around". Add all that on top of working a job, as most ECHO clients do, raising a family, and trying to take care of yourself.
On How many miles are on your vehicle?
1994 Chrysler Town and Country...Purchased used in 2001 with 96000 miles as we outgrew our car. Now it has 212000.
On Have you considered cutting the cord?
We went from extended basic to basic cable in 2000. In 2005 we dropped the cable altogether and used rabbit ears and then a digital converter. In February our TV turned 20 years old..then it decided it was done. We didn't replace it. We have 5 kids and it is rarely missed. They watch dvds on the computer occasionally.
On T.V. Time
Our TV broke in February after it turned 20 years old ...still don't have a new one...don't miss it much either. Haven't had a cable service in years.
On Do you watch which seafood you eat?
White albacore tuna is EXTREMELY high in mercury and should be avoided at all costs by children and women of childbearing age.
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