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  •  I called the gas and electric (15+ / 0-)

    monopoly in my area to ask about lheap and with all the cuts to the funds they are offering a total of $50.00 assistance for the whole heating season.  Just wanted to let you know that is all they are giving.  Unbelievable, especially since they were just asking the state of Indiana if they could put tracers on our bills (extra charges for their needs) and we are also paying about $30.00 a month extra on our bills for the regulatory board fees.  

    What gets my goat is the CEO of Nisource/NIPSCO is making about 7 million a year.  

    I hate that I'm so bitchy, but when you think of what the average person is struggling with it makes no sense to me that we have almost an extra $40.00 per month added on to our bills in fees while they paid the CEO 7 million dollars a year. . . and the other officers of the company are making six digits and all this adds to our bills.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 05:46:45 PM PDT

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    •  Those "private sector" (19+ / 0-)

      salaries are wholly inappropriate in what is generally a monopoly market.

      The companies do need to be efficient, not to pay massive salaries, but to keep bills down, but in truth they have no competition.

      What they should be are "public utilities", owned and managed on our behalf. They do not supply a discretionary product, and they don't have to compete.

      However slick their advertising, no consumer is going to say "I think I'll buy a little extra electricity this month, just as a treat".

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 05:50:52 PM PDT

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      •  Great Diary Twigg. Rec'd And Tipped (7+ / 0-)

        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

        by rebel ga on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:05:05 PM PDT

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      •  I think they used to be (11+ / 0-)

        considered "public utilities," but that was about fifty some years ago when I was a kid.  Now, when you read about the monopolies in the local newspaper, the CEOs usually have an article written about them when they have increased market shares for the shareholders and raised rates for the customers.

        Just about all services like gas and electric, phone companies, whatever are charging whatever they can get away with.  Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him?  At least our anti-trust laws once ruled in this country at the turn of the last century.  

        Just trying to keep a roof over your head anymore is a constant game of monopoly.  And to think I used to play that game for hours with siblings, little did I know it would become a living reality.  Hey anybody got a "get out jail for free," card?

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:13:33 PM PDT

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      •  Well you know (4+ / 0-)

        us peons have to support those making 7 million dollars a year.  Until we are all in poverty it won't dawn on them that perhaps the world can't really support them like they think we can.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:08:51 PM PDT

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        •  Those guys (and the ARE usually guys) are (4+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM, twigg, ladybug53, zaka1

          completely out of touch with humanity. They live in a bubble, an authoritarian, hierarchical bubble that metes out "punishments" to those who don't play by their rules.

          Lack of empathy: Complete and utter lack of empathy for experiences that are outside their own privileged bubble.

          "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

          by annan on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 07:31:28 AM PDT

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      •  Have you looked into WAP? (0+ / 0-)

        You might qualify for Weatherization Assistance
        Here's the info

        Apply for Weatherization Assistance

        Click here and choose your state to see the details

        http://www1.eere.energy.gov/...

        Great diary, btw.  A true insight into what life is like for most families these days.  

        It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

        by War on Error on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 08:10:07 AM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't call the gas or electric company, call (8+ / 0-)

      your local DSS to connect with HEAP.  It is a federal program.  here are some figures from this past season:

      Base Benefit Amount    Living Situation
      $1    Eligible households that live in government subsidized housing or a group home setting with heat included in their rent.
      $20 or $25    Eligible households who have heating costs included as part of their rent.
      $600 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is oil, kerosene, or propane and who make direct payments to the vendor for heating costs.
      $500 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is wood, wood pellets, coal, corn or other deliverable fuel and who make direct payments to the vendor for heating costs.
      $400 + applicable add-ons    Eligible households whose primary heat is electricity or natural gas and who make direct payments based on their household’s actual usage to the vendor.
      after you get regular HEAP, then you can apply for emergency heap if you fall behind:
      Type of Emergency    Amount
      Heat Related Domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment)    $160
      Natural Gas Heat Only    $400
      Natural Gas Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560
      Electric Heat Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560
      Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane)    $600
      Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.)    $500
      you can also be eligible for heating equipment repair or replacement AND for an air conditioner with installation.

      facts are here:  http://otda.ny.gov/...

      "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

      by MRA NY on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 06:51:58 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks, but Iheap (6+ / 0-)

        has been cut drastically along with things like "meals on wheels," etc.  Services in this country are at bare bones, last year they were paying out the above amounts, but no more.

        I'll be just fine, my hot flashes are keeping me warm!  Who needs hormones when hot flashes can save on your gas/electric bill.  Perhaps we could use hot flashes a natural replacement for fossil fuels.  That way older women could supplement their incomes and help with global warming.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:14:59 PM PDT

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