10/26/2004

Life looks down on the elderly

For those individuals on low or fixed monthly incomes life keeps looking worse, especially for the elderly. On top of the shortage of flu vaccinations, those who depend on fuel assistance will have some cold homes this winter. The rising prices of crude oil have a lot to do with this. With such high prices and so many hurricanes during the fall, refiners have been cut off from stockpiling crude oil. If we have the cold winter that is predicted the demand for natural gas will surely rise which worries a lot of people. Energy trader Phil Flynn says, "We’re drilling more (natural gas) and producing less, our rig counts are up but our supplies are declining." A prolonged winter could prove fatal.

What are the cold elderly to do? Sit in there cold homes and freeze, I don't think so. Maybe we just hope for an abnormally warm winter, or is there something the government can do to help pay for the rising prices of oil and heat?

11 comments:

Biancca said...

What can the government do ...what can the government do??? You know the United States isn't even capitalist anmore. The pure idea of laisser faire, or "let do" would leave the govenrment out of everything. I think we are pretty much socialists now which is fine with me. I guess the young and strong can fight their way through a capitalist system, and the young, weak , and elderly need socialism to survive. That's how I wouls sum up our system anyway.

Student 01 said...

What if any is the logical reasoning here? The only conclusion that I can come up with is that there is none. The statement “is there something the government can do to help pay for the rising prices of oil and heat?” The government doesn’t help any body, the rich help people any time someone says “maybe the government can do something” the rich get screwed. If you are worried about the little old grandma freezing down the street go chop her some fire wood don’t expect someone else to pay for your bleeding heart concerns. As for my grandparents they have tucked away enough for retirement, and if they didn’t I would make them move into my nice cozy warm home. We have got to keep the DAMN government out of the peoples pockets, those who want to help can on there own free will.

Bryce Larkin said...

I agree 100 percent with the student01, the only thing that could be worse is to get the government involved. Actually how many elderly people do not have enough money to spend on heat? There are probably an extremely small percentage of elderly people. So they might have to spend more money on gas and less on something else. I don't believe elderly people will freeze to death in their homes because gas price went up.

Bruce Banner said...

The government can be helpful but right now I think they are going the wrong way fixing oil prices.

John West said...

Student 01 has some very strong feelings concerning this issue. I will only say that I'm so happy for him that his granparents are taken care of because many peoples will not be. I don't think that the government should do anything drastic like raise taxes for this problem, but we can't live in a kind of society that pushes people aside as they get older and realistically can no longer take care of themselves. By the way who do you think fought both World War's so that you could live in a free country. It really makes me sick to think that I'm in a class with someone so callous and hard. Not everyone is your grandparents and it should be our obligation as a young and rising generation to care for those that made sure we were able to be here in the first place.

Student 01 said...

I do have strong feelings about this issue. I don't think I’m the cold and callused person you think I am. I donate many dollars to charitable organizations, I don’t know it may be more than you make in a year Mr. West, but I do my part. I donate to the local power company which in turn gives or pays the power bill of elderly customers, and I donate money to my church in which takes care of the elderly as well. The thing I hate is when someone tells me who and where I have to give money. I am always going to do my part, but I want to have a say in who I help. I love to help those who truly need and deserve it, not some one who pissed their life savings away on the bottle or some other similar vise.

John West said...

Student 01, I'm sure everyone is impressed with your supposed earnings and charitable donations. If you are indeed donating, good for you. My only question: If you are making such a living as you say you are, why are you in school? This is the last time I will be involved with such petty arguments. Thank you.

Maudi said...

If some elderly woman is freezing because she can't pay for heat, then my goodness, stop taking out the social security from my paycheck! If she can't afford to pay for heating with the nice check that she is getting every month from myself as well as others who are working hard to get by, then she needs to move to somewhere smaller where she can afford the heating bill.

Dr. Tufte said...

I don't want to seem unsympathetic, but we hear this story every winter.

Does anyone actually know any seniors that have frozen to death (in the absence of mental illness)?

This smacks to me of an urban myth that the media chases for a cheap story every year.

On top of that, the utilities have programs to help subsidize the heating bills of the poor and elderly.

And we never have to raise welfare or social security payments so that people can afford heat.

What gives?

C-Dizzle said...
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C-Dizzle said...

I as well see this blog as a complete dramatization of reality. If this theory that elderly are going to freeze to death because of high oil prices were true, millions would be dead...years ago. It's quite a stretch of what happens.

If in fact the rising price of crude oil increases, the elderly with low incomes will have to substitute a good they commonly buy for heating fuel this winter.