AFFORDING HOME HEATING: It doesn't matter to them, because they haven't heard from you!

Sue Daugherty
Mar 23, 2010

Will someone please explain to me why there is vocal opposition and demonstration opposing the price of gasoline, yet no consumer action against the price of home heating? Is it because people have no problem affording home heating? Do heating bills really give us no cause for concern?

Our U.S. congressmen/women and our U.S. senators make laws that influence the price of regulated utilities - electricity and natural gas; as do our Ohio representatives and Ohio senators. The Federal Energy Commission, Securities Exchange Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio make the rules and regulations based on those laws. Yet on May 5th, (11 weeks advanced notice) when Serving Our Seniors and the Erie-Huron Community Action Commission invited these Ohio public servants to come to Sandusky and take part in our public forum, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future?" They all politely said they were not available.

At first I was angry by their lack of interest. Then I realized. It's not going to matter to them, until they know it matters to us. And clearly, their comfort level with saying, "no thank you, I won't be attending," is a reflection of the citizens they represent.

If you are concerned about the price of heating your home, communicate this to those who represent you on this issue. Call our elected and appointed representatives and let them know how disappointed you are that they won't be taking part in the public forum entitled, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future?," on Friday, July 18, 2pm - 4 pm, at the Erie County Office Building (downtown) 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Be sure to RSVP so you can attend the forum, yourself. (419/624-1856).

And remember this: It's not going to matter to them, until they know it matters to you!

Comments

Anonymous

unfortunately, people will not care until their first heating bill this winter arrives in the mail; by that time, it is too late.

Anonymous

Glad to see you using your energy in a productive manner instead of what you have been doing with it recently. Keep up this type of work. That is what got your name respected in the first place.

Anonymous

I hope you're not going to lie to these people about their heating bills, you know who you've been hanging around with.

Anonymous

I don't know where the SR and Sandusky get off listening to you about anything. You were once respected for your cause, stick to the Seniors, you're totally out of you league with everything else.

Anonymous

Who are you????

Anonymous

I don't think I understand. Isn't this the woman that has something to do with serving our seniors and hanging around with Westerhold and Nuesse? Why has she been popping up all over the place since this Nuesse fiasco? I am kinda leery listening to anything that she says after what I have heard about her with that fiasco!

Anonymous

she is hot! Sue for commissoner!

Anonymous

Perhaps these public servants did not want to spend $4 a gallon on gasoline to drive here from Columbus just to take part in your little meaningless public forum.Perhaps they have more important things to do than burning tax dollars taking a long drive on a nice summer day just to have tea and crumpets at your little party.

Anonymous

Now this woman has a blog? It's bad enough having to listen to her at the commission meetings. Blah, blah,blah Sue. You have publicly supported a woman who has major truth issues. Birds of a feather...

Anonymous

What does she expect anyone do to about high heating costs?? Natural gas is a commodity, plain and simple. You can't control the price of natural gas anymore than you can control the price of copper or wheat or cotton. So the answer is to use less of it by weather proofing your house, not "demand" that the government do something about it.

tk

Thank you Sue. You have been great with Serving our Seniors. You are also one of the most admired and respected ladies in Erie County. You have provided valuable information to senior citizen in the area. We appreciate all you have done.

Anonymous

If we could just bottle the amount of hot air Sue has expended at the commission meeting we could heat the city for a week. The add in her other buddies, Matt W., Kevin Bailey, etc. PS. Ask why he changed his name to K. Ronald....

Anonymous

While I am concerned about high home heating costs, I most certainly will NOT be contacting either my state or federal representatives for help. The causes behind the high prices are simple enough:

Over-regulation BY THE GOVERNMENT.
Artificial price controls BY THE GOVERNMENT.
Elimination of true competition BY THE GOVERNMENT.
Failure to plan for the future BY THE GOVERNMENT.

We need to ELIMINATE government involvement here, not encourage it! Besides, what's left? Asking the government for hand-outs of one kind or another? We'll pay through the nose for those, too, and you'd better bet the cost of THAT kind of thing will NEVER go down!

There are plenty of things people can do to save on heating bills. The one thing that's guaranteed to cost us all more in the short AND the long run is government involvement. You should be thanking your lucky stars no politicians are interested in your little soiree. I know I sure am!

Anonymous

ROTFLMAO!!

Anonymous

Sue,
Thank you for all you have done in Erie county, You say what you think, That is good. You have done a lot for the older folks.

Anonymous

After this woman's public support of Nuesse, I wouldn't listen to anything she had to say. She must be extremely niave - not very bright - or both.

Anonymous

I am shocked the Sandusky Register has given another blog over to someone not qualified as a journalist. This is honestly turning into The Sandusky Nuesse Report with all her supporters running the show.

tk

No one is forcing any of you to read Sue Daugherty's blog. Some of us appreciate the enormous help she has been and continues to be to the senior citizens of Erie County. Some of you seem to think only the things you approve of should be printed in the SR. Well, here's a news flash. This is still the USA and we all are allowed to form our own opinions.
God Bless you, Sue. I hope you keep up your good work for many years to come.

Anonymous

who isnt complaining? C'mon now-lets be real about it. We complain-nobody listens. Politicians do what they wanna do anyways

Informed

All of you morons making negative comments are probably the same morons that made the comments bashing Steinle in the boating accident blogs...until, all of a sudden, the truth is posted, and you all run and hide like cockroaches when the lights come on! The fact that Sue can carry on a meaningful conversation, gets involved in the community and can spell correctly, unlike most of you, speaks volumes about her, and volumes about yourselves. You are all little wimps who hide behind a keyboard but are all too scared to publicly make your concerns known in a public forum.

Anonymous

You are one sexy lady. Are you married?

Anonymous

I don't think people are posting these comments mean them to be negative. They just want Sue to wake up and smell the coffee. She spoke out without knowing the facts, is that the sign of someone we should be listening to about an important topic? She sided with a lier, is she telling us the truth about heating bills. See the point informed "MORON".

Anonymous

She looks like the type of girl that in order to stay warm shares a bed with a tattooed 300 pound butch.

Anonymous

Sue knows law enforcement very well and speaks from a lifetime of living with one of the finest men to put on a uniform. She also knows and practices keeping the earth God gave, for the generations to come. To those of you who do not know this fine, intelligent, caring individual, please stay silent and let the voice of reason speak.

Gulliver

To Pitterpat -- Thank you - whoever you are - for that beautiful compliment about my father, Norwalk Police Chief Knute Daugherty (now deceased). He was an exceptional leader in law enforcement. How nice of you to acknowledge his contribution to the profession. I am honored by your statement. Thank you.
Sue

Anonymous

It's because these old people are like predators, s*ck*ng social secuity and medicaid out of my check, demanding their "cola's", whining about everything. They are a predator class, who didn't plan for the future, draining the blood out of the younger generation. My fuel costs would decrease if they would get their slow cars off the road and quit gumming up traffic. They ruined this country, does anyone really think social security and medicaid will be around for anyone currently under 50? Let em freeze. Maybe they can burn copies of he SR to stay warm.

Anonymous

I for one am in favor of exploring my options in geothermal cooling/heating. The only problem at this point is it is cost prohibitive.

Anonymous

Having worked in the field of Geriatrics for 41 years as a nurse, and now find myself in that catagory, I take exception to the afore mentione description of "seniors", these are the folks that gave you the America you have today, and they did not "whine" when so doing. Bless them, and give them the respect they deserve. They paid for that Social Security by WORKING, which to most of the younger folks is a cuss word. Be kind for you too will find yourself there someday. And I hope there is someone like Sue to champion your cause.

Anonymous

Young people talk about being old like they will never be old themselves. Maybe(hopefully)some of them won't. In this country, you can't make a joke about black people anymore, but you can make fun of the elderly all day long.

Anonymous

Being 52 I've seen how many of these people are. They had steady employment, A generous government & more. 1950 &1960 is long gone. So many of these people are spoiled & selfish & materialistic. The America that we have? Does anyone remember being able to go to war (Vietnam) at 18 but you couldn't vote? Welcome to our world old timers. One of constant stuggle to make ends meet. A place where husband & wife must work to pay bills, etc. A world where we are burdened my more rules & laws that you never had to deal with. Count yourself fortunate that you lived when you did. Your America was easier.

Anonymous

Should read struggle not stuggle. I got lit because of this. Look at where they live. Nice. What they drive (and shouldn't) nice car. Good medical from retiring - many work & have nothing for their families! Old has it made compared to most of us.

Anonymous

You know another point, why does SOS have the presumptive arrogance to take my money for these people who were too busy living large, many of them whiny union hack retirees, to properly prepare for the end years? Given the money that is choked out of me for Medicare and Social Security and all these other glom on programs, the citizens of this county need to chuck this levy. I'm tired of working for other people. This levy is forced charity. But the SR will give it a free podium.

Sam

Is the point of this article to promote your boyfriend's house on Third Street?

Anonymous

Yes! These same people never went through the harsh eighties, when my generation kept getting laid off,etc. They always said "I grew up during the depression, yeah but they were children, not parents.They can do without like everybody else. They think all owe them - B.S.!

Anonymous

The greatest generation was neither. Look at the mess they left, and we get stuck with the bill. Now get your meandering gas guzzling boat cars off the road before I run them over with my SUV. :)