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Childress letter to editor

Letter to the editor

Reader urges policy change to allow smaller quantity propane purchases

While costs are rising, wages remain the same, more families are struggling to make ends meet and some are even suffering in the process. At this moment in time, society should be working together. It appears as if companies are still out there trying to make that “almighty buck” that has become to hard to come by. They do not give consideration to the consumers who are facing the brink of poverty as time goes on.

There needs to be an overhaul on a number of company product restrictions out there to help those less fortunate. Take oil/propane companies for instance. While the owners and employees are at home enjoying the nice warmth they are fortunate to afford, there are families out there who agonize over how to warm their home. At least some of the propane companies in Panola and surrounding counties require you to purchase a minimum of 100 gallons of gas at one time. Not every family caan afford to shell out between $300-$400 at once. These companies can care less about whether or not you have children or cannot afford to purchase the required amount at once. Instead, a generic “I’m sorry, there is nothing I can do for you” is mentioned when you call them in an emergency.

This brings tears to my eyes knowing how many individuals are out there struggling to keep their family warm and there is nothing that can be done. The weather is becoming colder, conditions are worsening, and yet, nothing is being done to meet these needs.

These families are not asking for a handout, they are merely asking for options such as lower required purchase amounts in an emergency, payment plans, etc. We as a society should be considering those who are already struggling to make ends meet and come up with more options to help the less fortunate instead of watching them do without while there are several who have no worries and live contentedly, not having to make tough choices or sacrifice precious priorities.

 In this time of recession, let’s remember those who are less fortunate than you may be. Let’s come together as a whole and observe ways to help those who need it without demeaning them in the process. Let’s give them a hand up with more options available. It may perhaps be you one day that might require this assistance.

/s/ Michelle Childress