Gas prices affecting lives of East Texans
POSTED: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 1:19pm
TYLER — It's not hard for East Texans to realize just how much damage the gas pumps are doing to our pocketbooks.
But what about how that is affecting other things - like where we go, how we get there and even what we do when we get there?
We spoke with East Texans today to see just how much of a toll rising gas prices are taking on them.
East Texan Ethel Cooper has had to cut back on a lot of things because of rising gas prices.
She doesn't just get in her car and "go" anymore. She limits her errands to once a week - and that's for only 2 hours.
She even carefully plots out the shortest routes on paper.
But perhaps one of the most distressing cutbacks to Cooper is her volunteer work.
"Well I feel real bad about it because I love to go to the hospital and visit the sick - that I love to do, that's a mission job that God had gave me and I love doing that, but now you know I'm not doing it at all because gas is so high and I have to observe my gallons that I put in here," Cooper said.
Many other East Texans we spoke with today felt the same way.
A hospice worker told us when she puts gas in her vehicle, she can't even afford to fill it up all the way.