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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:25 AM

9. Certainly agree with some of these

some are quite relative though, ie..

#1, air travel has never been proportionately less expensive than it is today, therefore I don't mind either paying for additional services or declining them..

#4 As much as I dislike commercials, because of my DirecTV having 200 channels, the market share of each channel is a tiny fraction of what it was when I was a kid with 3 local channels and PBS. I think it's amazing that I can get access to a satellite, 200 channels, and a DVR for $100 per month...again, proportional to other forms of entertainment costs/values.

#5 News has always cost money, aside from the tuncated network TV news, and radio blurbs.

#6 I've never known a time when trash pickup was free..self disposal through burning it on my own property was an option as a child...it still is where I live today..

#7 Gasoline used to carry a higher markup in the days of full service. My dad owned a gas station in the 70's, he supported our family quite well on the profit from the sale of gasoline...now, the margins are so slim that most gas outlets view it as a draw to sell milk, soda, energy drinks, and blunts...the advent of the convenience store giving gasoline away is what caused full service stations to completely disappear.

#10 If I pay my direcTV online or using their automated bill pay there is no fee, only if I am talking to a person do they charge...OTOH, one of my peeves is my electric cooperative (rural electric) charges $3.95 for any payment not mailed or carried in (online or phone they charge it) even though these processing fees are less expensive to them than having to process checks coming in..

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