Gas Prices Rise – So Will Everything Else

Just as the economy appears to be showing signs of improvement, more unrest in oil producing countries is causing crude oil prices to sharply increase. The increase doesn’t just hit consumers in the pocket at the gas pumps – it causes prices for everything to rise due to transportation costs. Farmers pay more in fuel …

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Electric Franchise Fees To Be Raised 2% To Help Support Columbia Bus System

In November 2010, voters in Richland County, SC said no to a one cent sales tax increase, part of which would have been used to fund the failing bus system. Now, Columbia City Council is raising electric company franchise fees within the city limits from 3% to 5%, a fee which will be passed on …

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BUY A SHORTER EMERGENCY ROOM WAIT

Now you can buy a place in line at some hospital emergency rooms! A new online service allows you to make an appointment with participating hospital emergency rooms. If you aren’t seen within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, you don’t pay for the online registration, and at some hospitals you may not have to …

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I Hate Telemarketers !

I detest telemarketers. I don’t care if they are trying to sell something, conducting market research /opinion polls, political or charities, I detest them equally. The FCC implemented the “Do Not Call” list to give people relief from telemarketer harrassment but unfortunately political calls, those claming to be doing market research, and charities are exempt …

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SC Cuts Disabilities/HIV/AIDS Funds, Approves Possible Loan for Heritage Golf Tourney

UPDATE 6-27-2012 The Heritage Classic Foundation is asking that around $29,000 in interest owed on a loan to them by Beaufort County be waived. Beaufort County lent the Heritage Classic Foundation $1 million for their 2011 gold tournament. The base loan was paid back ahead of time by $250,000 in September and “$750,000 on June …

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Senate Drops Cosmetic Surgery Tax – Adds Tanning Tax Instead

In the scramble to figure out how to pay for the health care bill, the senate has replaced a proposed 5% tax on elective plastic surgery procedures with a 10% tax on tanning bed services. The tanning tax is projected to raise 2.7 billion over 10 years compared to 5.8 billion the elective cosmetic surgery …

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Ebay Fee Increase Sticks It To Sellers – AGAIN

Oh goody! Ebay is going to let you list up to 100 items a month FREE…….as long as your starting price is 99 cent or under. They’ve even reduced listing fees for the other price ranged…….but they’ve also increased final value fees (fvf) – a LOT. Good going Ebay, try to cover up fee increases …

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VOIPO – Phone Service Review

I’ll admit it. When I signed up for telephone service through VOIPO I had my doubts. I was a wary of voice over internet protocol phone service to begin with and I couldn’t see how this company could offer the service they do, with all the bells and whistles, for such inexpensive rates. I tried …

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Long distance carrier change – slamming

Years ago I paid my phone company, Windstream, formerly Alltel, $25 to block, and have paid them $4.99 a month ever since, simply to NOT have long distance on my landline. Imagine my surprise when I opened a phone bill to find $5.63 for “carrier change charge” and $19.37 billed from ILD Teleservices on behalf …

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