1. I am talking about the situation where the repair bill is $500 and folks don't have a spare $500 to pay until they can get the money back from BP. How do people get repairs on their cars when they don't have the money to pay for the repairs in their bank account? Folks that live paycheck to paycheck, which is a great deal more folks nowdays with this economy, do not have the money to spend on repairs. With gas prices as high as they are right now and grocery prices on the rise, many people already are at their budget's limit and simply do not have the money to front until BP settles with them. BP has admitted it is their fault and will pay for the repairs. So now what, only the people with money in the bank will get their cars fixed and folks who don't have the money won't?
    August 22, 2012 10:18 pm on Indiana attorney general investigating BP gas recall
  2. So what do those of who can't afford to take our cars to the repair shop do? My car won't leave the drive way right now because of the defective fuel. I can't afford to be out the money right now, I simply don't have it. I count myself as one of the lucky ones though, as my husband's work truck is still running. What about those people who are living paycheck to paycheck and now can't get to work or afford the repair either? BP needs to get together a list of authorized shops consumers can take their cars to for repair. Sure, clear the documentation prior to letting the customer go to the shop for repair. I understand they just can't fix everyone's car without documentation. I have the transaction clearly leaving my bank account and going to a merchant that had defective gas, I am claiming damage to car registered to me, the same holder of the bank account that was charged. This pretty much rules out any fraud on my part. There needs to be better solution than people having to pay upfront and wait for reimbursement.
    August 22, 2012 6:32 pm on Indiana attorney general investigating BP gas recall
  3. I bought gas at the Family Express at 1901 Burlington Beach Road in Valpo on Saturday. Car started really rough and was shaking when I tried to use it this evening. Hadn't read the paper in a few days and was glad I decided to read it tonight! What disturbs me is a couple things. First, I searched my debit card records with the bank online this evening and could not find any trace of the transaction being posted to my account. This really concerns me because I did not get a receipt when fueling. However, I did see the transaction cross my account another way. I bank at Centier and am enrolled in their round up savings program, which rounds up atm transactions to the next dollar and deposits the difference into your savings. I see the round up transfer of the difference between my accounts and I can see the info about the merchant that processed the atm/debit payment that triggered the transfer. I see the address, date and time. Yet, it has not been posted to my account for payment to the merchant. This really concerns me, especially if the transaction does not post within the next couple days. I am also concerned about the whole reimbursement thing. I just enrolled two kids in school and one in college, to say I am tapped out right now and do not have the funds available for repair is an understatement. I did send BP an email this eveing asking if there is a list of approved repair places that can bill them directly. Hopefully, they will take care of the people with legitimate claims.
    August 21, 2012 11:51 pm on BP recalls gasoline sent to region fuel distributors
  4. I was agreeing with your assessment of the scare atmosphere NavyVet. I also voted no. I was calling out the responder that posted after my original comment that I didn't research the issue and it was good for my kids that people who voted yes did research the issue. I totally agree with you observation of the atmosphere of doom and gloom!
    May 09, 2012 7:17 pm on Voters narrowly back Duneland schools tax referendum
  5. I'll correct the last line of my post before someone else does. The letter "a" should not be there.
    May 09, 2012 4:14 pm on Voters narrowly back Duneland schools tax referendum
  6. I did do research prior to voting. Called the school board and even spoke directly to them with my questions. I also attended the informational meetings. After waiting on the questions that were submitted at the discussion forum to be posted and not seeing the answers in a few days, I called the school board. Did the questions and answers ever get posted online or did the school board have to shut their mouths as soon as they filed for the referendum? I honestly didn't check back after calling and speaking directly to them about my questions. Just because I didn't vote the same way as you did or agree with your vote you automatically assume that I did not do my research. I am a former social studies teacher as well. Perhaps I did not like the answers I got from the school board or perhaps I didn't agree with the answers. Perhaps I don't agree with tax increases for any reason. I believe it is this attitude that NavyVet is talking about. If you disagree, you are uninformed or worse. Perhaps I just didn't buy into all the doom and gloom predicted. And no, I do not think it is "lucky for my children" that voters like you are all to ready to bow at the altar of taxes and vote for more. My kids know how I voted and why. I talk to my kids about political issues all the time. You might want to sit down and take a couple big breaths to process the fact that someone took their time to research the situation and actually disagreed with you. I know, it is a difficult to wrap your mind around.
    May 09, 2012 4:00 pm on Voters narrowly back Duneland schools tax referendum
  7. As a homeowner and parent of two kids in the Duneland Schools I definitely voted against this increase in my taxes. I think things need to change in school funding, but don't believe a tax increase is the answer. Things need to change when we can spend the kind of money we did on a football field, yet our school board has to come to the taxpayers for a tax increase. Why can't that money be transfered to pay teachers and what do we need to do to change that? What stops Indianapolis from looking at how much money we spend per student after the referendum and cutting our funding even more? Where will this money from the referendum be spent? I thought at some point there was mention of a committee to decide where to spend the money. I could be wrong on that though. I there any guarantee ALL of the referendum money will be used to pay teachers and staff or will some of it find it's way into the athletic fund? I was against this new tax, but you better believe I will be watching exactly where this money goes now that the school board has access to it.
    May 09, 2012 1:48 pm on Voters narrowly back Duneland schools tax referendum
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