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aservant

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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:10:18 AM

A proposed California gas tax would increase the price you pay at the pump, but a local charity isn't putting on the brakes.

The California State Board of Equalization approved a 3.5 cent increase last week.

Local organizations like Five Cities Meals On Wheels are feeling the pressure.

Volunteers like Gloria Hazell deliver hundreds of meals every week in the Five Cities area.

Volunteers drive hundreds of miles using their own cars and money, but gas isn't cheap.

"It wouldn't stop me, but I think about it," said Hazell.

Meals On Wheels in Pismo Beach is only funded with private donations, so it becomes more of a challenge when the cost of delivering meals jumps.

"It's hard on all of us, but I think there must be some volunteers that it's really difficult," said H
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:17:52 AM

Glad they aren't letting the price of gas stop them!!!
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SVmike
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:16:19 PM

my spouse drives for MOW once a week...it is about 30 miles. In her Prius this is about .6 gal, so the 3.5 cent tax is an extra 2 cents per week
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me_am
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:58:12 AM

Sometime the benefits and the knowing that you are helping someone in need outweighs anything else! Kuddos to all those that volunteer!!
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sljbc475
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:45:58 AM

Volunteers to the rescue.
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jwalkerh
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:18:03 AM

Hats of to those volunteers!
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:02:30 AM

I like the idea of donating gas cards to Meals on Wheels. My current work does not give me time to prepare or to deliver meals, but I can find some money to contribute a gas card. In addition, when I buy the gas card from a local high school, it will do double good when the high school gets a charitable contribution from the gas company. :)
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:57:41 AM

Charitable donation deductions aren't available to everybody. Some donate anyhow. Years ago I had some awesome experiences volunteering for Meals on Wheels. It gave me the opportunity to get to know some people that I never would have met otherwise. It gave them some face time to chat with someone. Some of my children have also donated time preparing meals. Good experience for them as they interacted with adults while they were still teenagers.

Everything isn't about money. Volunteers will still find a way to volunteer.
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:18:16 AM

I'm one of those do gooders who volunteer time and fuel for Meals on Wheels. Fuel prices could double, and I'd still volunteer--I'd just have to cut my fuel budget elsewhere. In Canada, that sort of thing is not an income tax deductible expense. Actually donating money to M on W (which I also do) IS a charitable deduction both in the US and Canada. So, if you can't do it, donate.



[Edited by: orphancarguyPE at 3/7/2013 8:23:21 AM EST]
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AVKZ
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:07:06 AM

As gas goes higher, it will affect more decisions.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:52:44 AM

Very commendable. But tougher days are ahead for everyone in that state, including nice people like Gloria.
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58salty
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:33:36 AM

It's people like this that make America great. Americans have always helped each other.
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335d1
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:06:14 AM

Good for them!
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mandoid
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:25:38 AM

good for them, but am so glad i don't live in CA
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:13:15 AM

Can't give these people enough credit, with those gas prices.
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millerin
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:05:13 AM

blessed people
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farmboyTN
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 5:19:34 AM

Good job. The American spirit at work.
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pscamp
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 5:06:37 AM

Good!
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CarefulDriver
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 4:27:30 AM

interesting.
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:57:37 AM

Can't feel sorry for California people, they voted for tax increases and those socialist
Politicians. But I salute the volunteers for their sacrifice. A job well done!
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:54:06 AM

As to why some folks prefer the SF area, about 7M, to Topeka, about 1/8thM, I guess the numbers provide a clue. Not that nice weather year round is required to enjoy life, but it does help.
Kudos to the volunteers and we see the same support here.
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:53:33 AM

Senior Serve Si Si
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:39:28 AM

On Mar 7, 2013 1:11:59 AM, bobdec wrote:

>Their gas should be paid for

Well, stop pontificating and cut Meals On Wheels a check. They could put it to good use.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 3/7/2013 3:41:39 AM EST]
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vulcan96
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:30:07 AM

bless the volunteers...
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APlus
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:16:25 AM

Why and where does the CA increased 3.5 cent increase go? How can the general public require a ballot vote before government officials new higher taxes which are pushed on to the consumer? Why will not most government agencies cut down on waste, conferences out of town, fraud, etc first?
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:04:56 AM

It costs more for everybody. And everybody will adjust one way or the other.
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Retowered
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:50:37 AM

Thank the volunteers for delivering Meals On Wheels. Good job.
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tobin2010
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:46:58 AM

It would stop me. I would not live in that state. I would have left years ago. I don't understand people. HOW CAN YOU LIVE IN THAT STATE!!!!
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DisMusBeDaPlaz
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:43:55 AM

Being a volunteer does not prevent you from the tax deductions you are entitled to take when filing your income taxes....it is tax deductible under "Charitable Contributions".
The dollar amount for the gas can be deductible (cash), and seperate the miles you put on the vehicle for mileage deductions.
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E350
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:43:33 AM

Where does the 3.5 cents go?
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SnickersDog
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:42:09 AM

Okay.
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Rooster922
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:37:50 AM

Volunteer's drives by personal satisfaction of accomplishment not gas price.
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No1ConMan
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:34:17 AM

God bless them!
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LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:26:10 AM

tax deduction for mileage offsets some costs
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UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:25:28 AM


Good people.
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granitestater
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:19:35 AM

Just when you think the pump price should go down. The legislature increases the gas tax fifteen cents. Goodbye, cheap gas...
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goldrose1
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:14:50 AM

Economy slump cut my volunteering couple years ago.
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nurdco
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:14:28 AM

Challenging efficienct driving routes...
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bobdec
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:11:59 AM

Their gas should be paid for
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veemotors
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:11:24 AM

god bless the volunteers
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moregas1966
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:09:09 AM

it would stop me
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carloco75
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:08:23 AM

They are a better persons than i...
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sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:07:26 AM

Gas cards from the community would provide a measure of relief to volunteers who have been feeling the pinch due to rising gas prices.
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ican2step
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:02:25 AM

Doesn't seem right.
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RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:58:55 AM

Sorry California but you get what you vote for.
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VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:57:51 AM

Thank you to all volunteers.
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Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:54:45 AM

As if gas wasn't already expensive enough...
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GAS1251
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:53:15 AM

It slows all of us down.
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honkerman
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:52:02 AM

Energy is expensive, no matter what the purpose of using it is.
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tml721
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:49:59 AM

yea like those who work in the white house??
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gmcgas
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:49:36 AM

glad they can keep helping.
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