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3/13/08-Bullard

Rising Gas Prices Taking Emotional Toll On One East Texas Man

"With the little income I'm getting, and with the truck, I don't know how to explain it."

Like most East Texans, Gaylen McEachern could not seem to find a reason for the pain he feels at the pump--a pinch that's now, even more painful because Gaylen has to fill a pretty big tank.  "My dad had it.  He bought it in 2005, and after he died, I got the truck," he said. 

Now he's grappling with a painful decision, thinking about selling the truck his father left for him.  "He wanted me to get a good vehicle.  I didn't realize the thing was a gas guzzler."

To make matters worse, Gaylen lives on a fixed income.  "I have epileptic seizures which does keep me from working sometimes," he said.  He said he receives some government assistance for his disability, but after purchasing his medication, there's not a lot of money left to go around.  "We got the electricity, we got the phone, we got the satellite, and now we're thinking, since gas prices and everything else is going up, we're going to have to get rid of the satellite."  He also said he's down to just a little bit of food.  "A wiener, bread, and crackers."

The little matter of the big pick-up with the big tank is now an even bigger problem.  "With these gas prices and everything going up, it's just making everything else hard.  I might end up having to sell that truck to get a little bit of extra money."

"I'm going to have to cut out a whole lot and just learn to live with it," he said--cutting the losses to keep the pain at the pump from getting too painful.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com

 

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