Are You Better Off Now Than You Were A Year Ago?

How are you coping in these economic times?

Last week we conducted and 56 percent said this quarter (Jan.-March) was better than the same quarter last year. And more than 69 percent of the 82 business owners that answered the survey said they expect business will be better in the next 12 months.

We now want to know how our other Patch readers are faring in this economy.

Please let us know by answering these four questions:

Brian October 04, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Coal. That is a good one too. Do you even know what the latest is in coal mining? Obviously not. Mountaintop removal is. And that is what MITT supports. Mining companies clear-cut forests and then blow the tops off mountains to get the coal. They then dump millions of tons of waste into the valleys below — permanently burying streams, poisoning drinking water, and increasing the risk of flooding. But who needs clean air and water. Let's not even get into the health effects of your so called alternative energy coal. But I forgot you want to drill and frack for natural gas in your backyard. Silly me.
Brian October 04, 2012 at 02:54 AM
But hey, keep throwing that misleading stat of higher gasoline prices and blaming it on the President out there. Like a good politician, you keep repeating yourself and someone is likely to believe you.
Ron Powell October 04, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Brian, I'm going to guess that you drive car with a gasoline engine and live in a house that is heated by an oil or gas fired burner.
Anne Sweeney October 04, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Jerry Williams once said, "never re-elect the incumbent" Wise words. I can't believe the above pole results, and the town dares to ask for more money. Why doesn't the town come up with some ideas on how to make money rather than how to spend it ?
Brian October 05, 2012 at 01:46 AM
One thing I've learned Mr. V is that you shouldn't believe the hot air that comes from your savior. Your assumption that Mitts 1/2 the companies have failed is wrong http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/politics/fact-check-green-energy/index.html?hpt=hp_t2 But hey like I've said before. Keep on throwing it against the wall and some gullible person will believe you. What's Mitt's plan? Thats right, returning to 19th century fossil fuels. Good plan for BIG OIL but not America.
Brian October 05, 2012 at 11:11 AM
And to imagine that I even have electricity and plumbing too.
Bob October 05, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Brian, the price went up and quickly came down prior to Obama. We have had $3+ gas for more than 3 years! I remember also when it did go up under Bush it was his fault because he was an oil guy. Now the President has nothing to do with the price of oil which is wrong. He can't control it completely but he can have an impact with his policies.
windpower October 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
All these comments ,and the poll data . Yet Salem wants to end run prop 2 1/2 with another tax ... the CPA . Shameful that cpa advocates were in the parade as was Salem Wind advocates
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
If all you can latch onto is the 1/2 quote then you really have nothing, just like the "green energy" running your house, car, ... NOTHING. The full quote is below. He said that “these businesses, many of them have gone out of business, I think about half of them, of the ones have been invested in have gone out of business,“a number of them happened to be owned by people who were contributors to your campaigns.” Romney forgot to mention Beacon Power and Abound Solar.
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Forget Bain — Obama’s public-equity record is the real scandal http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/forget-bain-obamas-public-equity-record-is-the-real-scandal/2012/05/24/gJQAXnXCnU_story.html
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Beacon Power bankrupt; had U.S. backing like Solyndra http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/31/us-beaconpower-bankruptcy-idUSTRE79T39320111031
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Green Jobs Gone Bust Obama’s green investments drown in red ink. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/309936/green-jobs-gone-bust-deroy-murdock
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Maybe the 1/2 comment was measured in a different way than 1/2 of the $90 billion, I do not know. What is clear: 1) the federal government should not be handing out $ to it's friends 2) all the green jobs promises have not materialized (like most of Mr 0 promises both financial and promises totally under his control, transparency, bringing both sides together, ...) 3) Mr 0 has failed at all levels and was scolded for it the other night ;)
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
get on board or get run over http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesinsights/2012/04/18/u-s-energy-independence-in-15-years/ A true leader takes all this information and formulates an energy policy based in REALITY, if the technology does not produce usable energy then it remains in the lab until it does and it is cost effective, until then the PROVEN resources get priority.
Bob October 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
So it's "misleading" for you when we state the fact that gas is 100% higher today than when Obama took office? Or is it "misleading" for you when we say, the Presidents policies have an affect on gas prices? Both are true. Look at the value of the dollar as the Fed continues to print money! You think that has no affect on prices of everything? Where do we get most of our oil? Canada! The Canadian dollar is now $1.02 American. Not too long ago it was $1.18 Canadian for $1 US.
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 04:52 PM
"keep repeating " -> Like Mr 0? He got scolded for that the other night. Mr 0's MO: - no record to run on - put words in Mitt's mouth - keep repeating that Mitt lies, killed a mans wife, is a felon due to lies reporting on Bain - wants to kill Big Bird, ... BUT REALITY: - Mr 0 did not get away with any of it in a face to face debate - the 5 trillion $ tax cut over 10 years is a total fabrication by Mr 0, do some research - Mitt had training with his 5 boys so Mr 0 had no place to hid the other night ;)
Brian October 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Let me get this straight. You are saying solar and wind do "not produce usable energy" so "then it remains in the lab until it does and it is cost effective"? And because it is not a proven alternative energy sources we should not invest in them? "Until then the PROVEN resources get priority" - meaning dirty oil and natural gas? "the federal government should not be handing out $ to it's friends" but yet you want to elect someone who's friends are BIG OIL making record profits who will keep giving them $? If that is your platfrom then vote for Mitt because that's the shoe that fits. I got news for you. Incase "you" haven't noticed, a majority of country is moving towards "green" energy resources, renewable energy and energy savings. But if you want to remain with the old and your "proven" energy sources, you too may become a dinosaur. Wait, wait did you just comment my "car, home,.....all still run on dirty/cheap gasoline"? But yet you are complaining about the cost of gasoline! HAHAHAHA. I'm surprised you didn't say "clean". Mitt: "Yes let's invest only in proven energy resources like coal, oil and natural gas because clean air, water and a persons health are not important" Investing in proven clean alternative energy resources are not a failed policy in my opinion.
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
yup, pass me a glass of dirty water while you are at it.
Vincent DiRico October 05, 2012 at 06:17 PM
OBAMA-phone! ;)
Brian October 06, 2012 at 03:52 AM
That's all you got? You claim to say you care about where your tax money goes? All while Romney continues to endorse proposals that maintain billions in handouts from the American taxpayer to oil executives like his adviser Hamm, he refuses to support tax credits for the growing clean energy industry, which provides thousands to workers around the country, without the costs to public health and the environment. Take a look at the Ryan budget Romney supports. You look at the stat of $1.85 and say "It's Mr 0's fault" But you really didn't do any research as to why except to blame the current President. Did you blame the last President too when the prices rose? My guess is not. You probably placed the blame on the Middle East. Put this in your "stats" Romney supports Ryan’s proposed FY 2013 budget resolution which would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion to BIG OIL ExxonMobil paid an effective federal tax rate of 18 percent in 2010. The average family’s effective federal rate is 21 percent. The FY 2013 budget proposal includes cuts in energy programs. And it explicitly calls for ending investments in programs that promote emerging technologies. PWND
Vincent DiRico October 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
You don't listen/learn, so ya that is all I got, you spout dem talking points as if Mr 0 was not in office for the past 4 years, ... your quarter is up.
Brian October 06, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Thats what I thought. Same old GOP rhetoric that has now reduced to name calling again for the Presidents energy policies. Fact is I do LISTEN to intellect sources about the world we live in. Some people just need to stop living in their own bubble and think about the greater picture. You can't see the future because of all that smog from your "proven" energy resources. In case you haven't noticed outside your bubble, the consequences of "your proven energy resources" six of the last eight years were the hottest on record. Polar ice and glaciers are disappearing, sea levels are rising, coral reefs are suffering, plant and animal species are disappearing. And the wilderness areas and wildlife that prior presidents have worked so effectively to protect for more than a century are being threatened and lost. So what I have LEARNED is that energy polices like the one that Romney supports is not one that I would support. You did say you were willing to "frack" for natural gas in your backyard didn't you? You would then have your dirty water. You might even be able to have it as your flaming shot.
Ron Powell October 06, 2012 at 05:17 AM
It's a lot easier to talk about what other people ought to do, isn't it Brian? It's a lot harder to do it yourself. And this is the problem that I have with the self-contradicting Left. I drive an electric car and I live in a solar powered house; you live in a house that is almost certainly powered in part by the coal obtained from mountaintop removal, and you are driving your gas-powered car. So which is worse? Defending coal, or pretending to oppose it while being part of the very system that perpetuates the problem? I don't mean to single you out, Brian. I once knew a co-worker at a bank, let's call him Marty. He, too, spoke volubly about how evil Republicans are because they are rich and destroying the environment. Said Marty, living in an energy wasting house, driving a gas-guzzling SUV, working for a bank that has cheated millions from the middle class over the years. In short, a fake, a fraud, a pretender. Just like you. And this is the problem that I have with the Left. It moralizes about what is right, but it is really just a masquerade for statism. It has no intention of living by what it professes, and it really just wants to get someone to get someone else to live by an ideal that itself is not prepared to live by.
Steve Douglass October 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I am definitely NOT better off than I was 4 years ago. I do agree that Bush made of mess of things his last 4 years, but Obama has blamed Bush long enough. I didn’t vote for O the last election and definitely will not be voting for his this time. I am a middle-class independent\conservative and have voted republican since the Reagan years with the exception of Clinton for a 2nd term. I Vote the Person not the Party. Do hard working people need a safety net?…Yes. But unlike the old America when people worked hard to get back to work, too many people are satisfied sitting back and collecting. If Obama is re-elected this will continue and we will never recover. There has to be some incentives for companies to hire and for people who want to go back to work, to be able to do so. I think Romney will do both. Is Romney the answer? Don’t know, but I do know, Obama is not! Obama is trying to win the election by portraying people that disagree with his policies are racist; and the worst of it is, people are buying into that? He is also creating class warfare by referring to the “millionaires & billionaires” as if they were evil. Yes, Romney is a millionaire but so is Obama! If people want a change in president you can’t sit back and not vote! Yes, we are busy and working all day but I’m sure a few minutes can be found to make it to the polls. I can guarantee you that the Obama supporters will make it out to vote.
Brian October 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
It is too bad Ron that unfortunately you make assumptions about a person you don't know. Because if you did you wouldn't have said that I masquerade. I commend you for driving an electric car such as our family and living in a solar powered house. I agree that one should practice what they preach. I also think that one shouldn't necessarily make assumptions about someone they don't know.
Vincent DiRico October 06, 2012 at 02:00 PM
and the altitude caused Mr 0 to look like a buffoon at the first debate, Al, Al, is that you?
Paul Tress October 06, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Get used to being not better off for a long time. We have lived high off the hog for too long in personal and Government debt, with an economically unsustainable level of Government services at all levels. Wait until double digit inflation hits all in about 40 months, regardless of who gets elected. The current economic strategies from both sides, be it trickle down or Laffer curve or stimuli are irrelevant and bound to fail in our world wide, 24/7 economy. It will take one generation, about 30 years, until the average standard of living improves for at least 80% of the populace. So make sure your belt has additional notches.
kerstin locherie October 08, 2012 at 04:40 AM
What E. W. Jackson says about Barack Obama's Hypocrisy ! http://youtu.be/Oi_KaZ53eDg
Brian October 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
and one more thing Mr. Ron since I didn't get to finish the other day. You assume too much. Calling me a fraud, a fake a pretender. Yes my home may not be solar powered like yours but I do pay REC's. Maybe you have never heard of the program. Of all people to pass judgment on someone. Not directed at you but it is too bad that many Republicans pretend to care about the environment in which we live in. When we know for a fact that actions speak louder than words.
David Pollina October 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
yes can't wait to get Obama reelected and remove the obstructionists from congress so the countries work can get done instead of blocked at every turn by the minority.


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