Rochelle Stidham

I know you are probably wondering where I have been since the first of December? I took a vacation from my column to help a sister publication in Glen Rose. Erath Publishers Inc. now publishes the Glen Rose Reporter, a weekly newspaper since 1817.

Something that has been on my mind for recently is our quality of life. If you think about it, gas consumption drives everything we do and these prices are hurting our families.

If you have a child that plays sports or are involved in other extra curricular activities, traveling to watch them play or perform takes a bite out of your cash flow. Iíve noticed that fewer parents travel with their children to out of town events, allowing their children to ride the bus.

And I donít fault them. Times are tough.

Things donít sound like theyíre going to get better anytime soon and carpooling is one way to help.

Those of you who know me know that Iím a very positive person and usually negative words are not in my vocabulary. But when I see that my gas is 15 to 20 percent higher, I tend to get a little negative. High gas prices affect everything, including the price of food.

I used to go to the grocery store and get name brand food and just put anything I wanted in the basket. Now, I monitor my food choices more closely.

With election season under way, now is the time to look to our elected officials for answers. How can they help improve our quality of life both locally and on a national level? Itís time we ask tough questions. Get to know your candidates so when you enter the voting booth, you can make informed decisions.