Wood Stove “Mobile Apps” for Rural Poor and Elderly?
Forty percent of low-income Americans reported that they have had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past year.
Should local governments have sweeping power to change how we live–especially when those changes would hurt our neediest citizens the most?
Should a government’s decision making process be more accessible to those who are affected the most?
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is an unelected, little known, and powerful agency that has created strict and confusing regulations over wood burning, that have a great impact on low income citizens in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.
In an apparent attempt to share their draconian wood stove laws with folks who are trying hard not to freeze in their homes, PSCAA came up with some really cool mobile apps.
In simpler times, it was called the corner drug. In both small towns and urban cores, it was a lifesaver. Neighborhood pharmacists knew their customers and their idiosyncrasies, and doled out sage advice along with brown bottles.
Fifty years ago, little kids could buy penny gumballs and ride coin-operated broncos at their local drugstore. Big kids could hang out at the soda fountain and sip real cherry Cokes.
Ladies could browse tidy aisles stocked with talcum powder, hair curlers and Toni home perms. Contrite husbands could slink in and buy last-minute cologne spritzers and boxed chocolates for forgotten birthdays and anniversaries.