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    Posted February 28, 2012 by
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    High Gas Prices Doesn’t Affect Everyone


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mediaman shared these photos of Amish country in Harmony, Wisconsin, juxtaposed with photos from a gas station in Chaseburg, on February 25.
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    In rural western Wisconsin an Amish community doesn’t seem to worry too much about high gas prices. For them, having reliable horse drawn transportation suits them just fine. Ruben Miller, an Amish resident in Harmony County (who wished not be photographed) said, “We heard about the gas shortage overseas, but it really doesn’t bother us very much.”

    Ruben laughed when he heard the story of a group of Amish going through a local McDonald’s earlier this summer. Miller said, “Ya, I know those guys,” he said as he flashed a huge grin. “They are my cousins.” The photograph caught his cousins going through the drive thru for some soft serve ice cream.

    Through this year’s mild winter in Wisconsin, the Amish community can be seen traveling down the county highways with an assortment horse-powered wagons and carriages. For them, the high gas prices are for others to deal with.

    Several miles away in Chaseburg, a small rural gas station had unleaded gas price pegged at $3.66 per gallon. A few miles east, a resident from Viroqua was pumping gas at $3.59. At the pump was Jay Hoffman who commutes to Richland Center every day, a 75 mile trip. When asked how he felt about the high gas prices, Hoffman said, “We’ve dealt with high gas prices before, and we’ll just have to deal with it again. We just have to cut down on buying some things.”
    For many residents across the country, higher gas prices is just the cost of they have to endure. Perhaps people will have to just buy less of something else. That is of course if you’re not Ruben Miller- who seems to be getting along just fine.
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