Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.
Mr Boucher, I am a senior citizen I get social security and SSI. Last month my electric bill was 109.00, this month it is 273.00. There is no way I can pay a bill like this and eat too. Somthing has to be done. My sons bill was over 330.00. People cannot live like this. This is just going too far. AEP always waits till the coldest months to go up on their prices . I call this price gouging in the biggest way.