The news article, "'It's just tough': Small business see energy costs shrink profits," concerning higher gas prices is totally wrong. Who do you think will pay higher prices for fuel? I'm sure it won't be Mr. Bachman. He didn't keep his plumbing shop open for 38 years by absorbing all price increases himself. We as consumers will pay.
I do a lot of my own home repairs, not because I do a better job, but because I can't afford to hire someone else to do them.