The distance from Rosa Golden’s home in Bluejacket to the Claremore Veterans Center, where her husband lives in the Alzheimer’s unit, is about 50 miles.

It’s a trip she doesn’t make as often now that gasoline is approaching $4 a gallon.

“That’s a hardship for him and for me,” Golden said. “But I can’t afford to do it. That’s part of life, I guess.”

Golden isn’t alone.

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