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Letters: Outrage at PUD rates

Letters: Outrage at PUD rates

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Nov. 13 Letters to the Editor

Outrage at PUD rates

I just received my electric bill Saturday and I was shocked to see how much it was, for it went from $120 to $188 to $221 in less than a year and we are on the budget plan (I am on Social Security) so the raise we will get in the coming year will be wiped out. Thank God my wife works, or we would be in deep trouble. The economy is bad here in Cowlitz County and now they raise the rates because they wanted to be greedy and invested in the wind farm thinking they would sell the power to California so now we, the customers, have to pay for their mistake. They have a surplus of electricity, so why don't they use that surplus to lower our rates? The three commissioners should give up some of their raise to help out people that cannot pay.

What happens when a large part of the population cannot pay their bill? Will they tell us, "Tough, you will have to do without?" When we make a mistake, we pay, when they make a mistake, we, as customers, pay. When and where does it stop? We have no recourse, they do not have any competition, so we are at their mercy. I wish there was a way that we, as customers, could file a class action suit against the PUD.

Anthony Currera


"Another scare publication"

The U.S. Department of Energy report is just another scare publication about carbon dioxide. It does not take a scientist to figure out that carbon emissions go up as the population increases and China grows its economy at 10 percent per year. It does, however, take a scientist to prove that carbon dioxide is the major cause of the earth's warming. This has not been done. Nearly all scientists agree that warming is happening and that carbon dioxide has some influence, however, I see more and more data coming out that indicates that Mother Earth has tricks to help control the warming.

I am not sure Prof. Richard Mueller's publication supports the assertion of a recent letter that carbon dioxide is the major cause of global warming. His last paragraph states: "Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate. How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that."

I would not invest in a burial plot just yet.

Larry Wilhelmsen


Prosecutorial priorities

I was told a few years back that our life is going to the dogs, I didn't know they meant it for real until I found out this bit of wisdom. Last year Dec. 17, 2010, my dad was struck and killed by a careless motorist while crossing a Longview street in a crosswalk. Prosecutor Sue Bauer refused to press charges against the driver because he said the sun was in his eyes and she didn't think she could find 12 people to convict him.

My family and I were furious and still are over this. Let's jump a year almost now. What's Bauer up to? Well she's taking on a case to prosecute those that were involved in killing a dog. Are you kidding me? Don't get me wrong, these punks need everything they are about to get. But on the other hand, so did that driver that hit my dad. If the jury found him not guilty that's fine, but when a prosecuting attorney tells you she's concerned that her record might be spoiled, that's when enough is enough. I hope the citizens of Cowlitz County drop her like a hot potato because she has her priorities messed up when a dog is more important that a human.

Side note to the Thomas family, I'm sorry your dog was killed. This is in no means directed at you or your dog. I love animals as much as the next person, but I loved my dad, too, and I think he should have been given his day in court.

Mike Cahill



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