As I sit here in the dark (June 3), I wonder what the Cowlitz County PUD has been doing the last few years. We live with power poles and above ground lines when the rest of the state moved out of that situation in the early 20th century and has those utilities underground so power failures like this don’t happen.
In the meantime, the PUD is millions of dollars in the red as the result of poor investment decisions. While the individual employees of the PUD work hard at their various jobs, I question who is in control and who makes the decisions as to how the future will look. Those who are willing to accept the past as the present should be satisfied, but the future requires a reboot and forward thinking that seems to be absent at the top levels of management at the PUD.