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February 26, 2007

Next week's question:

Del. LeRoy Myers has introduced a bill outlawing bull genitalia, female breasts and other distasteful automotive novelties. What do you think?

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This week's question:

Allegheny Power's residential rate cap for electricity comes off in 2009. Customers can opt to phase in the increase at 15 percent a year for four years, or take a 68 percent hit in 2009. What will you do?

Your responses:

Move away and retire.




Take the hit in '09 and pay the bill. Too bad Allegheny Power still has a monopoly in this area, and now, thanks to our elected officials, we have no protection from any rate increase.

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That's great! The power company loves me since I have four kids that leave the switch in the on position! Keep raising taxes, gas and electric, and I will have to sell the house. To answer the question, I guess I would choose to take the hit over four years.




The 15 percent per year wouldn't be too bad for phase-in purposes, but for Allegheny to bank the money - I don't think so! I guess I have two more years to sell the house since Washington county has gotten out of control with taxes and the cost of living. Who can afford to live here other than the commuters?




Take 15 percent over time.




Since 17 times four equals 68, I guess I'll take the 15 percent over four years. When some people get hit with the 68 percent in 2009, I'll still be paying 30 percent more. Am I adding wrong? It seems like a no-brainer.




Take the hit. A lot can happen in two years. Why should I let them use my money when you can bet everything else is going to go up, too. Besides, what happens to my money that they are supposedly "keeping safe" for me if they go bankrupt or another CEO decides to take the money and run. No, no, not my money!




I just wish they didn't have the monopoly, and that someone else would come in and give them a run for the money. Some competition would be great. And a choice for the consumers would be outstanding!




I don't think it matters what we do. Either way we are in for huge bills. With prices rising so drastically in every direction, how are we going to afford to live? Maybe we should learn to live off-grid.




I intend to phase in the increase. It's going to cost me the same amount of money either way. Pain is easier to tolerate a little at a time.




BG&E has already stated that electricity prices won't go up as high as initially presumed. What if the increases aren't as much? Leave well enough alone for now, until they can get a more realistic picture of the increase.




I've considered solar and a biofuel generator, but like everyone else, I suppose I'll just get taken to the cleaners.

We installed an alternate-energy heat source for our home, and our electric bill went from $366 in November 2005 to $52 in November 2006. Still, we'll phase in the increase.




We'll probably take the phase-in, as long as we can be assured that if for some reason we leave the area we can get our overage refunded.




I don't understand. If they are making money and are showing a profit, why does the government allow this? It seems to me that they are ripping us off. I pity the poor people who live paycheck to paycheck.




So let me see - give money to someone and let them collect interest off of it for four years, or keep it in my bank and collect interest for four years. I'm thinking I'll keep it!




Phase in the 15 percent - it will be a lot less painful.




Well if you can't afford to live in Washington County then you all should move. It seems not many people conserve much of anything here, especially gas. Everyone is in a hurry to complain but not one of you that complains will slow down to smell the roses. If a price increase is coming it's because you did not conserve enough to stop the price increase. You all are greedy just like the power companies. I don't mind paying the increase if the service will stay the same or get better. Who else will climb the poles in bad weather to make sure we have power? Those folks are hard workers.




Those who live paycheck to paycheck need to get a better education so they can get a better job that pays better. Times have changed and so should you.




There is no way I can take a 68 percent increase, so will have to phase it in. I am disappointed in the politicians who deregulated electricity so there would be competition and our prices would supposedly go down - and now we find that they will go up much more than if they had not deregulated.

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