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BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | February 27, 2002
The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $6,500 to join a regional electricity transmission organization that will oversee the flow of electricity across high-voltage wires, City Light Department Manager Terry Weaver said. The cost could raise customers' bills by less than a few cents, if at all, Weaver said. The city will join PJM Interconnection, he said. This service was previously done by Allegheny Energy. But as part of the federal deregulation process, Allegheny Energy is required to join a regional transmission organization, such as PJM, Weaver said.
by TAMELA BAKER | September 16, 2006
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich responded to a number of questions from members of the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce during a Friday luncheon. Topics ranged from budget considerations to the Baltimore Ravens and included: · Transportation - Asked whether state resources were available for the proposed "Southern Boulevard" that would connect Edgewood Drive to Frederick Street, Ehrlich said, "You say it, and that will be the priority" for the state's contribution to county transportation projects.
September 1, 2000
Pennsylvania power Folks worried that California's summertime shortage of power - and the high prices consumers were forced to pay for it - will soon face Pennsylvania residents should stop worrying, according to officials of the state's Public Utility Commission. PUC officials told a group attending a hearing on the reliability of the state's electric supply that California's problems were a result of unique conditions there. Perhaps they are, but given that these two states were among the first to deregulate the sale of electric power, a look at what happened there might prevent California's problems from coming east.
June 23, 2006
Lawmakers should revisit regulation To the editor: There was a very bad mistake made a few years ago when electricity was deregulated. In our area, we have seen the disappearance of Potomac Edison, which provided many good, well-paying jobs. We have also seen the loss of Eastalco Aluminum Co. with all its well-paying jobs and all the business that Eastalco gave to other companies in the area. I don't believe either of these things would have happened if there had been no deregulation.
By ALLAN POWELL | February 24, 2012
In his column, “ Do We Want Good Laws or Laws That Seem Good ?” (Jan. 25), Tom Firey writes, “Regardless of the reason, the empirical evidence indicates that, at best, cellphone bans do not improve roadway safety and, at worst, they produce more accidents. Policy makers who want to help the public should oppose the laws and work to repeal ones already in place.” Since this line of thought seemed counterintuitive (and indeed dangerous), I called several officials in law enforcement to get their reactions to the claim.
By ALLAN POWELL | April 15, 2011
On Oct. 15, 1982, President Reagan beamed as his audience of 200 guests happily chatted in anticipation in the Rose Garden. The president was about to sign the Garn-St. Germain Act that deregulated the savings and loan banks. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Reagan unwittingly made a profound utterance: “All in all, I think we hit the jackpot.” This gambling term is a symbolically accurate characterization of what followed. The savings and loan debacle ended in the ruin of more than 500 federally insured S&Ls and the near death of another 500. In 1989, the elder President Bush presented a plan to close all insolvent S&L firms at an estimated cost of $206 billion.
by TIM ROWLAND | December 21, 2006
Memo to Allegheny Energy: If you want people to show up at your public hearing, jack up the price of electricity first and THEN ask for public comment. Only about 20 customers wandered in last week during a two-hour open house to discuss pending electricity rate hikes, a surprisingly small number when you consider how much rates are likely to escalate in 2008 under deregulation law. I know you don't live here anymore, but you see, Allegheny, we're kind of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind bunch.
By BOB MAGINNIS | April 1, 2007
Today is April Fool's Day and it occurred to me it might be amusing to have some fun at local and state newsmakers' expense by imagining them saying things that they might never ordinarily say. To make sure all readers understand, the following quotes are made up, by me, just for laughs. Washington County Commissioner William Wivell: "Well, it's not in the budget, but let's approve it anyway because every now and then you've got to splurge, right?" Washington County Commissioner James Kercheval: "You know, I think you've got me convinced it is unfair to keep subsidizing county residents' sewer rates with tax money we've collected from Hagerstown residents.
November 5, 2008
"The last check box on the presidential election ballot should be 'None of the above. Start over.'" "Remember President Ronald Reagan, who first promised to 'deregulate' and 'get government off our backs'? Reagan pushed for deregulation of airlines, and now most of them are going bankrupt. The deregulation and crash of savings and loans, with ensuing taxpayer bailout, happened on his watch. President Bush appointed the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who ignored most of the shenanigans on Wall Street.
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