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'Keeping the Lights On'

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Editor:

What I don't understand is this: 1) Why hasn't anyone begun a class action suit against PG&E on behalf of all the seniors who have no extra money to spend on replacement groceries, candles and the like? 2) What haven't our legislators in Sacramento passed emergency legislation to forbid PG&E from doing these blackouts? Why haven't counties in areas that have power stations (like Humboldt County) taken them over by eminent domain?

On my last point: I lived for a time in Ashland, Oregon. I experienced the cheapest electricity rates in my life at the time. Why, you might ask? The city of Ashland owns the local power station. "Oh, but that's socialism!" Well, capitalism isn't keeping the lights on, is it?

El Arseneau, Myrtletown

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