Letter to the editor: Smart meters, telephones?

Can anyone give a reasonable answer to this question?

For the past 1 1/2 years the price of gasoline and oil have dropped tremendously. And oil and gas companies have laid off multiple thousands of employees. With these facts in mind, why is it that in stores, the price of quarts and jugs of oil have not dropped sharply in price? Is it greed for continued high prices by the retailers padding their profits?

Every year we hear about raising more money for education and teacher pay. And for some reason, these advocates love to keep looking for an unlimited source of money to keep coming from the 24-hour, 7-days-a-week bank known as “property tax.”

Instead of wanting to keep jacking up the property taxes, why don’t these people look at this instead. When you look at the thousands of students in the school systems who are involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities (that you have to buy a ticket to attend), why not charge a $1 surcharge per ticket to help pay for teachers’ raises and other educational hoopla?

And leave our property taxes alone.

Also, throughout the area, PSO has installed these smart meter. Maybe they ought to attach these “smart” meters to themselves to see if they will get smarter. People have complained of numerous occurrences since the installation of these things. Do they have 8 or 10 years of product testing behind them? I don’t think so.

Last October when they put a smart meter on my house, it took out my house phone. With its “low level” radiation signal, it caused a crackling noise, popping, static, and at times, silence – no sound of any kind at all. Sometimes callers could hear me but I couldn’t hear them. Other times, it was vice versa.

And when I called my home phone provider, they ran a check on the outside lines and inside lines and informed me that they found nothing wrong. They were not to blame.

I told them the service was in top working order until the time this smart electric meter was attached to my home. So, after many years of having a home phone, I no longer have one, courtesy of PSO and its smart meter program.

As Donnie Osmond used to say to his sister Marie, “Cute, Marie. Real cute.”