Keep distribution system
We've recently been made aware that we have been paying more than is required to provide our electric power.
I have what I feel is a reasonable plan in that regard.
Rather than turning money over to the city to conduct more studies, build tunnels under the highway and build wading pools, let's use it to maintain and rebuild the distribution system of our power company.
We have an obvious need, as demonstrated by falling and deteriorating lines causing a short blackout on the east side of the city recently.
We have the money to do the project, so no grant or stimulus money (someone else's money) need be requested.
Our power company has the know-how and the equipment to do the project.
A few local workers could be hired for the job.
The best part would be the benefits accrued to the folks who have already paid for it.
How much more shovel-ready could we get?
Let's not go down the road of neglect as in the case with our dams.
The Boardman River still flows, but dams are no longer helping to satisfy our ever-increasing demand for electric power.
Richard P. Purvis
A dangerous perception
Mr. Cathcart's letter in the Feb. 12 Record-Eagle glorifying the top 1 percent reinforces the historically dangerous perception that they are the ones most qualified to lead the nation, and that the balance of our citizenry, the "unwashed masses who demand equality and fairness," are here primarily to provide the necessary labor and cheap cannon fodder the elite's government requires.
Mr. Cathcart is correct about one thing; the November election will be one of the most important in our country's history.
Warren K. Kruger