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Sticker Shock!

July 19, 2008

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
To the editor:

I’ve sent the following letter below to every elected federal and state representative with jurisdiction over our electoral district.

Dear Sir or Madam,

My Con Edison bill arrived today and I am in shock.

I expected an increase because of the reports of higher energy costs but the Con Edison increase is simply untenable. It is especially horrific for older Americans living on a fixed income. We are 83 and 75 years old respectively and have no possibility of increasing our limited retirement incomes.

As two old people, our lifestyle is such that we use a minimum of electricity. We do not have air conditioners; we do only 2 or 3 loads of wash a week, we are asleep by 10:00 p.m., do a minimum of cooking on an electric stove, and the only small electric appliance we use is a coffee pot and toaster. (We can’t conceive of what young families must be paying for electricity. If we, 2 older people, pay $355.00 for one month’s electricity what must young families be paying?)

We understand the need to absorb part of Con Ed’s additional costs of doing business but this excessive increase is staggering. We’ve all seen, at one time or another, the perceived abuses of 4, 5 or even more Con Ed workers standing around a particular job. One or two may be working and the others watching the work. Two or three additional trucks are often parked at the same job with workers simply sitting in the trucks “waiting.”

Please take whatever action is necessary to assure that the outrageous increase is appropriate. It borders on criminal price gouging. Perhaps it’s time for an in-depth investigation of this huge monopoly.

We’d would appreciate hearing your comments on this crisis and more to the point, what you might be able to do to alleviate the pain.

— Georgianna Grant


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