Letters To The Editor


March 12, 2006

Democrats' rate cap caused current ills

In July, when Maryland voters start feeling the pain of suddenly much higher electricity bills, they're going to look for someone to blame ("Rate phase-in on table," March 9). They need look no further than the Democrat-controlled General Assembly and the Democratic administration of former Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

Mr. Glendening and the Assembly bought into the idea that power companies would come calling to compete with Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. when they imposed the cap on electricity rates in 1999.

It never happened, and now the bill is coming due as the long-term contracts expire and BGE is forced into the open market to bid for power.

I have no doubt that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael E. Busch and their Democratic muldoons will twist and turn this thing around to try to blame Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

But the finger points straight at the Democrats who have ruled Maryland for too long.

They tried to pull a fast one six years ago to look good for holding down electricity rates, long before Mr. Ehrlich became governor.

Inevitably, however, the piper must be paid, and he is now going to claim the six years of back wages that he is owed.

Robert A. Erlandson


Freeze only put off inevitable hikes

The "rate caps" on the price of electricity have not saved BGE customers "more than $1 billion," as The Sun claimed they have ("BGE bill to increase $743," March 8).

Regulating the economy does nothing more than delay the day of reckoning.

I would have much preferred to pay $100 a year in utility price increases in recent years than to pay a whopping $743 now.

Legislators can help their constituents by keeping out of the way of supply and demand.

Manfred Smith


Governor fiddled as electricity burned

I hate to say it, but I am unwilling to blame Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. for the increases Marylanders face in their electric bills ("BGE bill to increase $743," March 8). What we should all be asking now is: What have those in Annapolis been doing for the past seven years since deregulation in Maryland became law?

One would think that we would have learned a lesson from record gasoline prices and heating bills this winter.

This should have foreshadowed the gloomy prospect that electricity price increases would come next.

But while our governor and his supporters have been arguing over slots and gambling, the real issues have been left on the back burner - and now senior citizens, hardworking middle-class families, single mothers and the rest of the Maryland population will be struck with yet another energy blow this summer.

We need those who will commit to real change and real solutions put into office, not those who pretend to represent us and leave us vying for real relief.

Dom Cirincione


Lawmakers must act to protect the public

I urge every Marylander to vote out of office this fall all state lawmakers who refuse to support legislation that will stop this rate increase ("BGE bill to increase $743," March 8).

Now is the time our politicians should show us who they truly work for, and assist all Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers.

Jay M. Slater


Appoint prosecutor for spying scandal

The article "Probe of spying blocked" (March 8) demonstrates that the Republican majority on the Senate Intelligence Committee has put retaining political power ahead of protecting our democracy and the rule of law.

We have a credible accusation that the president is directing illegal activities out of the Oval Office. But rather than investigate to determine the extent of the illegal warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency, Republican senators cut a deal with the White House to block oversight.

All members of the Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution.

If they refuse to do their oversight duty, it is time to call for a special prosecutor to investigate the president.

Richard L. Ottenheimer


Dwyer right to hold judge accountable

Concerning the impeachment of Baltimore Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock, the real issue is lost in the controversy over homosexual marriage. The most important issue here concerns the fundamentals of the system of government that our country and our state were founded upon ("Delegates protest bid to oust judge," March 8).

Our forefathers had the insight to provide checks and balances for each branch of government, but the judicial branch seems to be able to do as it sees fit. However, if an activist judge decides to legislate from the bench, he or she should be held accountable.

Judge Murdock has overstepped her constitutional powers by issuing a judgment that overturns Maryland constitutional law.

The legislature is the only power that can hold the judicial branch accountable. The majority of Marylanders realize this and want the courts held within their constitutional powers.

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