Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 23, 2006

Energy deal benefits BGE, not consumers

Well, it looks like we can take our current governor at his word - he sure is pro-business ("Rate deal reached," April 21).

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was quick to blame Democrats for the deregulation plan, even though there was plenty of blame for his party. And now he has brokered a deal that gives Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. just what it wanted.

The governor promised that the 72 percent rate increase wouldn't stand. And yet it's still there, in all of its glory.

What part of this plan is pro-consumer?

Ratepayers who opt in to the deal will still have to pay a $15 a month fee.

This is a bad deal for all Maryland ratepayers.

If this is the best plan the governor can negotiate, I say call a special session.

It is apparent that the governor isn't capable of providing what is best for Maryland ratepayers - only what is best for Constellation Energy.

I can't wait until our next governor fixes this mess.

Mike Mozelack

Parkton

Opting to vote the rascals out

Because of the state legislature's failure to act on an energy deal, Constellation Energy and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will now get an even better deal than they had before ("Rate deal reached," April 21).

In his press conference, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. tried to make it sound like he had reached a good deal for BGE customers. But it boils down to: "Pay me now, or pay me later."

I will not opt in to this deal, and I will grudgingly pay the whopping rate increase that will begin in July.

But I will not forget those whose inaction allowed this to happen.

In the Democratic primary, I will vote to oust the incumbent rascals. In November, I'll vote against every incumbent, including Mr. Ehrlich.

I hope others will do the same thing.

Ron Parsons

Arnold

Ehrlich did better than our legislators

Once again, the Democrat-controlled legislature could not conduct business effectively to resolve the issue of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s rate increase.

And now the governor provides a plan with a first-year rate increase within 2 percentage points of what the legislature had been ready to pass ("Rate deal reached," April 21).

But many people say it is not good enough. And there is much talk about a proposed special legislative session.

Come on: Our legislators couldn't do anything over a period of weeks. What's a special session going to do - except make the Democrats look like good, hard-working politicians before the coming elections?

The Democrats started this by passing the deregulation bill, and now they seem to expect BGE (and any competitors) to continue to sell power at below-market levels.

I'm not a fan of BGE, but if Maryland's consumers expect to gain a choice over their supplier of energy, it cannot happen without a rate increase.

Linda Reider

Ellicott City

Let voters decide about early voting

I found it perplexing that Maryland Democratic officials would suggest that the early-voting measures they passed were for the people, and yet they also tell voters that a referendum is inappropriate ("Early voting sparks dispute," April 19).

By definition, a referendum is a decision of the people and by the people. If the Maryland Democrats really supported the will of the people, they would support a referendum.

The truth of the matter is that they support the will of the people only when it is politically convenient.

Let's let the people decide, because it is our state, not theirs.

Bryan Shuy

Olney

No legislative fix for voters' apathy

I'm pleased to see that we are finally dealing with voters' rights in this state - a topic that no one seemed to think of addressing until a Republican won the governor's race ("Early voting sparks dispute," April 19).

But let's be realistic: You can't legislate against apathy.

Most of the folks who might benefit from early voting haven't made the effort to vote in the past and wouldn't vote if the machine were welded to their couch.

Tim Marshallsay

Baltimore

Backroom dealings dishonor the PSC

Reporter Andrew A. Green must be commended for detailing the backroom dealing and intrigue that undergirds the lawsuit in which Public Service Commission Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler sought (and won) an injunction against a proposed law that would have removed him and the other members of the PSC ("PSC chief's case raises ethics questions," April 20).

The subterfuge and deceit the article details are all the more disturbing because they are emblematic of the way current elected officials and their appointees have repeatedly betrayed the public trust.

The current members of the PSC - the majority of whom were appointed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - have been further exposed by this maneuver as having no credibility when it comes to operating in an ethical manner on behalf of the public.

A. I. Schneiderman

Baltimore

Unethical for judge to play role in case

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