April 05, 2009

Re-regulation is wrong answer

Concerns about higher energy prices are real and must be addressed. But turning back the clock and re-regulating energy will not reduce electric bills for Maryland consumers ("Rush to re-regulation," April 1).

Maryland businesses have testified before legislative committees that they are saving money on electricity because they now have a choice of suppliers - a choice they would likely lose under the bills now being considered to re-regulate the energy market.

Also overlooked in the re-regulation debate is the fact that Maryland moved to a competitive model because of dissatisfaction with electric rates under the old system of regulation.

One of the arguments often used to support re-regulation is the need for new power generation. But the reason no power plants have recently been built is that it costs more to build them than to buy power in the market. Would you pay $10 for a product worth $8?

Re-regulation of electricity, which could give the Public Service Commission authority to order utilities to build new power plants, could force utilities into such uneconomical decisions, and stick consumers with the higher costs.

Maryland should continue to let consumers have choices, protect ratepayers from risk and promote investment in renewable energy and conservation.

Re-regulation is not the answer.

Gene Alessandrini, Allentown, Pa.

The writer is a senior vice president for PPL EnergyPlus, a wholesale energy supplier.

Renaming a war merits no praise

Reading the editorial on the use of the term "war on terror" ("War is over, if you want it," April 1) made me wonder where the vim and vigor are to stop the use of the term "war on drugs."

The editorial clearly states that "terrorism is a tactic, not a nation or an ideology." But it is closer to being an ideology than, say, cocaine might be.

After reading the editorial, I would suggest that The Baltimore Sun feels a constant need to pump up the rhetoric of President Barack Obama and disparage all aspects of the Bush administration.

Frank Hoffman, Parkville

The Baltimore Sun's continual, pathetic approval of everything said and done by the Obama administration is becoming tiresome at best.

To praise the administration for something so mundane as renaming the "war on terror" is just smoke and mirrors to hide the complete and total ineptness of this administration.

Gail Householder, Marriottsville

Obama restores our basic values

The excellent editorial "Education of a president" (March 26) left out a salient point: that it is truly refreshing to see our president tackling problem after problem, speaking common sense to our nation and doing his best to provide real answers that serve America's long-term national and security interests.

And it is even more refreshing that the world can now see that the real America is back, that America is trying honestly, without hubris, arrogance or incompetence, to find solutions to what seem to be insurmountable difficulties and is asking for shared sacrifices.

Fariborz S. Fatemi, McLean, Va.

The writer is a former staff member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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