Open eyes on utility costs
With no real thought of waging war on a hopeless endeavor, the utility-paying public should be asking some questions about “Fee to Build Phantom Nuke Waste Site Ends” (May 16).
Until today, I — like most — have blindly been paying the electric bill only taking note of the amount due and due date.
We have been paying a fee that funded a nuclear waste site that never existed except in the minds of the imagined toxic waste thinkers.
It seems that not only is the waste site a phantom but disclosure of the fee itself is also abstract and equally elusive.
I propose that the utility companies take full responsibility for this and refund everyone from the date of inception of this outrageous fee, even if the charge was only $2 a year.
Giant Eagle is a fine neighbor
There is an advertising battle being waged by Walmart targeting Giant Eagle. The ads state the average Giant Eagle shopper will save approximately $23 on every major shopping trip if they were to come to Walmart. The question not posed is: Why?
The answer is an economic and moral one. For many of their employees, Giant Eagle has chosen to pay a family-sustaining wage while Walmart pays many of their workers poverty-level wages. In short, Giant Eagle has chosen in many respects to be a good corporate neighbor.
As a faith-based organization, we believe all workers — whether represented by a union or not — should be paid wages that, at a minimum, allow them to provide the basic needs of their families without reliance on the public safety net.
We strongly encourage Giant Eagle to continue to strive to be the good corporate neighbor it has been and not give into the tendency of balancing profitability solely on the backs of our friends and neighbors. Additionally, we encourage each individual to shop at organizations such as Giant Eagle that better reflect our neighborly values.
Rev. Richard L. Freeman Sr.
President, The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network