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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.

Cath­er­ine Bru­netti


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

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