‘Free’ thermostats come with price
Thank you, Westar Energy. You have proved the old adage to be true: “If it sounds too good to be true, it is” ( “Westar seeks $10 million reimbursement for program,” Aug. 4 Eagle).
For months, I’ve received offers from Westar for a “free” thermostat to lower my energy usage. Of course, not having central air conditioning meant I didn’t qualify (or need) one. However, I’m now expected to help pay for those thermostats that others received, and all those who were suckered into getting one will also pay for them.
It is absolutely no different from an Internet scam: “We’ll give you this at no charge....” I never did see any fine print on those inserts that said, “After a certain period of time, you will have to reimburse us.” The sad thing is, Westar no doubt will get what it wants.
The reason Westar continues to ask for rate increases is because, sooner or later, the “parts” of the increases it asks for and receives will equal the “whole” that it wants: at least one kidney, one arm and one leg, plus the firstborn child of each of its customers. The company can then sell these body parts and children to make even more money.
Are the members of the Kansas Corporation Commission shareholders in Westar? Or does it just seem that way?
Regarding “Developer slams city’s handling of proposals” (Aug. 2 Eagle): First let me state that I have no dog in this fight. Clark Investment Group has been negotiating with the city of Wichita since January 2011, and with what was apparently the city’s complete approval, only to have the city change the game at the last minute.
My friends and I think this places the city in a very bad light. We are not saying the city shouldn’t have rules. Just make sure everyone involved is aware of the rules from the beginning and abides by them. Do not encourage developers to invest a large amount of their time and money – and, by the way, encourage them – then change the rules. Perhaps this is why Wichita is known as a difficult city with which to do business.
BRITT M. BROWN
Friday night saw thunder, lightning and rain, but the National Baseball Congress World Series round-the-clock ballgames struggled on. Congratulations to the teams, coaches, players and fans from around the country who are in Wichita (some camped out in tents around Lawrence-Dumont Stadium) to keep up the great historic NBC tradition.
The NBC staff outdid itself this year by adding flags and banners calling out to the world that this is a “World Series” of this particular level of sports. It has made the ghosts of past NBC tournaments proud.
I don’t want to list all the old NBC baseball greats. But I recall that the great movie actress Vera Ralston Miles, graduate of North High School and resident of Wichita’s Delano neighborhood, was selected by “Hap” Dumont to be princess of the National Baseball Congress in 1948. Dumont must have had an eye for beauty, because shortly thereafter Ralston won the Miss Kansas contest and almost became Miss America before moving on to Hollywood to be leading lady with John Wayne in “The Searchers,” among many other movies.
Congratulations to all NBC participants in August 2013.
Better than pipeline
“Trains, not pipelines, channeling U.S. oil boom” (Aug. 4 Eagle) clearly defined an alternative, already in place, to the much-objected-to Keystone XL pipeline. Thou both avenues of delivering crude oil may present possible harm to heavily populated areas, in my opinion the train is apt to cause far less damage to man and the environment, as it covers far less space than a continuous pipeline covering many miles.
I did note the same edition of The Eagle reported that pipe is being stockpiled in El Dorado in anticipation of building a pipeline (Aug. 4 Business Sunday). Thank you, Eagle, for reporting both sides of the issue. It appears to me Delaware City in Delaware has used the railroad shipping method to its advantage in creating hundreds of new jobs and putting old abandoned plants to good use. It is obvious both the railroad and the city in Delaware are forward thinkers.
JUDY L. YOUNG
Many Kansans think the pendulum had swung way too far to the left during the 1960s. However, today the pendulum has swung way too far to the right.
The hatchet job the powerful right-wing conservatives want to do on government regulations in areas that affect quality of life is scary. Many right-wingers think the costs of maintaining environmental and safety controls are needless.
In the 19th century, governments began regulating some businesses because shady but powerful moguls had taken unfair advantage of the public. Too often the only real concern of many business leaders is how to make huge profits for their stockholders – public concerns be damned.
Government can be inefficient, but at least it occasionally makes an effort to protect its people from ruthless power brokers.