Letters to the Editor for Nov. 28, 2012
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:45 p.m.
Something for the city to be proud of
Commissioner Thomas Hawkins ably and accurately put into context the benefits of GRU to the citizens of greater Gainesville in his Nov. 25 Speaking Out.
He pointed out that to the average user of electricity the rates of GRU are lower than comparative utilities, such as Progress Energy or even the city of Tallahassee. And this calculation is before the benefits of profits being returned to the citizen owner is added to the calculation.
Others have pointed out that GRU rates for major industrial type users are higher than comparable utilities. This is a decision which our city has made many years ago — to assure that every citizen has affordable electricity by charging a slightly higher rate for usage far above average.
To ameliorate these charges GRU has been one of the more aggressive utilities in offering incentives and consultations to large scale users on conservation to minimize energy costs.
In comparing bills, it's the total that counts
Thomas Hawkins' Sunday Speaking Out is an example of a politician bending the truth to suit his story.
He states that GRU's “rate” for a 870 Kwh customer is $107.78. Yes, but that's before fuel surcharges, customer fees and city taxes.
The real total amount billed would be closer to $150! A FP&L customer using the same amount of electricity would get a total bill a bit over $100.
Additionally, FP&L pays property taxes; GRU doesn't.
Let's all quit talking “rate” and use the more useful total billed! GRU is akin to a gas station that pays no property tax, charging 150 percent more per gallon than surrounding stations that pay property tax.
There is no reason for anyone but a city commissioner to be proud of GRU!
How to improve upon ‘first impressions'
The Sun's Nov. 24 editorial, “First impression,” was spot on. The visual enhancement of Southwest 13th Street as one is driving into Gainesville from south to north is much improved and good for business.
Now, hopefully, our city government will continue the enhancement by designating and allocating Community Redevelopment Area funding from Southwest 16th Avenue south to the city limit. This would benefit all the businesses along the way, including The Sun's building, plus the Kirkwood neighborhood.
Further CRA support will help finish the job of making a good “first impression” coming into our town. And thanks to the Southwest Gainesville Business Association for its hard work and investments in improving the aesthetics and security of Southwest 13th Street.
Oh get a life
In response to the Nov. 15 article about the group OwnUP protesting a statue of a heterosexual couple dancing on UF's campus I can only say: Get a life.
To claim that the very presence of this statue suggests that UF values heterosexuals over any other group is ridiculous.
God forbid (uh-oh, I said God) that a statue of a heterosexual couple should exist anywhere and offend someone's delicate sensibilities.
I bear gays and lesbians no ill will, but we have enough real issues to deal with that we don't really need to make up more as we go along.
In his letter of Nov. 25 criticizing Lee Bidgood's letter of Nov. 24, Harold Provins has addressed the subject of renewable energy for which he is clearly woefully lacking in knowledge.
He claims, incorrectly, that at the time the sun is not shining or the wind not blowing, then energy from these sources is also unavailable. There are many ways to store energy from the sun or wind to use at times when the energy is not available from these sources. Provins should read up on energy storage at some of the 28,000,000 sites available if you Google “renewable energy storage.”
Provins is also way off base on his ideas about sea level rise and threats from Obama.
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