The pleasures, perils of not having power
After a series of strong storms, I would like to thank all the hardworking workers at Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy and Comcast for working so hard to return us to the “grid.” This gratitude is not for the bloated management or the CEOs, who get bonuses and fat paychecks all the time. I’m talking about everyone who’s out there physically working and going without sleep, from the call centers to the lineman and women.
BOB GROSS, Columbia Heights
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I was without power for less than 36 hours, and I thought my life had ended. What floored me was how helpless I felt at night. I had no battery-operated radios or computer, so I felt totally isolated from everyone. My cellphone meant very little, because I didn’t really want to talk to someone while sitting in the dark. What hit me hardest was the fact that how fast I was made to feel helpless. We all need to toughen up and remember where we came from.
DAVID HALVERSON, Minneapolis
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I have to give kudos to Xcel for great work in restoring power to so many so quickly. I, however, was quite enjoying the peace and quiet of a Saturday without noise. While others in my household whined and complained about not having anything to do, I actually got a lot of the things done that I had been putting off.
Even without electricity, most of my regular weekend chores got done. The bathroom got cleaned, rooms got dusted and floors got washed. We all sat in the same room and talked. We ate by candlelight. I went to sleep without having to cover up the glow of the cable box. How nice for a change!
And then it happened. The lights came on. Within minutes the vacuum was running, and I could hear the Xbox and the television. The quiet of the day was over.
YVONNE COLEMAN, Minneapolis
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Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for party
The continuing revelations in the Michael Brodkorb/Amy Koch scandal clearly indicate that this was a problem with Minnesota Senate Republicans, and not with Senate itself.
In none of the articles, interviews or documents that have been made available is there any indication that any member of the Minnesota Senate DFL minority was consulted or advised about any aspect of this scandal, nor is there any evidence that any member of the DFL Party was consulted until after Brodkorb had been fired and Koch had resigned her position.
And yet Minnesota taxpayers have been stuck with paying more than $200,000 in legal fees, with much more still undetermined.
This is the same Republican Party that mandates that everyone should be held personally economically responsible for individual shortcomings. The Senate should deny any further payments by taxpayers to the Brodkorb case, refer any current and future billings to the state Republican Party and urge the attorney general’s office to sue the party for the legal fees paid thus far by taxpayers.
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