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A Marshall Plan for BGE power lines

Baltimore Gas & Electric, in response to Dan Rodricks column ("It's not astrophysics: Bury power lines," July 5), says that moving power lines underground would cost billions of dollars and is not doable. The question is whether we intend to continue bleeding our assets, in the billions, with no return.

When I lived in Europe for over 20 years, I never experienced a power outage of longer than an hour. Europeans expressed to me many times their appreciation for our Marshall Plan assistance that allowed them to renew their infrastructure, which included burying their power lines.

As our infrastructure crumbles around us, why can't we give ourselves a Marshall Plan that will add millions of jobs to the economy? We don't need power companies that have a strict bottom line to do it for us. Our government could form an organization, similar to the ones in the 1930s that put millions back to work, and hire our willing and able to restore our aging infrastructure along with burying power lines. That would revitalize our economy and give us an unprecedented future. After all, we founded the pioneer spirit!

We bailed out the scoundrels responsible for our current crisis, but their beat still goes on, so why not give ourselves that same bailout and save our country for another day? Those who support a strong and workable government to save our future should also realize that our American corporations and our political parties aren't interested in any of the above.

Robert Reynolds, Bel Air

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