3:00 PM EDT, July 23, 2012
I live in northern Baltimore and was without electricity for a week after the recent storm. Our neighborhood looked like a war zone, with trees and power lines down on almost every street. But not once did I or my neighbors get mad at BGE because we realized the scope of destruction caused by the derecho and what a mammoth job the cleanup was going to be.
Now the politicians are puffing up their chests and damning BGE to make it look like they are doing something. The dialogue has become an either-or discussion about whether or not to put power lines underground, which would cost a fortune. And who would pay for it? We, the customers, that's who.
It seems that nobody is talking about another alternative, which is to replace the flimsy wooden power line poles with ones of steel or reinforced concrete, and replace the cables that run between them with stronger ones.
Why isn't there a map showing the most vulnerable places for power lines and a strategy for figuring out which lines need to be put underground, which need reinforced poles and cables and which ones are fine to leave as is?
How about some common sense for a change?
Christopher Winslow, Baltimore
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