First Energy's proposal should be rejected
The state Public Service Commission must decide either to approve or deny FirstEnergy's proposal to transfer its Harrison plant to Mon Power, which would result in Mon Power customers paying higher utility bills.
Alternatively, the PSC can adopt an energy-efficiency program which invests in updates to lighting, weatherization of homes and other building upgrades. Reductions in energy needs of homes consequently lead to lower monthly bills. Neighboring states have adopted energy efficiency programs and have seen the benefits.
Energy efficiency can help meet the state's energy demands and create thousands of new jobs in construction, installation, technology development and other related fields. According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, energy efficiency creates more jobs per dollar than investments in other sectors of the economy.
Why should West Virginians pay higher utility bills when we have an opportunity to lower them? There is no reason why West Virginia should be locked into paying for dirty, expensive energy when other options are available. The PSC needs to reject FirstEnergy's proposal and instead adopt an energy-efficiency program that will benefit all West Virginians.
D. Douglas Gilbert
Mistrust of government may keep you free
It was disappointing to read the letter by Bill Lepp indicating that he would allow a federal government representative, especially Joe Manchin, to legislate an infringement of any type on our right to bear and keep arms of our choice.
The second amendment is the only amendment to the Constitution which states a purpose.
The right to keep and bear arms for self-defense is described in philosophical and political writings of Aristotle, Cicero, John Locke, Machiavelli, the English Whigs and others. In countries with an English common-law tradition, a longstanding common law right to keep and bear arms has long been recognized, as pre-existing in common law, prior even to the existence of national constitutions.
In a legal context, an infringement refers to abuse of privilege, aggression, arrogation, breach, contravention, disfranchisement, dispossession or entrance upon domain of another.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Supreme Court ruled on several occasions that the second amendment did not bar state regulation of firearms, considering the second amendment to be "a limitation only upon the power of Congress and the national government and not upon that of the states."
Mistrust of government is the bedrock of patriotism and that mistrust may keep you free.