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“PPL electric prices set to rise | Businesses and homeowners … will see higher prices starting June 1.”

In Everyday Living, Lists, Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

14.17% rate hike

Central Penn Business Journal announces that “Businesses and homeowners who stick with PPL Electric Utilities as their power company will see higher prices starting June 1.

“The Allentown-based utility is raising its so-called price to compare, which is the price paid by PPL customers who do not select alternative energy suppliers.

“The increase, which affects both small businesses and homeowners, takes effect June 1 and lasts through Dec. 1.”

ppl ratesClick on the graphic to enlarge.

… and

Up river, a water company is looking for a double-digit rate increase too.

… and

“Pa. tax hole worsens in April | Officials: May collections should ease the pain”

… and who do you suppose is going to pay for all these increases and governmental screw-ups?


“The Republican Plan to Nuke the Internet” – Time Goes By

In Government, Opinions, Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 at 8:34 am

net neutrality

The Republican Plan to Nuke the Internet” 

by Ronni Bennett – Time Goes By | What It’s Really Like to Get Old

[I copied that headline from vanityfair.com because I’m lousy at headlines and “net neutrality” – which is what this is about – sounds boring. But it’s important and depending on what happens, it could ruin your internet experience while also costing you more money for access.]

Today’s news – Tuesday, May 2, 2017

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 at 6:08 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … “The Department of Revenue said Monday that April’s tax collections came in at $537 million, or 13 percent, below expectations.”USNews.com

A second quote … “So it goes: governance without openness in a state with futile fiscal management.”Philly.com columnist in this opinion column.

  • And this from a commenter to the Sunday grates & weeds piece: “Regarding the tree grates: The shade tree commission did not want them, but some members reluctantly gave in. We had tree grates before and they did not work out that is why they were removed. The sidewalks here are not wide enough to properly accommodate the trees let alone grates and bricks. Every street has sidewalks that are lifting up due to tree roots. They present a tripping hazard and are difficult for those using wheelchairs to maneuver. Since we now have the tree grates, they must be maintained and that means trash removal including cigarette butts. Over this past weekend I saw trash sticking up out of the top of cans on Locust Street. The Mayor said last year that they were going to catch those that are tossing household trash in the containers. What does this look like to those visiting Columbia? Over in the small parking lot at North Fourth and Walnut Streets, there are very large piles of dog feces on a daily basis. Why pay $65,000 a year for a consultant to help with our ‘streetscape’ when the basics like trash removal and feces pick-up are not being done. The alley to the rear of the Turkey Hill store on Chestnut Street looks like a landfill or dump for months and months now. Another section of that alley has hundreds of cigarette butts piling up and I do mean hundreds. We just purchased a new street sweeper, so why not run it through the alleys once in a while, even every couple months. That alley has not been touched in at least the last nine months.” – [NOTE: Community Development begins with attention to small details.]
  • Letter writer praises the “Earth Day celebration at Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia on April 22″ in a letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

tn sluggerClean Up Hitter | Police in Kingsport, Tennessee say a 53-some year old “female resident, at only 4-foot-11, was an entire foot shorter than Sotello, weighed nearly 100 pounds less than he did and was 18 years older” whupped up on a burgler with a baseball bat. – Kingsport Times-News