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tylerdurden July 14, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I could care less if anyone actually gets a smart meter installed or not - but this is anRead Moreabsolutely insane post. I'd bet $1million that the author walks around with aluminum foil on his head so that aliens, the CIA, and the catholic church cannot read his thoughts. Smartmeters just provide you, the consumer, with more information about your use. You can check, in live time with some models, what your actual use is daily and see what your monthly bill will be. The opt-out will just let whacko's use basically the electric meter equivalent of an 1962 black and white antenna television instead of going digital - EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE UTILITY COMPANY PAYING FOR THE NEW METER - NOT YOU THE CONSUMER. Instead, you the consumer can be charged for maintenance related to the old one. There is a type of smartmeter designed to limit usage that transmits data back to the utility company in live time, but that service is only for people who "opt-in" and choose to do so. They have a function that can turn power down during peak times to avoid the consumer having to pay peak rates - AGAIN, THIS IS AN OPT-IN SERVICE. Additionally, this service exists primarily for rural customers and is used primarily at residences that are not occupied year round. People who use this in PA (an extremely small number) are actually very highly satisfied with it, because they save money. Smartmeters are not evil, the gov't won't be monitoring your usage in order to determine who gets what, and if you decline to let the utility install one it can charge you maintenance fees for your old meter (thereby wasting your money). There are consumer-protection laws in PA that prevent anything from being shut-off as long as you pay your bill. If you want to try a meter that can shut-down during peak times, you can, but it will never be forced on you. As for the concern of "hackers," I am quite sure your personal usage information is not of much interest. Everyone probably pays online already, and Smartmeters don't change anything about payment. If "hackers" want to shut down the electric grid, having a smartmeter will not matter.
rofores July 10, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Wow.... sounds like tinfoil is in your future. Of better yet, go off the grid. Fake name (noRead MoreThomas A. McCarey in PA), web site doesn't work, fake concern. Don't feed the troll.
tylerdurden July 14, 2014 at 02:01 PM
This anti-smartmeter stuff is absolute nonsense. No one is monitoring you every move or what youRead Moretur n on and off in your home.
B. Bren July 15, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Smart meters are actually a great idea and save money. People should support their installation. IRead Moret alk to mine every time I pass it just so it knows I care.
Teresa July 07, 2014 at 09:33 PM
I hope you and the resident don't mind but I shared your posting on FB. Here is what I added: Read MoreThis crap happens all the time. The laws really need to change. I'm bringing awareness to the situation. I had terrible renters that rented the 2 bedrooms on my 3rd floor. In just 3 weeks time, they ate all my food, flooded a bathroom, stole firewood from my next door neighbor, I found out after the fact that their dog was NOT a "husky" but purebred "wolf" which is illegal in PA. So after just 3 weeks (including nonpayment of rent), I evicted them with notice. I was smart in advance--in this state if no lease, they only get 10 days notice. On day 8, they showed up to testify in custody court against me, and I could not BELIEVE the incredible lies they fabricated about me and the kids. It was awful. They even took their own dog's poop and planted it in my kitchen and took a photograph of it, saying it belonged to my cat. Hello! A wolf's poop is a bit different than a cat's. So, I couldn't get them to leave. They were squatters! It was terrible! So here's what I did, and my Southern Conservative relatives will be very proud of me: I stood at the door after the hearing that night. I waited until they finally showed up (drunk) at 3am, thinking for some reason it would still be ok for them to live there. I think NOT. So I stood there with two butcher knives crossed in front of me, saying they can't come in. Of course, then the police came. But because I did not threaten them, and I did not exit my premises with the knives and did not threaten the police, the police cooperated with ME. So, the police gave these losers 5 minutes to get 2 armfuls of belongings out of the house and get a ride. One officer asked me, "Aren't you being a bit harsh? It's cold and it's 3:30am?" I said coldly, "They should have thought of that before they thought they could take me for a ride and then lie about me and my kids in court." I did the right thing and returned two large duffel bags of clothes to the woman's workplace with a note when I knew she wasn't working, but they never came to collect their belongings. I told them I'd have a restraining order ready for them and the police would assist them and myself in removal of any belongings. No more renters. I feel so sorry for this woman in my neighborhood and if this message gets to her or her friends, know a neighbor a mile or so away cares and can help her. Now the poor woman's vacation is ruined and she can't do anything except come back early if possible to get a restaining order against this jerk....just because he failed to change his address on his photo id card......THE POLICE COULD HAVE DONE MORE AND I KNOW IT!!! They blame the law. No. They could have showed muscle if they wanted to do it but they won't. They don't want the paperwork. So what is this guy going to do----flood HER bathroom and run up all her bills and order $500 of porn on her cable and then she is stuck with everything? Trash her house with cigarettes and parties and whatever? Burn the place down? And there's nothing she can do because she is out of town and the police wouldn't' lift a finger. All they had to do is say if they hear about him being 100 yards within her residence, they'd beat the shit out of him. Law or not...the idiot wouldn't have known. It's all the police had to do. But they won't.
Teresa July 07, 2014 at 09:38 PM
and remember, he broke the law or some kind of statute by not changing his photo id address withinRead More3 0 days, so add that to his charges. Again, I'm so sorry she has to deal with this. What a jerk.
james koslosky June 08, 2014 at 12:04 PM
It wasn't supported by the "new" Manayunk groups. The generations of Manayunk/RoxboroughRead Morer esidents I believe supported the parade.
Franky G June 04, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Watch the language. This is a G rated site. Take a deep breath. Relax. It's only a mirror. TheRead Morepolic e aren't charged with protecting your car. Thats why you have insurance... To all the cyclists, volunteers, and spectators: GREAT RACE!
Louise Fischer May 24, 2014 at 07:59 PM
great question. I'm surprised that they are still all over the place. His supporters will do him aRead Moreg reat service by removing. them.
Renee Crabill May 19, 2014 at 08:01 AM
I know quite a few people that died. I'm assuming The Patch has stopped reporting this?
Jo Ann Desper April 28, 2014 at 01:41 PM
The developers are appealing the Zoning Board's decision (the ZB said they could build the WendysRead Morebu t without a drive-thru).
Joan Kay April 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM
What ever they are going to put there it will create a lot of traffic Homes ,offices, otherRead Moreresturan ts or banks or maybe a rehab center. A drive though would make it easier for Handicap and parents with children with special needs.
Keith H. May 11, 2014 at 04:16 PM
It's zoned for a fast-food restaurant...if Wendy's pulls out, it'll be someone else. Glad to see aRead MoreP opeye's Chicken opening at Ivy Ridge!
Jo Ann Desper April 28, 2014 at 08:07 AM
The parking lot is private property and the owner has contracted with private towing companies toRead Moreke ep "non-customers" out of the lot. Sometimes their judgement on who is a "non-customer" goes awry. Many have spoken to the property owner, including representatives of the community development corporation and the individual stores in the complex. Your best bet is to let the individual stores know what happened and that you will take your business elsewhere if the practice continues. They're the ones who can influence the property owner.
james koslosky April 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Stephens Towing is on Umbria St. & Paoli Ave.
Keith H. May 11, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Was the bank opened??
Kelly W April 21, 2014 at 03:54 PM
2 other distinguishable features: 1) she has a nail on her front right paw that does notretract 2)Read Moret he cat has licked all of the fur off of her belly, and has a lot of loose bare skin hanging down
Elisa Prospero April 22, 2014 at 07:04 AM
Please have the owner file a missing pet report at Animal Care and Control of Philadelphia in caseRead Moret he cat is picked up and brought to the shelter. 111 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (267) 385-3800
Kelly W April 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM
UPDATE: Cat has been found! She is home safe! Thank you!
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