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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Utilizing resources?

What’s Northeast Ohio’s FirstEnergy got to do with area Republicans and Democrats sitting in the Ohio House of Representatives in Columbus and campaigning for re-election?
Maybe nothing. But the lawmakers are concerned about the utility’s “all-electric home” issue before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
n State Sen. Tim Grendell, R-Chester Township?
As readers saw, Grendell says he will appeal a Geauga County Common Pleas Court decision which dismissed a class action lawsuit by “grieved” homeowners upset with FirstEnergy’s alleged effort to make everybody go all-electric.
Grendell said he will act as a private attorney seeking no pay.
n Meanwhile, what about state Reps. Lorraine Fende, D-Willowick, and Mark Schneider, D-Mentor?
They join other House Democrats in co-sponsoring a bill to create the “PUCO Transparency Accountability (PTA) Bill” to watchdog  if  homeowners’ electricity bill start costing too much.
What do all the legislators have in common?  Democrats Fende, Schneider and fellow party members are up for re-election. Republican Grendell is running from cover for an available House seat.
So one way or another as Election Day rushes toward us, state legislators are maybe trying to light up our lives one way or the other.

--David W. Jones


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