Ruminations from powerless Pike County

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Editor's note: The following email was sent the morning of Saturday, March 10.

To the Editor:

I just noticed that the estimated restore time has slid to the right again, this time to 11 PM on 10 March, likely to be fall to Sunday. I've also noted the level of effort — work being performed has fallen off significantly, other than Log Tavern Road, where are the tree cutters and repair personnel? Tress are still in the wire on 739 no one around. Well, congratulations to Met Ed for winning the dollar and PR battle so far. A 15 billion dollar company incapable of mustering and sustaining a sufficient workforce to bring a county of 6,000 homes on line in a week and counting. Leaning rotting poles supporting patch work fixes that would shame the worst Iraqi "electrician" interwoven among the decades old trees. We've been reaping and will continue to reap the results; regular and endless outages in rain, wind or snow, or for no reason at all. The evidence hangs nakedly for all to see, Met Ed is guilty but so are we.

We must work harder and more efficiently than Met Ed does acquiring more wealth. Work harder with our elected officials and the courts to insure company leadership is brought to justice for the negligence they have demonstrated failing to upkeep the grid. This isn't about one or two storms, it's about corporate greed. Many of us in this county had the honor to spend decades in the service of this country. It was never a surprise when the enemy tried to jam us up, it was expected. It is however a sickening realization, when it's your own countrymen sticking it to you, your family and community. All for the bottom line and the love of just one more filthy greenback.

Do you think Met Ed CEO Chuck Jones and his family were cold in their beds last night?

How long fellow Pike County neighbors, exactly are we going to allow this to continue?

Anthony Nicholas

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