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What PUC really means

The column by Thomas D. Elias in The Union on Feb. 14 had a misnomer (called the wrong name) in it. He referred to The PUC as the California “Public Utilities Commission.” This has become a misnomer. The current, correct name for The PUC is now the “Private Utilities Commission” because it is, now, an oversight board “of the large corporations, by the large corporations, and for the large corporations.” I think that this makes the PUC as an oversight board an oxymoron (don’t you think?).

Oh, and writing to your elected representatives will not help any. I’ve tried and was told by the three (out of the seven written), that did respond to my letter, that they would “look in to it.” Yeah … right. All of this some time before the buyout of AT&T by SBC went before the PUC.

Needless to say, the “deal” went through without question. Don’t waste your time or stamps, etc., ’nuff said. Oh, and happy belated Valentines Day?



John A. Dixon

Grass Valley


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