The S.C. Public Service Commission, the public's representative in such matters, grants SCE&G rate increases regularly, despite public objections in this difficult economy.
My current rates for electricity each month are: basis facility charge $9.50 and .128440 cents plus .005110 cents WNA for each kilowatt-hour used.
A recent article in the Kiplinger Letter, a well-respected business journal, predicted modestly higher rates for electricity, especially in power markets that rely on coal and change to some use of natural gas to produce electricity.
The article indicated an average cost for electricity could be 11 cents per kilowatt hour by 2016, following a long period of stability with prices stuck at 9.5 cents or 9.9 cents — rates markedly lower than my current costs.
It's evident that other producers make and/or sell electricity at lower rates than SCE&G claims it needs under similar circumstances. Does the S.C. Public Service Commission ever question the great disparity in rates among utilities?
Perhaps the Public Service Commission can learn more of the basic costs of electricity that other producers incur under similar circumstances, and compare that knowledge with the SCE&G's claims for rate increases in determining whether rate increases should occur.
With a monopoly which guarantees a profit of 12 percent or more, I doubt that SCE&G has little, if any incentive to control costs of doing business.
It may also be instructive if the S.C. Public Service Commission were to publish the rational it relied on when granting such rate changes.
THEODORE P. MITCHUM
Folly Road Boulevard
About six months ago a letter to the editor complained that pedestrians don't stand a chance at the crosswalk across Meeting Street near Charlotte Street. Well, it hasn't changed.
I've witnessed, on several occasions, pedestrians making it across to the center line and no one in the other lane yielding. Then the pedestrians had traffic in both directions speeding by with just the width of the yellow line to protect them.
I suggest the city place the state law “yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk” signs on the center line on all crosswalks that are not protected by a traffic signal or stop sign.
To those who promised, and passed a ruling, to leave the trees alone on River Road, I just want to know: Who is pushing this along?
How much money is being promised to cut them down for either another development (which we don't need) or putting in the extension (another thing we don't need or want) when it has not been decided?
Please leave the trees alone. They are cleaning up the air, which our cars pollute.
How about just saying “No”?
Good story missed
The Kiawah Island Club recently hosted 140 girls, ages 8-17, for the second LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Academy and Championship June 9-12.
The Post and Courier was contacted, but no reporter was available to cover one of the most heart-warming stories of this summer. In addition, LPGA Hall of Fame recipient Nancy Lopez attended and was available for one-on-one interviews.
These 140 girls and their chaperones shared an experience of a lifetime coming from all over the country to participate.
We also had girls from the Charleston First Tee Program as well as the Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg LPGA Girls Golf Programs. Over $40,000 in scholarships was raised and distributed to ensure equal opportunities.
I find it sad that we received no coverage from the paper since we are an area in which golf is a big business. Golf, as an industry, is decreasing.
The LPGA, USGA, PGA and PGA of America all have programs focused entirely on increasing younger participation so the game can grow.
The Post and Courier could have written about how Charleston impacted the lives of young girls forever.
You could have written about how one golf club and its membership contributed to the game and the industry.
But you missed it — again.
Member. Kiawah Island Club
Board of Directors
After reading your article on the Charleston Waterkeeper, I went to the non-profit's website to read for myself about the origin and foundation of this non-profit.
After reading the story, “In Deep: A Love Story Written in Water,” I felt almost embarrassed that I was not aware of it previously.
How many of us find such passion in our 20s, giving up a lucrative career in astro physics to dedicate a life to water stewardship?
How many of us recycle and pick up litter, thinking we're doing our part to save this world? After reading the history, the grass-roots beginnings, I want to apologize to Charleston, the Charleston Waterkeeper and to the world that I do not carry this same passion, dedication and perseverance.
Charleston Waterkeeper just gained another supporter, and I will do my part to help this non-profit to continue this dedication.
I ask those who are not aware of this non-profit, to visit its website and see for yourself what we can do to support clean water.
Shame on those who feel they must criticize without knowledge of what they're talking about.
Roll up your sleeves, find your passion and volunteer to do your part in supporting the Charleston Waterkeeper.