cheating the public
Regarding the Aug. 8 letter, "Third-party supplier overprices electricity":
Who has jurisdiction in the state to keep a tab on these third-party electricity suppliers who are out to rob the public?
My family has gone through the same experience and has been suffering the last two years from the havoc played on us by a third-party electricity supplier that mysteriously transferred our services from Atlantic City Electric and then overbilled us for hundreds of dollars more a month than our usual bills.
We objected to that, writing more than a dozen letters and making several phone calls to Atlantic City Electric and the state Board of Public Utilities. But nobody came to our help. This brought severe tension to my family.
On a friend's advice, I filed a formal complaint with the BPU. And while our online complaint was received by the BPU on March 28, A.C. Electric disconnected our service on April 2, keeping my family in the dark and without heat for 48 hours while our food rotted in the refrigerator.
The BPU has forwarded the case to the Office of Administrative Law for a hearing. But in its letter to the OAL, the BPU has shown only one respondent in the case - Atlantic City Electric - and not the third-party supplier. I am at my wits end as to what can be done.
I am sure that there must be many other people who have suffered the same experience of fake bills at the hand of a third-party supplier.
wrong about AARP
As more benefits of the Affordable Care Act become available, some opponents of the law have returned to their false claim that AARP's position on health reform was driven by financial interests. Untroubled by the facts, they have built an echo chamber for this accusation - but repetition does not bring them any closer to truth.
AARP's priorities during the health care debate were based on many years of listening to the needs and concerns of our members and other older Americans. That is why we fought successfully to limit insurers from charging much higher premiums because of age; to prohibit the denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions; to close the doughnut hole in prescription drug coverage under Medicare; and to improve coverage for critical preventive services.
Conspiracy theories about AARP also ignore the fact that the Affordable Care Act was supported by many other respected organizations. For example, the American Medical Association, which had opposed some earlier health-reform efforts, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations supported the Affordable Care Act.
Let's get beyond the political attacks and the smokescreen of erroneous charges and focus on what this law means for the health care needs of individuals and their families.
President, AARP New Jersey
Hard to feel sorry
for mayor of EHT
Regarding the Aug. 21 story, "EHT taxes price mayor out of his house," about Mayor Sonny McCullough's inability to pay his new Egg Harbor Township property tax bill:
I'm sure we all feel horrible. Perhaps the citizens of EHT can have a benefit for McCullough.
It really is such a sad situation. The mayor will have to sell his house. Of course, the million-dollar gain from its sale may ease the pain. I suppose he'll take his million bucks (pre-tax) and move to a state that has no income tax, as so many other New Jersey politicians do in order to escape taxation of their pensions funded largely by you and I, the remaining New Jersey taxpayers.
Most Atlantic County property owners received a rather large increase in their property-tax bills in August, largely due to the devaluation of the Atlantic City casinos.
But while property assessments have decreased, there has been no corresponding substantial decrease in the operating budgets at the municipal, county and state levels. Unless there is a decrease in the budgets, everyone else picks up the casinos' slack.
Where does this leave the rest of us? Maybe we can all collect our New Jersey pensions and move to Florida. Oh wait, I'm not so lucky. But I will turn out the lights as the last one out.