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Enough with the smart meters

Re: letter in the Nov. 19 edition of The NEWS by Jean Allan (Smart meter costs).

I can’t believe we are still hearing about ‘smart meters.’ I was asked if I wanted my 1945-era meter replaced with a new technology smart meter — of course I said yes.

If you feel important enough to require someone to walk to your house, OK, instead of a remote reading. No problem, but why should I, at 78, have to pay for your whims.

Please don’t say you are afraid of emissions; if a meter bothers you hanging on the outside of your house then you could not tolerate any electrical appliances, so having any meter would be irrelevant. A smart meter has the equivalent emission to a cell phone so a television, electric fan, the fan in your furnace, a microwave oven, fluorescent light, etc. would be impossible to live with.

As far as “wishes” go, democracy is missing many times. Nobody asked me if I wanted that silly little sticker on my license plate. I was not asked if I preferred a carburetor over fuel injection for my truck, nor the lights at Church Road and Highway 4A. Actually, I don’t have the time for these questions.

Ed Fergusson

Parksville

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