The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 30, 2014

Readers' Forum 6-30 | Charged for services not rendered

JOHNSTOWN — There is an old adage: Why join the Navy when you can be a pirate?

I think of the utility companies whenever I recollect it, especially after a blackout or when there is a loss of cable service for an extended period without an explanation.

In these cases, we are still charged and required to pay for fees and taxes on goods and services that were never received. This is un-American and smacks of pure piracy.

Imagine going to work, never getting paid for services rendered, but still required to pay your taxes.

These companies will say that customers only pay for usage. This is not true, since the fees and taxes they submit to the consumer are seldom adjusted for services not received. It’s as if they deny that blackouts and signal failures ever happen.

But we all know better.

We would never want taxation without representation by our government. Why would we give a pass to the utility companies?

During the past 10 years or more, nearly every household in a given community has experienced undelivered services, without any restitution. What happened to the fees and taxes collected by these companies?

I would rather sail with the integrity of the Navy any given day rather than board a ship designed by our utility companies.

The skull and crossbones on the flag of their pirate ship are our very own.

Gerald Yahner



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