Will someone please explain to me why there is vocal opposition and demonstration opposing the price of gasoline, yet no consumer action against the price of home heating? Is it because people have no problem affording home heating? Do heating bills really give us no cause for concern?
Our U.S. congressmen/women and our U.S. senators make laws that influence the price of regulated utilities - electricity and natural gas; as do our Ohio representatives and Ohio senators. The Federal Energy Commission, Securities Exchange Commission and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio make the rules and regulations based on those laws. Yet on May 5th, (11 weeks advanced notice) when Serving Our Seniors and the Erie-Huron Community Action Commission invited these Ohio public servants to come to Sandusky and take part in our public forum, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future?" They all politely said they were not available.
At first I was angry by their lack of interest. Then I realized. It's not going to matter to them, until they know it matters to us. And clearly, their comfort level with saying, "no thank you, I won't be attending," is a reflection of the citizens they represent.
If you are concerned about the price of heating your home, communicate this to those who represent you on this issue. Call our elected and appointed representatives and let them know how disappointed you are that they won't be taking part in the public forum entitled, "Affording Home Heating: What's In Our Future?," on Friday, July 18, 2pm - 4 pm, at the Erie County Office Building (downtown) 247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Be sure to RSVP so you can attend the forum, yourself. (419/624-1856).
And remember this: It's not going to matter to them, until they know it matters to you!