‘Socialist’ water policy

I am a senior citizen that lives on Social Security and a long time resident of Fayette County. I want to express my voice in opposition to this new socialist type of water leak decision. What next? If my neighbor’s car breaks down will I have to pay a percentage of that as well? What about when he can’t pay his rent or taxes? Why not offer a plan whereas the pipe would be fixed if it leaked; like the $4 a month I pay on my hot water heater that will be replaced should it break down. That way everyone would benefit for what they pay out.

That will be $32 a year plus the $64 a year for the rain that runs off my roof for $68 a year out of my limited income. This means that if I experience a leak, I will only receive a percentage of the over usage because of the leak - but it also means if I don’t ever have a leak then I will be paying for other people’s leak. That is socialism.

You guys make healthy salaries I am sure and don’t understand how hard it is being gouged more and more and more for utilities and fees and taxes. You are making the poor more poor and the middle class poor and that in no way makes the rich poorer. I have to pay $1 extra every month on my phone bill because so many people dropped their land line phones for their cell phones. When you are having a nice dinner out - think about those of us who live on cheap TV dinners and canned goods.

My home insurance went up because of all the hail damage a couple of years ago done to other people’s roofs - not mine.

I posted this on our neighborhood Facebook page and to save time and energy I will just re-post here:

Did any of you open your water bill yet? We got our first socialist water bill. It seems they have been losing money on paying for water for folks who have had leaks in the past, so they decided to share the wealth.

We will be paying $36 a year extra on top of the $62 they are charging us for the rain that flows off our roofs. That is $68 a year and has nothing to do with how much water we use. I use 1/2 the minimum because I conserve, and now I have to pay this extra money each month.

The commissioners voted on this and if we don’t pay and we have a water leak - we will be billed for all the water leaked and no adjustment. If we do and we have a water leak, they will pay the average of the last six month’s bill - I think it is six months - and that is what you will have to pay if you have a leak - if you don’t then you will just be paying for someone else’s water leak. That seems like blackmail.

I hand wash my dishes - wash one load of clothes a week; dry them on a wooden rack, and now I will have to pay all of this? I never water my yard or take long showers. I, like, some of you - I live on Social Security and when it is gone it is gone. That money is grocery money for me. I have to pay the same price for a loaf of bread that Donald Trump does - is that fair or would that also be socialism.

Just wondered how you feel about this. My gas usage this month was less than $25, and my bill was over $50 - rest in taxes and fees; and A T & T over charged me by $14 and my neighbor picked me up some Captain D’s for dinner, and they overcharged me by $3. And of course, I was in the middle of an e-mail today when Comcast shut down again. And there is nothing on TV worth watching and I rarely watch TV except for a few select shows. I am going to contact the Commissioners tomorrow whether it does any good or not. Cable companies should be required to furnish all local TV programming at no cost. They took our free TV which was paid for by commercials and promised us no ads in the beginning; and now 50 percent of programing is ads and we have to pay for our previously free channels. AND and have to pay the county - their share.

And besides that I popped a Tyson’s frozen omelet in the microwave yesterday morning and took it out of the wrapper, and I had also cooked some insects which were hiding there. Then popped another flat bread with sausage and egg and cheese. When I took it out of the toaster and the flat bread was an inch thick and hard as a rock, and I scooped the ingredients off the top to put on a piece of toast and there was exactly one (1) tablespoon of ingredients on top. And those things are expensive. I called Tyson and posted it on Facebook. And to think folks who rebelled against the stamp tax brought on a revolution. Won’t even go there on the constant increases on stamps. Anyone know how to dig a well?

Commissioners: I would also like to report our neighborhood has done all that it can do by making phone calls regarding Comcast shutting down for several minutes EVERY DAY at first it was during the lunchtime hour and now it can be anytime. A lot of people work from home, and this causes a lot of grief. I called Comcast thinking it was just my problem. They sent a man out, and he said there was nothing wrong at my house and then I discovered that is it happening through tout the whole neighborhood. You guys have the contract with them, and we pay county taxes on this and we would like for you to pick up the phone and do something about this.

Patricia Walston, via e-mail

Spyglass
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You didn't mention in your rant that you could opt out

of the leak coverage. That is sort of important don't you think? Strange that you didn't think that was pertinent.

Have a good day.

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Patriricia

Just got my water bill and leak notice.

Since I live in Peachtree City I'd be more concerned about the sewage charge than the water . Their actual cost for a gallon of leaked water is probably fairly small. I have a hunch this is more about raising revenue without getting into the why and where for.

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Hire this woman

Hire this woman - Ms. Walston should be a paid columnist. Nothing beats an honest account of personal experience. It's such a refreshing break from the usual advocacy.

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Hire this woman

Thank you for your encouragement Citizen_Steve. I have been writing for many years and have published over 2,000 articles in the past five years on my column with Examiner Online News under the title of Atlanta Faith and Family - mainly.

I also write for four other titles as well. I have been an activist and advocate most of my life trying to stand in the gap to right any wrong that I could. I would love to add a local column to my already busy schedule, but right now I am on the verge of getting my first book published.

Hopefully, it will be on the shelves by Christmas. It is a delightful story about a preacher/farmer in the 1940's; his family, his church, and the folks in the community.

The book was formally a weekly series in my column, and the response was so great that many readers asked that I turn it into a book - I have. I have been so sick of the violent and anti-family programming that I was encouraged to write a book about a hard working family living in difficult times prior to World War II.

Those times are exactly paralleled to that which is happening once again in our nation and the world. You will love the characters and come to think of them as real people as you identify with them in many ways. There is a very funny five-year old named LeRoy that will make you laugh, and as in all of life, there is sadness, troubles, conflict and solutions based on the courage of these simple people of faith.

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Citizen_Steve - Lunch

Someone should buy her lunch, it appears that she's pretty dependent on government.

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PTC-O, Citizen Steve Lunch

Hey, I think we ALL know that Social Security was NEVER intended to be a sole source of support in retirement. If this lady and her husband worked most of their lives (as most of us have), either they have some other sources for retirement or they are guilty of very poor planning. We all have our stories (I worked for 42 yrs) and some are more draconian than others.

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AHG - You're

correct on this, Social Security is simply a taxpayer funded pyramid scheme and if you're on the back end of this scheme you're going to lose. I suppose you can say this about the entire government entitlement sham(s).

The current unfunded entitlement liabilities total $119 Trillion, that's some mighty big pyramid.

Young people are screwed.

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Buy me lunch?

Citizen_Steve - I learned a long time ago there is no such thing as a free lunch. Just wanted to let you know that by collecting the Social Security that myself and my husband earned over more than 50 years is the only thing I have even received from the government. I am one of those who worked all my life to support those who didn't.

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Lunch & Book

I think PTC Observer would like to buy your lunch, but then maybe I misread the post. Do you have a title for your book? I'll look for it.

Steve

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Lunch - Yes

Someone should buy you lunch if you live off Social Security as your first sentence indicates. If that's so, you're way too dependent on the government.

As to your other complaints concerning overreaching government, I couldn't agree more.

We all live in perilous times.

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I say fight fire with fire!

I say fight fire with fire! Pay that socialist water bill with money from your socialist security payments. That will teach them a lesson, eh? Just kidding, sorry for your angst.

On the other hand, Fayette County is getting into the government sponsored insurance business. Heh-heh! Now that's funny.

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Water leaks

Haven't seen my water bill so I'm not familiar with the fee of which you speak. However, if the county is concerned about leaks maybe they should get around to fixing the leak by HW 74 at Meade fields that has been running water, first to the area around one of the ball fields and now rerouted down the ditch along old Rockaway Road.

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You can get local TV for free

But not from the Cable Co....get your self an antenna and hook it up..like in the good old days you seem to long for..

But you will still need Comcast for the internet access, and no it is not free. My Comcast works great here at my abode.

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Comcast

This continues to be a problem for everyone in our neighborhood. Glad yours does not turn off right in the middle of your work.

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Pat Walston

Use that sharp brain of yours, pick up the phone and call the water dept. and tell them you do not want the insurance of $3.00 a month. Just say no thanks and they won't be offended. You will feel better.

As to the the rest of it, I feel your pain, sister. Except for the Tysons. Yecch.

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