Jun 252012
 

 

Let’s begin by saying that I am one of many Naperville citizens who strongly believe that Smart Meters are not really that smart. In fact, for me it was a quick and decisive position to take. I remember exactly when it happened. It happened when the Naperville city council said that Smart Meters were a good thing and that all residents will have one like it or not. When the government says ‘try it..you’ll like it’ then you can be sure you won’t like it.

If that wasn’t reason enough, how about adding major concerns about health risks, privacy issues, security breaches, and skyrocketing costs for electricity. Still not enough, how about a huge waste of taxpayer dollars, and putting the city of Naperville into so much debt, that when the city looks up they are still looking down.

Even though the issue is still pending in Federal court, the citizens of Naperville are under a full-assault attack by the Naperville city council with regard to forced installation of government issued meters. More and more meters are being hastily thrown on homes and businesses throughout the city. In my immediate neighborhood, about half the homes have had meters slapped on their homes; about half of those didn’t want them and the other half had no idea why it was happening. So it could be said that the installation of meters has ranged from chaos to mayhem, which by government definition would be considered acceptable, reasonable, and better than expected.

With the proliferation of meters in our neighborhood like crabgrass on lawns, I am beginning to see and experience things that I haven’t noticed previously. Whether this is causation or correlation with government-forced meters remains to be determined. Here are a few:

 

  • Naperville city council meetings are beginning to start late again; punctuality (respect for other peoples time) is slipping away.
  • The Chicago Cubs lost all three games to the White Sox at Wrigley Field.
  • When I walk by Boardman Cemetery about two miles from my home very late at night (about 2am) my brain feels like it is vibrating.
  • Our dog Eva passed away April 19. She was ten and a poodle. Other than my wife, she was my best friend and companion.
  • A Naperville council member actually requested that he only be contacted through a third-party. In other words the elected official needs a degree of separation between the electorate and himself.
  • In dog years I am 13 years old and I’ve never had a medical history; absolutely nothing ever wrong with me, until three weeks ago when I was 10 minutes away from unexpected major surgery at Edward when the surgeon came in and said, “I know what it is” and with a touch of his hand (like Dr. House) he gave me a ‘quick fix’ and scheduled outpatient surgery the following week. I was one happy guy about that.
  • Just before the outpatient surgery, I asked the surgeon if I would be able to play the tuba when he was done. He said, “I don’t see why not” and I thought, “wow that’s great because I’ve never played the tuba before”
  • I’ve never owned an orange shirt in my life, never wanted one; I bought two in one day.
  • I met with a Naperville city council member for breakfast and it went exceptionally well. We had a healthy, open, and honest conversation, and I found out that he is a very likeable person. I give him a lot of credit for meeting with me, because I have been quite critical of him. It took a lot of courage and open-mindedness on his part to do so; something no other council member has been willing to do. Agree or not with council member Steve Chirico, you have to respect is willingness to learn, listen, and share. Isn’t it amazing that when you have a chance to meet someone, differences can be minimized and commonalities can be more clearly seen.
  • My wife said I repeat myself.

I say we blame it all on Smart Meters. Did I mention my wife says I repeat myself.

Jun 102012
 

Have you ever noticed that there is a southern way of doing things, and then there is a big city influence way of doing things? Let’s take for example Keller, Texas vs. Naperville, Illinois. Not that Naperville is a big city, but it does have over 140,000 citizens and ranks somewhere in the top five in population in Illinois. Keller, TX on the other hand has about 40,000 citizens. There is no doubt that Naperville does have that big city (Chicago) influence, and that Keller has that southern hospitality way of getting things done.

The demographics of both cities are similar with regard to income and education. In fact, Money Magazine listed Keller as the seventh best city in which to live, out of the Top 100 cities of its size. Other similarities include they both have a city manager and a mayor/city council style of government.

Now here is where it gets really interesting. Both city governments have embraced the installation of Smart Meters. The Keller city council and city manager have had no issues with residents fighting the local government in court battles, whereas Naperville residents and the Naperville city council are still embroiled in a Federal Court hearing on the forced installation of meters. Now here is the real kicker…the Naperville city council and city manager have approved the expenditure of millions of taxpayer dollars to use a public relations firm out of Chicago to convince Naperville citizens that the installation of Smart Meters is a good thing for residents, and it has not worked. The citizens of Naperville wanted the issue to be placed on a non-binding referendum last March, and the city of Naperville would not approve the referendum. The Naperville Smart Meter Awareness Group, a large group of loyal and informed citizens opposed to the forced installation, have fought conscientiously and thoroughly for the rights of citizens to be heard and respected, with the issue ultimately winding up in Federal Court though millions of dollars have needlessly been wasted on public relations.

Why is it that Keller, Texas can get things done without wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, yet the Naperville city council cannot? We decided to contact Chris Fuller, the Keller deputy city manager, a very amiable and forthcoming city official, and he simply said that the city government works for its citizens, they had open and honest communication with residents, and were receptive to the thoughts, wishes, and rights of the folks of Keller. That’s simple isn’t it? No public relations firms, no loss of millions of taxpayer dollars, (not even one dollar wasted), no court battle, no citizen uprising, and no denial of voter’s rights. It worked. The city has what it needs and the citizens have what they want.

Based on that, I make a motion that we trade our Naperville city council, and city manager to Keller, Texas in exchange for theirs.