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.