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Westar seeks $91 million increase

I don't need to look to you for "credibility." I don't work for a utility but I'm in the industry and know vastly more about these new regs and budgets than the average person. It just amuses me how these other posters sound off like they know what they are talking about, but I post to set the record straight. However, I'm undecided as to whether I agree with the amount of the increase but I DO however agree an increase is needed. I'm just tired of the liberals here that sound off to protest something just for the sake of protesting, getting real sick of it....

August 27, 2011 at 2:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Westar seeks $91 million increase

Wow, the general public is truly clueless! Reading these comments fortifies that belief...

The increase in costs due to tree trimming and new regs IS legitimate. I have knowledge of exactly what this increase is related to. Now, $91M as the amount of addt'l cost is up for debate, but I can 100% agree with Westar's assessment of increased costs.

And when they say "tree trimming," they don't mean your backyard you idiots! They are talking about vegetation growth along high-kv transmission lines, you know, those things that bring the nuke power up to Lawrence from Burlington. And yes, trimming trees along 3,000+ miles of transmission line costs MILLIONS PER YEAR!!! Although vegetation growth isn't a new problem by any means, however more strict federal regulations is a new development over the last few years. The feds are hitting utilities with VERY steep fines for a vegetation contact on a transmission line (which knocks out power to a wide area, potentially causing a blackout), fines of millions of dollars. Consequently, Westar is raising rates so they can keep away from these hefty fines and comply with other federal regs relating to infrastructure engineering. The major NYC blackout in the NE back in 2003 was from a vegetation contact in the Ohio Valley!!!! This is a serious problem that our entire transmission power line infrastructure is exposed to every year!!! But the average hippy doesn't understand this at all, because the average Lawrence hippy lives in their own bubble and can't think past the power lines hooked into their huts....

Now, I'm not saying $91M is the magic number, but I do know the increased costs Westar cites are legit....And you people really don't need to be opening your mouths if you don't know what you're talking about....

August 26, 2011 at 11:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should the United States be the global police force of the world?

I think America should play a role, but not carry the full burden as it has in the last 60 yrs. I wish some other nations would step up to the plate in a bigger capacity and I wish we would be more harsh on nations like Iran, Pakistan (who just takes our money with a big smile while they stab us in the back), and North Korea. But make no mistake about it, the world DOES need someone to police the crazy/evil dictators. You can't think that the US can just stay in it's own little corner for all time. WIth todays technology, an event or nuke explosion on the other side of the earth would have an impact on the US. We can't expose ourselves to that risk, we MUST combat the evil both domestic & foreign. However, my wish is that some other nations in Europe and Asia would take on a bigger role in policing the world, not just leave it as a US burden....

July 20, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama should lead, not just react

I didn't take it as sarcasm (obviously). But it's sad that some people are actually that way in this country....

July 18, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama should lead, not just react

And for the record I'm not too confident that McCain would have been a good leader either. We just have a bad batch of politicians everywhere in Washington, no born leaders that I can see...

July 18, 2011 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama should lead, not just react

Whether you fall on the side of conservative or liberal, you can agree that this administration hasn't exactly been a beacon of leadership. That's what I'm looking for in a president (or any elected official for that matter), leadership. In times like these we need leaders to guide our country out of turmoil. Instead, what do we have? A bunch of elected officials acting like 5th-graders playing the blame game, and it's happening on both sides of the aisle. They squabble like children while they solve nothing....

July 18, 2011 at 10:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Obama should lead, not just react

Your last sentence is what it wrong with this country. You're looking for a handout, you don't want to work for anything. You want rich people to make the money and gov't to give their money to you just because you're a U.S. citizen. You want money? Go to work and MAKE some, don't sit on your butt and wait for a check from the feds. That's pathetic sir, not to mention communistic....

July 18, 2011 at 10:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should non-union city exployees expect to get the same raise and benefits as union employees?

Unions protect unskilled and underperforming workers....They create a work environment that encourages fundamental laziness. If 20 guys can do the same job the same way for less pay, then that one worker thinks he deserves a higher pay than that job is worth. If that one worker can do a better job than the other 20, well that's a decision for the employer to make whether he wants quality or quantity. It's simple labor economics. Employers shouldn't be exposed to union pressure or extortion to overpay for unskilled work....That's what is making America so uncompetitive in the world today....

Don't like the pay scale? Well then vote for a higher minimum wage, or get skilled, or get an education....

July 13, 2011 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should non-union city exployees expect to get the same raise and benefits as union employees?

Mature reply....

@jafs, so your argument is just because a group of workers have more power to negotiate they have the right to induce extortion upon the employer? Because that's what you're describing, a group of union workers collectively applying pressure on the employer for higher wages, is by definition extortion. So just because a group of 20 guys can collectively bargain makes a 40-hr week worth more than it actually cost in a non-union situation? Wake up, this is the fundamental flaw with unions (among others), look no further than GM's bankruptcy. They had sky-high labor costs and were being outpaced by foreign automakers BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T COMPETE. Their labor costs were too high!!! Especially for jobs that require no decision-making, have you ever seen an assembly plant worker work? Why does that position need to pay a person $29/hr (including benefits) that requires said person to make ZERO decisions? It's pathetic, it's overpaying. People in this country have been living too high on the hog for too long...It baffles me that people think they deserve higher wages for those type of jobs....

July 13, 2011 at 10:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should non-union city exployees expect to get the same raise and benefits as union employees?

Why do union negotiations even exist for wages? Shouldn't the employer discuss the employee's wages directly with the employee. Why do we need a middle man to make money off that?

July 13, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )