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Resident Power: Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Or As Bush Tried To Say: “Fool Me Once, Shame On You … You Can’t Fool Me Again”.


Anura Guruge

Prior ‘Resident Power’ Related Posts:
1/ April 6, 2013 update on ‘imprudence’ — Apr. 10, 2013.
2/ Latest update of the PNE drama … — Mar. 31, 2013.
3/ ‘Resident Power’ fiasco: NHPR … — Mar. 23, 2013.
4/ ‘Resident Power’ >> PSNH Cost Us Money — Mar. 20, 2013.
5/ ‘Resident Power’ Supplier ‘PNE’ Runs Out Of Money — Feb. 20, 2013.
6/ Resident Power: Possible Alternatives — Jan. 20, 2013.
7/ PSNH Electric Rates Going Up To 10 Cents Per KWH …
>>Dec. 19, 2012.

8/ PSNH To Increase Electric Rates Again? … — Oct. 3, 2012.
9/ We Now Get Electric From N.H. Resident Power — May 24, 2012.
A/ A Plug For N.H. Resident Power. Yes, We Signed Up
>>April 19, 2012.

ENHlogoI had an unsolicited e-mail from Resident Power yesterday offering me ‘unbeatable’ rates. It actually made me quite angry. ‘They’ some how don’t seem to get it that they reneged on what was a 1-year contract. I don’t care about their ‘sob story’. We had a one year contract and one fine night, without any disclosure from them, I learn on the Web that they have ditched me.

Yes, I am mad. I am an avid promoter of alternate power for NH. PSNH needs competition. I was so happy when I first heard about ‘Resident Power’. But, they screwed me and gave a black eye to the whole NH alternate power initiative. It is the latter that really irks me.

I would NOT sign up with Resident Power even if they offered me FREE electricity.

I don’t give a hoot about their ‘unbeatable’ rate, because for all I know that rate could be history even before you switch over. They should do the decent thing and gracefully go away, and not sully the alternate power landscape with their tarnished presence. Yes, I am livid. I ended up paying FULL PSNH rates for 2 whole months.

Finally I am with ENH.


I am hoping that ENH does not screw me.

But since the Resident Power fiasco I have lost all trust and confidence in the entire alternate power industry.

I have yet to receive the insulting $9.50 check that Resident Power intends to offer those that they reneged upon. As I have said, I am going to send it back.

‘The Baysider’, Purportedly Alton’s Newspaper Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board ‘Special’ Meeting.



. Anura Guruge

Related Posts:
Alton, NH: Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — Apr. 30, 2013.
Alton School Board Committee Assignments
>>Apr. 28, 2013.

Alton Elected Town Officials: To Disclose Or Not To Disclose,
>> That IS THE Question? — Apr. 14, 2013.

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It says ‘covering Alton’ on the banner, but I guess that is just an indication of who should pay to advertise with them.

This Monday’s joint Alton (Selectmen/) Board of Health & Alton Central (ACS) School Board meeting to discuss healthy and safety related issues at ACS that had been aired during the contentious $18M bond fiasco was probably the most germane and interesting ACS-related meeting held this year — barring the ‘that was more fun than your typical three ring circus’ deliberative session on February 3.

So how come today’s ‘The Baysider’, purportedly Alton’s newspaper has no mention, at all, about this pivotal meeting. It isn’t as if they didn’t have the time. Their deadline is Tuesday and they have routinely covered other School Board meetings that were held on a Monday — that very week, in the Thursday edition.

I noticed that Tim Croes, the regular reporter, did not appear to be present. But, I know that they sometimes use other stringers, such as a lady called ‘Elizabeth‘ who tends to do a bangup job. So, when I got back, that very night, I fired off an e-mail to my friend Josh Spaulding, the  bestriding editor of ‘The Baysider’, asking him who covered that meeting. I got a response fairly soon (as is typically the case with Josh). He did not know! He does not keep track of Alton meetings. Tim is supposed to decide.


So what is the deal here? I have one and ONLY ONE concern. Was this political? By conveniently ignoring the coverage of this meeting (for at least a week), ‘The Baysider’ is letting the news go cold and as such demoting the issue.

The problem here is that I know various people who, rightly or wrongly, charge ‘The Baysider’ as being the OFFICIAL ACS newspaper.

At this meeting the ACS School Board was asked a lot of pointed questions. By not covering the meeting many of the tax payers in Alton are being deprived of a chance to hear about what took place. All I want to know is is that but a coincidence. Yes, Tim, before he got his ‘get out of jail card’ that permitted him to attend Brewster, was an ACS alumni. So did ‘they’ lean on him not to cover the meeting? I do not know. But, this bothers me.

I have been particularly busy this week, since coming back from vacation, trying to publish yet another book. I just managed to get that done a few minutes ago. So, I now have a few ‘minutes’ breathing space before I start on another new book tomorrow. I had asked Deanna to find me the video of Monday’s meeting. I want to do at least one post on the “he said“, “no he didn’t“, “he definitely said ‘possibly’“, “no he didn’t“, aspect of the meeting, which dominated much of the first part of the proceedings, by juxtapositioning the questions from the Health Board and the answers from the School Board with the relevant clips from the deliberative session. At least as of Tuesday night Deanna couldn’t find the video from Monday. I will get to that.

If ‘The Baysider’ is not going to cover these meetings I will have to see what I can do. I am too old to start getting minutes. I did that 30 years ago. Maybe I could find somebody who will help out. But it irks me that the purported local paper does not feel that it is their job to cover such meetings. Funnily enough this is the SECOND instance, just this year, when ‘The Baysider’ just happened to forget to cover a crucial School Board meeting happening. Recall we had to hear about the Steve Miller ‘brandishing‘ incident from WMUR because ‘The Baysider’ waited until the following week to mention it.


Labor Day 2013 Google Doodle For Many Non-US Countries + A Few Other Cute Country-Specific Doodles



Anura Guruge

Last ‘Recent Non-U.S. Doodles’ post:
Recent, non-U.S. Google Doodles …  — Apr. 29, 2013.

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You can see the list of countries that got to see it on May 1, 2013, 'Labor Day'. Sri Lanka is included. Click to access at the Google Doodle archive.

You can see the list of countries that got to see it on May 1, 2013, ‘Labor Day’. Sri Lanka is included. Click to access at the Google Doodle archive.

4 new Doodles since the April 27, 2013 one for South African Freedom Day that we talked about in the last post. Click to access.

4 new Doodles since the April 27, 2013 one for South African Freedom Day that we talked about in the last post. Click to access.

Click to find out.

Click to find out.


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