Imagine how many more booths and
how festive the Christmas Night Market
would have been if local merchants, artisans,
craftspeople and entertainers would
have been invited to participate and volunteer
beforehand instead of being shut
out of the process.
Thankful for Eurekans
We are so grateful for Pat Costner, Faith
and Michael Shah and all those who testified
before the Arkansas Public Service
Commission in support of clean energy by
advocating the continuation of net metering
for customers with solar panels who
are part of the grid.
Here is the comment we sent to the
Public Service Commission.
Please keep the net metering rate as it
Solar power generated at homes and
small businesses and exported to the grid
has the same value as the retail rate each
utility charges its customers. Otherwise,
growth of residential solar power in Arkansas
will be severely hampered and we
will continue our dependence on fossil
fuels. Those using solar will not find it
cost-effective over the lifetime warranty
Solar energy in Arkansas has great
value – it reduces utility companies’ expenditures
for new generation facilities,
transmission and distribution lines and
pollution control (e.g. less herbicides used
to maintain rights of way).
Don’t you want to encourage renewable
energy in the Natural State?
Those who support the proposed
“two-channel billing” change include
Carroll Electric and the Arkansas Attorney
General’s office, which describes customers
with solar panels as a “burden” to
other ratepayers. What an insult.
We applaud our neighbors who have
gone solar! But with the two-channel billing
scheme, these folks will actually end
up paying more than the rest of us, even
though they are doing a lot to protect the
environment for all of us!
It’s not too late to put in a public comment
with the APSC. Go to www.arkansas.
gov/psc and click on the public comment
link; then scroll down to APSC #16-
— DAVE SPENCER AND
Call your reps
There is a long history of nations turning
their fate over to the few. Mostly this has
happened out of desperation due to famine,
economic or natural disasters or governmental
oppression. Here and now there are
millions of Americans (including our own
members of Congress) who are eager to
hand our fate, willingly, over to those who
want a Putin-style oligarchy, out of nothing
more than convenience.
Oligarchy:“a form of government
in which all power is vested
in a few persons or in a dominant
class or clique.” It is inconvenient to
govern ourselves. It requires work, unbillable
It requires hours that we feel we can’t
spare, listening, reading and hardest of all,
thinking and reflecting on our own experiences
and putting ourselves in other’s
It’s so much easier to leave matters of
right and wrong up to the preacher or the
powerful, for they must know, they say
they know. I know I don’t know but I know
that they don’t know either. As Republican
legislators stampede to be included in the
chosen, we can watch or we can govern
Hundreds of patriots have been arrested
in the halls of Congress for nothing more
than wanting to be heard by our representatives.
More are going every day on our
behalf. The least we can do is to call, fax,
email or write to Congress on our own behalf.
— MARK EASTBURN