[Rushtalk] Smart meters in the news

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Feb 11 12:14:45 MST 2013

At 06:15 AM 2/11/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>At 05:49 AM 2/11/2013 -0500, John A. Quayle wrote:
>>         Oh, but there's NOTHING to worry about, is there?!?
>This is a problem caused by and continued by government.
>I'm sure everything will be better if we all just vote the bastards out.
>It's bound to get better, don't you think?

         Tell me how doing NOTHING changes anything................

>>At 10:47 PM 2/10/2013, Paf Dvorak wrote:
>>>UPDATED: Handicapped Woman Refuses Smart Meter 
>>>­ Has Power Cut in the Dead of Winter
>>>Feb. 9, 2013 2:31pm Mike Opelka
>>>UPDATE: Office of Ohio Governor Kasich intervenes. Details posted below.
>>>A handicapped woman in western Ohio has to 
>>>battle the freezing winter weather this 
>>>weekend because she refused to allow the local 
>>>power company to install a “smart meter” on her property.
>>>Handicapped Ohio Woman Has Power Cut for 
>>>Refusing Smart Meter for Health Reasons
>>>Brenda Hawk (Image: YouTube screenshot)
>>>Brenda Hawk has a pacemaker for her heart and 
>>>because her brain was injured in a car 
>>>accident, she requires a breathing machine in 
>>>order to sleep at night. She does not want the 
>>>new radio-frequency emitting meter because of 
>>>the health problems these devices have been 
>>>said to cause. But American Electric Power 
>>>AEP-Ohio, the local power company, has 
>>>persisted in their push to swap out Hawk’s 
>>>analog meter and replace it with the new one.
>>>The Blaze spoke with Hawk on Saturday. At the 
>>>time, she was using a kerosene heater to stay 
>>>warm in the freezing weather. Hawk gave us a basic timeline on the story.
>>>In October of last year, a utility worker 
>>>arrived on her property and announced that he 
>>>had removed her old analog power meter and 
>>>replaced it with a new one. Hawk told him that 
>>>she had not approved the meter swap and 
>>>requested that the old one be restored. A 
>>>series of phone calls between Hawk, the power 
>>>company and the sheriff’s office was enough to 
>>>get the new meter pulled out and the old one re-installed.
>>>Fast forward to Jan. 24, 2013. A certified 
>>>letter from AEP executive Ralph Rocca, Jr. 
>>>arrived at Hawk’s home announcing that she 
>>>would be getting a new meter or her power 
>>>would be cut off. Her efforts to contact Rocca 
>>>were not successful. All that Hawk wanted was 
>>>a guarantee from the company that the new 
>>>meter’s electrical signals would not interfere 
>>>with her pacemaker. The company could not give 
>>>her that assurance and it was her position 
>>>that unless and until they did, no “smart meter” would be installed.
>>>On January 25, after the letter arrived, she 
>>>called the local sheriff’s office and claims 
>>>that call was not returned. Hawk also wrote 
>>>letters to her Congressional Representative 
>>>Jim Jordan and Ohio Governor John Kasich 
>>>asking why the new meter program had no 
>>>“opt-out” clause for health reasons. Those 
>>>letters were not responded to either.
>>>On Feb. 1, 2013, a woman from AEP did call 
>>>Hawk and asked about her concerns with the new 
>>>meter. Again, Hawk explained the problem with 
>>>the radio signals and her pacemaker. The 
>>>company rep reportedly told her that it was as 
>>>harmless as a microwave oven. Hawk cannot have 
>>>a microwave oven in her home because of the 
>>>problems it creates for her pacemaker. That 
>>>phone call ended with the AEP representative 
>>>announcing that the new meter would be 
>>>installed next week or the power would be cut.
>>>On Friday, February 8, two trucks from the 
>>>power company and a sheriff’s patrol car drove 
>>>onto Hawk’s property, uninvited. She informed 
>>>them that they did not have an easement and 
>>>therefore did not have access to the property 
>>>and she intended to deny them access. Her 
>>>question to the Allentown Sheriff was a simple one.
>>>   “Are you here to protect my property rights?”
>>>Hawk said that his response was shocking.
>>>   “No” said the sheriff, “I’m here to protect 
>>> AEP – You’ll either have the meter or we’ll turn your power off.”
>>>Hawk asked the officer and the power company 
>>>reps how they could turn off the power to a 
>>>home in the winter when it directly violates 
>>>an Ohio law preventing elderly and disabled 
>>>people from being without heat during winter 
>>>months. They asked to be shown the law. Hawk 
>>>quoted Ohio’s public utility law Chapter 4933: 
>>>Hawk surmised that this law only prevents 
>>>shutting off the power of people who do not 
>>>pay their utility bills. She claims to have 
>>>never missed a payment and is currently not in arrears with the power company.
>>>Within minutes, the power was disconnected and 
>>>Hawk’s home was without heat or water during 
>>>one of the coldest weekends of the winter. 
>>>Last night the temperature was in the 
>>>mid-teens and the high temperatures for the 
>>>weekend do not promise to get above 40 degrees.
>>>As of Saturday afternoon, Hawk was trying to 
>>>stay warm by a kerosene heater, but she 
>>>worries about her horse, her chickens and the 
>>>dog and cat that live with her. Without power, 
>>>she is unable to draw water from her well, and 
>>>her animals need water every day. She had a 
>>>sleepless night because her breathing 
>>>assistance equipment was useless without 
>>>power. Her basement has also started filling 
>>>with water, because her sump pump cannot work without electricity.
>>>We tried to reach both Rep. Jordan’s office 
>>>and the emergency offices of AEP for comment. 
>>>Jordan’s D.C. office has no emergency contact 
>>>number, just voice mail. And the AEP emergency 
>>>operator referred us to the company’s main 
>>>offices, which were closed for the weekend.
>>>A call to Governor John Kasich’s office was 
>>>returned and follow-up is expected soon. We 
>>>will update this story as we get additional information.
>>>Here is the video of Hawk telling her story to 
>>>a member of the Ohio 9-12 Project.
>>>This is not the first time that the subject of 
>>>“smart meters” has appeared on The Blaze. Just 
>>>last month, we brought you the story of 
>>>Jennifer Stahla Naperville, Ill.woman who was 
>>>arrested after refusing to allow a “smart 
>>>meter” to be installed on her property.
>>>Last summer, another pacemaker patient had 
>>>problems with the “smart meter” emitting radio 
>>>frequency that interfered with his implant. 
>>>Since the meter was removedthe problem has disappeared.
>>>(H/T: The 912 Project)
>>>Shortly after this story was posted, a 
>>>representative from Governor John Kasich’s 
>>>office called The Blaze asking for any 
>>>additional background and contact information for Brenda Hawk.
>>>Less than an hour after the first call from 
>>>the governor’s office, we were again contacted 
>>>and told that “something should be done soon.”
>>>We are pleased to report that less than three 
>>>hours after we reported on this story, a 
>>>utility crew returned to Ms. Hawk’s home and 
>>>reestablished her electrical power. In a phone 
>>>conversation with the very happy homeowner, we 
>>>learned that many Blaze readers had also 
>>>reached out and tried to help her by 
>>>contacting various government agencies. 
>>>Apparently, switchboards at the state Capitol 
>>>and senior service agencies were flooded with 
>>>calls on her behalf. Brenda very modestly 
>>>asked that we thank everyone “who wasted their Saturday on me.”
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