Letters: Severe cold weather and util...

Letters: Severe cold weather and utility problems

There are 16 comments on the El Paso Times story from Feb 11, 2011, titled Letters: Severe cold weather and utility problems. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Not surprisingly, many people wrote letters to the editor about the recent cold-weather event and associated utility problems.

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tomas

El Paso, TX

#1 Feb 11, 2011
What a huge bunch of whiners. Yes the utilities could have been better prepared, but ultimately, take responsibility for yourselves. If you knew it was all over the news for a week then stock up on food and water, and do a little something each day to prepare.

Break out heavier clothing or buy some, prepare your residence for extreme weather, get a little extra food, water, and medicine.

There are areas in our country that deal with those temperatures for weeks on end and they make it ok.

Whine, Whine our gov't needs to warn us, whine whine...our gov't needs to take care of us, whine whine...where is our gov't, why isn't the mayor in town, why does Joyce Wilson make more money than me...

It's no wonder El Paso is the bastion of liberal, entitlement seeking helplessness. I'll bet you pay attention to the weather channel next time!
Barbara

Los Alamos, NM

#2 Feb 11, 2011
While Las Cruces wasn't affected to the extent that El Paso felt the effects, we did get some of the rolling blackouts.
I'm self employed and took (for me) a big financial hit from 3 days of disconnected Internet service. I'm worrying how I'm going to make up the loss and cover my bills.
While I'm working on creating a revenue stream, I'm not to the point where that can cushion me when I'm unable to work.
(While I tried working elsewhere, the business I went to was also affected by the blackouts.)
Ralph West EL Paso

United States

#4 Feb 11, 2011
Act of GOD yes! could have been better prepared,,you bet ya!
STFU tomas

United States

#5 Feb 11, 2011
tomas wrote:
What a huge bunch of whiners. Yes the utilities could have been better prepared, but ultimately, take responsibility for yourselves. If you knew it was all over the news for a week then stock up on food and water, and do a little something each day to prepare.
Break out heavier clothing or buy some, prepare your residence for extreme weather, get a little extra food, water, and medicine.
There are areas in our country that deal with those temperatures for weeks on end and they make it ok.
Whine, Whine our gov't needs to warn us, whine whine...our gov't needs to take care of us, whine whine...where is our gov't, why isn't the mayor in town, why does Joyce Wilson make more money than me...
It's no wonder El Paso is the bastion of liberal, entitlement seeking helplessness. I'll bet you pay attention to the weather channel next time!
well why don't you just keep youyr F******* mouth shut and stick your opinions where the sun don't shine!
burt tomas go to hell

United States

#6 Feb 11, 2011
Burt wrote:
Edward Hernandez, you are a moron. You and thousands like you are the problem in El Paso. Too stupid and lazy to take responsibility for your own idiocy....sp!cs rule this town and that's why it's a **** hole.
you and tomas can both kiss the a** of all the other folks who suffered at the hands of the electric company, the water utility, our dufus mayor and city council and you clueless burt and tomas who must either work at city hall or the water or electric company. Jerks is what you all are.
im not a plumber

El Paso, TX

#7 Feb 11, 2011
el paso times has an editor??? humm, interesting...
Ralph West EL Paso

United States

#8 Feb 11, 2011
tomas wrote:
What a huge bunch of whiners. Yes the utilities could have been better prepared, but ultimately, take responsibility for yourselves. If you knew it was all over the news for a week then stock up on food and water, and do a little something each day to prepare.
Break out heavier clothing or buy some, prepare your residence for extreme weather, get a little extra food, water, and medicine.
There are areas in our country that deal with those temperatures for weeks on end and they make it ok.
Whine, Whine our gov't needs to warn us, whine whine...our gov't needs to take care of us, whine whine...where is our gov't, why isn't the mayor in town, why does Joyce Wilson make more money than me...
It's no wonder El Paso is the bastion of liberal, entitlement seeking helplessness. I'll bet you pay attention to the weather channel next time!
Go sell that BULL to someone else! I bet If you thought you were wronged you would be first in line to SUE!
Ralph West EL Paso

United States

#9 Feb 11, 2011
Burt wrote:
Edward Hernandez, you are a moron. You and thousands like you are the problem in El Paso. Too stupid and lazy to take responsibility for your own idiocy....sp!cs rule this town and that's why it's a **** hole.
SURE LOSER EVERYONE BUT YOU IS A MORON?
tomas

El Paso, TX

#11 Feb 11, 2011
No, I don't worm for city hall or anyone else. After working for the Air Force, I now work for myself. I have kids to care for, and yes it was an inconvenience to have a frozen water pipe and rolling blackouts but preparation made it an inconvenience instead of a disaster.

I stick by my previous Whiner comments, don't like it I jog along the Rio Grande and NM state line every Sunday AM (yellow jacket) come tell me in person.
james russell

El Paso, TX

#12 Feb 11, 2011
What is the matter with the whole group of you people. The home owners in Horizon probably did not know where the pipes in the homes were routed. The codes have changed and in some areas instead of thick ridged copper pipes there were either thin walled pipes or pvc pipes that should have been used only for landscaping. How can you know as a home owner where your pipes go if no one tells you when you buy your house. THE home builders should advise the buyer the pipes are either routed through the concrete or through the walls and the ceiling. TO Tomas, maybe you can see what some are about just because your were an Air Force enlistee does not give you the right to demean people for being frustrated with the stupidity of the Utility Companies.
james russell

El Paso, TX

#13 Feb 11, 2011
The Utilities are governed by the city and the state. The city has the power over the El PAso Water utilities and the Electric Company has a franchise with the city and a permit to operate with the state of Texas which governs how they operate. They as much admitted that they postponed upgrades in their report to the state when coming out of bankruptcy. That they would take down both generation stations and just rely on the power from the four corners Palo Verde plant is ridiculous. The City should have been better prepared. Years ago when the Electric Company had a fail safe problem and the entire El Paso and southern New Mexico region were out of power for over 13 hours (luckily when it wasn't cold.) the El Paso water utilities didn't have to worry about burst pipes or valves and the city survived with the Police department on call personnel manning the phones and the street intersection and bank buildings to prevent burglaries. Our water utilities managers were well aware we had not back up generation abilities and did not prepare for such a problem happening again. The hospitals worked on their back up generators and patients that were on special devices were located and transported to a facility that had the back up generators available to assist their medical devices. It is time for the City "Fathers" to get their act together and replace the plumbing codes to a much more rigid standard. IT must enforce the code to reflect what has happened and have the builders make sure that all pipes are protected to 0 degrees temperatures. No PVC in the ceilings and walls. For a builder to leave pipes exposed to an open ceiling area which is ventilated to the outside is stupid. City Council change the codes for plumbing regardless of the whining of the builders. I know they are going to say the cost of building would be more but not that more in materials costs. It is time that the City council also make sure that the EPWU be proactive in getting backup generation for all the facilities and pumping station well insulated to prevent freezing pipes and valves.
cowgirl888

El Paso, TX

#14 Feb 11, 2011
Edward Hernandez of the westside wrote:
"As I lay on my belly in an 18-inch crawl space for a fourth day in a row capping a fourth broken water line, I could not help but wonder why the city did not tell us, in advance, of the worst freeze on record to cut off our outside water lines and drain them.
This would have prevented 90 percent of the disaster that unfolded."

Thank you, Mr. H!!! Finally, someone around here who has sense! IDK why someone else on here put derisive comments on here about your letter, but IMO it's by far the best one.
Furthermore, the water utility keeps reminding us of how the pipes from the streetside to our properties is the owners' responsibility, HOWEVER, I think that THEY could have taken it upon themselves to educate us on turning off our water supply to avoid frozen and/or bursted pipes. Not that they want to show any compassion for their customers, BUT a huge part of the reason for the lower levels of H2O in some reservoirs was because of all the water flooding out from so many different broken pipes!
ezbloop

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Feb 11, 2011
I found it incredulous that the city of El Paso chose to keep the star on the side of the Franklin mountains lit during the midst of the rolling blackouts and severe outages (I'm not kidding. I saw it for myself as I sat in my unheated, dark house). What was that all about? What's good for the goose isn't good for the gander?
JOHNNY

Las Cruces, NM

#16 Feb 11, 2011
I find it incredulous that El Paso Electric couldn't heat their generating plants. They DO have all of the electricity to do so.
Incompetent boobs.
ep student

El Paso, TX

#17 Feb 11, 2011
got news for you Jack Horn... our rates are goin up and I will put money on it that the next time we have a hint of arctic weather, they'll pull the blackout card again so they can raise rates AGAIN..

and ya im sorry but isnt it the mayors job to make sure the co that we get our energy from is prepared for things like this????
If your in charge... YOUR IN CHARGE... no excuses.
JIMMY JANACEK

Vista, CA

#18 Feb 13, 2011

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