Letter: Smart Meter Arrests: 'No Longer a Free Country'

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I am so saddened to learn of the brutal treatment these Naperville mothers received for wishing to not have Smart Meters put on.

Originally, Smart Meters were not to have been forced on anyone in America but encouraged. The opposite has come to pass and it's only in hard won states in our nations where there is even an Opt Out program. Even the claims of "good" these Smart (?) meters do have not panned out to be true.

However, the harm these devices bring to our bodies, families, neighbors, and citizens is bad for all of us unless you are a fan of sickness, cancers, even early deaths. To learn that these women were treated like this in the United States of America shows me that this is no longer the United States, home of the free.

This is a dictatorship land where the government rules the people, whether they like it or not. Our country will not stand as a super power long like that. All we need to do is study history to see that. Poor mothers, poor America. 

Jessica Terner

Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 06:32 PM
For a Police Officer the definition wouldn't apply, but for the City of Naperville Utilities it would be as they need to get their work done in a timely and effective manner without enduring more cost in overtime or repeated trips to install the meters! Please answer the question about the car and the fire hydrant. You can't!
Arch January 30, 2013 at 06:35 PM
The order here wasn't lawful....the cops are not enforcement thugs for the power company...without that administrative warrant from sect26 the cop was violating that taxpayers 4th Amendment rights.
Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Duhh wrong again. Get it through your thick coconut skull already. The electrical dept.meter insers are a division of the City of Naperville just as are the Police. Still no warrant needed as #26 doesn't apply. Call the legal dept. at Naperville and see what they say.
Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Still don't have a clue about the car and fire hydrant! Figures!
NaperDad January 30, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Tyrone, that was one of the other issues I have with the city and why I back these two women. I did reluctantly opt to pay the extortion fees for the non-wireless (non-transmitting since by definition, both versions are wireless) version and was told by the city that we were on the list. Lo and behold, the city came by in a 10 minute window that both my wife and I were out and installed a wireless (transmitting) meter. We asked to have it switched and were told no. We asked around the neighborhood if anyone else had their meter installed that day, NO. So, the city made a special trip to install ours and waited for us to be gone. Apparently they didn't want anyone to talk to or have to explain why they were installing a transmitting version against our wishes.
tyrone biggums January 30, 2013 at 08:40 PM
NaperDad I'm sorry about the bait and switch you experienced with the city. When they were installing the meters in our neighborhood with the police escort, my wife talked to them about installing the non-transmitting meter. They were kind and respectful to my wife as she was to them and informed us that if we go to the Naperville finance department that day and pay the install fee they would be back the next day and install the non-transmitting meter. If we did not show up on the non-transmitting list the next day, then the transmitting meter would be installed. The installers even talked to our neighbor on our cell phone because we knew that they also did not want the transmitting meter and the offered them the same deal. Both my wife and neighbor went and paid that day. The next day they came and installed the non-transmitting meter. It was the same people from the day before including the police officer. They showed my wife the difference between the two meters. No big stink, people being arrested, threats of dogs being shot or rights being violated. While this is not a victory because paying to opt out I agree is extortion, I will be voting for anyone running against the 4 councilman that are up for re-election in April that supported the smart meters. Then hopefully they can work on a solution to the current meter problem. Sometimes it better to work within the system for change than going against it.
D Smith January 30, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Buford Pusser January 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Arch must be at the library or on the Internet trying to come up with an answer!
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 01:11 AM
A utility easement is an easement which gives a utility the right to use and access a specific area of a property. The area covered by the easement is usually clearly defined in the text of the easement, and the easement is attached to the property deed so that it will persist even when the property is transferred or sold. People who are researching the purchase of new property should definitely take the time to have the title researched to learn more about any outstanding easements and other things which may restrict the use and enjoyment of the property. Utilities can request an easement for any number of reasons. A classic example of a utility easement is an easement which allows the power company to run electrical lines along a property, and to install utility poles if the property is long enough that the lines cannot pass over the property without support. The utility has the right to utilize a strip of land for the lines, and to enter the land to access the lines for maintenance and repair, which can include tree trimming, replacing rotted utility poles, and so forth.
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Other utilities such as water and sewer companies, gas companies, and phone companies may request utility easements. For the utility, crossing land is often easier and cheaper than going around it, and if an easement deal can be worked out, it will save the utility money in the future. In other cases, a utility needs to cross private property to bring services to someone else, as for example when a lot is split in two and the back house needs access to water, power, gas, and so forth. Without an easement, the utility would not be able to guarantee provision of services. When property is split or lot lines are readjusted, utilities may take an interest because the change may require a utility easement to address concerns about accessibility to utilities. Likewise, when land is being newly developed, easements may be put in place to accommodate the need for roads, utilities, drainage, and so forth. Having an easement gives the utility the right to use the land, but the utility does not own it. However, the property owner may encounter certain restrictions on land use in an area covered by a utility easement. For example, if a power company has a utility easement, the property owner cannot plant tall trees in the area of the easement, because they could interfere with the power lines. Likewise, a swimming pool could not be dug out where there is a buried gas line.
soccermomof4 January 31, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Are you done with your Public Relations statement?
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Just educating you Soccemom that the meter installer was legally within his bounds. Thus no trespassing or criminal intent!!
Oswego mom 2011 January 31, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Property rights. We lost that long ago. Just pay your property taxes and shut up. Government is in control. Time to face the facts. No one will ever "own" property in this country again.
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 03:26 AM
And how so Oswego mom?
Oswego mom 2011 January 31, 2013 at 04:49 AM
If you do not get the fact that government over regulates and controls almost every aspect of taxpayer lives, how about you give an example of exactly what we are "free" to do. Put up purple curtains on the windows of our over taxed homes? The only thing that drives up a mortgage payment of a responsible homeowner is the insatiable monster of the government. Take note: a responsible homeowner fighting a battle in this state that cannot be won. Just like In the Blues Brothers movie. Nazi Illinois. Funny back then. Gotta laugh now.
Michael Hunt January 31, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Will somebody please rescue soccermom from her conservative fantasy of government tyranny??? Maybe call in the national guard! HAHAHAHAHAHA. Seriously. Come up for some air and join the 21st century. Thank you.
Buford Pusser January 31, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Soccermom are you done with your hot flashes???
NaperDad February 01, 2013 at 02:12 AM
So tell us Walking Small, are you married? Do you sit in your stained skivvies telling your old lady to bring you another beer while you make up more falsehoods on blogs? Is that the "real man" that you are? As for me, I'm very happy to own a company that provides me the flexibility to surprise my kids and pick them up now and again from school, cook dinner and help with the shopping now and again. I also volunteer in the community and coach many sporting teams. Are those things all not "manly" enough for you?
Buford Pusser February 01, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Interesting! Downers Grove went to the smart meters almost two years ago and you didn't hear squat or the residents complain about it.
Oswego mom 2011 February 02, 2013 at 02:11 AM
So it's easier to insult people than to answer what should be a simple question. Typical
soccermomof4 February 02, 2013 at 01:30 PM
If someone is concerned about the privacy issues associated with smart meters then they DO NOT have a choice. Because both meter options the city offers are both smart meters. The non wireless meter alternative (NWMA) IS a smart meter.
citizen February 04, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Bufford answered all your questions nicely. You were blasting at him from all directions. When emotions get this high it is impossible to get people to hear you. If you are so angry, no one can say anything that you will hear. This is not a good place to be. Let's be civil - it's okay to disagree. Stop believing the worst in people (not just soccermom but everyone on this board). People in leadership positions are not always out to get you. Our leaders LIVE here in Naperville and have smart meters too. They believe them to be a safe and cost-effective option. So you disagree. Screaming (figuratively) on the Patch board or screaming (literally) at cops who are accompanying utility guys who are just trying to do their legal jobs is not the way to be "heard" nor to get your message received by others. Let's be nice while we debate the issues.
Justin February 04, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Lets put an end to this smart meter nightmare that Naperville is currently in and allow the 1% of our citizens to have the meter they choose on their house. In my opinion, the city is dragging this out and it is only getting worse with time. First with the lawsuit now arresting our residents. I just think it is pointless to keep this going over 500 holdouts.
NaperDad February 04, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Well citizen, first of all, the city council had the luxury of a choice. That's something that didn't offer to the rest of the citizens. They even fought tooth and nail and blocked the request for a referendum vote. They didn't want to know how many citizens disagreed with their choices. Lastly, when it comes to civil discourse, you might want to read some of Buford's post before you hold him up as a shining example and defend him so.
citizen February 04, 2013 at 05:33 AM
NaperDad, please don't put words in my mouth. I did not hold Bufford up as a "shining example." Those are your words. I said he answered Soccermom's questions nicely. Which he did. I don't agree with the way he spoke in some comments - demeaning to women specifically. But that doesn't negate what he said earlier. Are you so fired up you want to fight everyone that doesn't agree with you? Is it okay to disagree with your point of view?
Buck Naper February 05, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Everybody should be aware that the heavy hand of Naperville government doesn't just come down on smart meter opponents. Take a look at page 525 from DPU-E code, included in tonight's city council packet. READ CAREFULLY: 14.2 DPU-E hereby reserves the right and authority to gain access to, inspect and test any Ccustomer-owned equipment which is connected to DPU-E’s system.14.3 DPU-E shall be the sole authority to determine whether any Customer-owned equipment connected to the DPU-E’s system causes or may have a deleterious effect on the quality of service provided by DPU-E to its Customers. 14.4 DPU-E hereby reserves the right and authority to require the Customer to install, at the Customer’s sole expense, any such wiring and equipment which DPU-E determines is required to prevent any deleterious effects on the quality of service provided by DPU-E to its Customers. Get the message? the DPU-E can come to your home without a warrant, check your appliances and wiring and say that your old air conditioner or washing machine "may" cause a problem. They order you to remove the unit, and if you refuse to comply, they can cut off your electric power, a basic necessity to live. The city has shown that they will not tolerate anything but 100% compliance. When did government become the master, and the citizens become the servants.
NaperDad February 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Well Walking Small, I spoke with someone that was actually at the scene and they confirmed CBS was indeed there. In addition, from the Naperville Sun article today: The pair were charged at Stahl’s house, where they had summoned local media, after installers attempted to replace the city-owned analog electric meter with the wireless version that is part of the smart grid network.
NaperDad February 09, 2013 at 03:17 PM
So tell me again Bill that CBS wasn't there.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B2gAi6R7Lg
NaperDad February 09, 2013 at 03:18 PM
So Walking Small, are you still standing by your "CBS was not there"? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B2gAi6R7Lg


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