Everyone likes a good laugh, especially during the holidays, but the PUC’s decision to grant electricity producers a 14 percent increase was anything but funny.

With inflation still below three percent, it was absurd to grant such a huge increase, even if natural gas prices are fluctuating and supplies are tight. Natural gas is still available; it is just being manipulated. It is the PUC’s job to prevent consumer gouging and producers’ gorging. The commission failed in its appointed task.

So, Merry Christmas to the fat cats. The rest of us will be slimmer next year.

Mark Wood, Poland

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