Editor:

A sign above the drive-thru payment window of the New Bern Utilities Building states “Thank you for your business.”

While I paid my bill I was touched by the appreciation the city has for resident business but wonder why it’s necessary.  The city has a monopoly on the selling of electricity to New Bernians unless residents happen to be serviced by Duke Energy.  

The alternative to doing “business” with the city is to do without — or put up some form of alternative energy source, not a likely alternative for most residents.

Maybe the sign should read “Thank for not doing without — but it you don’t pay promptly we can help there, too.”

John Phaup, New Bern

Ed’s note: Letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions of New Bern Post … although in this case it does.

2 Comments

  1. Utilities (electricity, garbage, water) are the only things in New Bern that are MORE expensive than in Northern Virginia. And that’s sad.

  2. Show me a city in the US where you have a choice in utilities and I’ll move there. We live in a market moving closer and closer to an oligopoly … not a monopoly. At least, we can have a direct interaction with those in charge.

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