There has been many complaints, stories, and reasoning behind the issues affecting our island utility agency. Published complaints, stories, and reasoning still do not make things any better for the people living the uncomfortable darkness. The CUC stickler continues to run our lives and now the on-going, longer outages is causing major problems. Take for example;
1. Electrical appliances breaking down;
2. Frozen foods spoiling;
3. Food poisoning from foods refrigerated in temperatures unacceptable to keep edible;
4. Generators running stores to keep open, cost is being transferred to consumers;
5. Increased inconveniences from outages as we cannot plan ahead, outages do not follow the schedule provided;
6. More of outages than that of non-outages;
Cost is significantly high for each family to try and get away from the inconveniences by taking time out from home; and,
7. The usage of candles has increased significantly due to increasing evening outages.
These are just a few examples of how the CUC issues are sticking it to the consumers. Do they actually own up to all these inconveniences? Have you read in the paper the load shedding schedule? I am sure you did... Can you trust it? I don't think so. Most businesses, in particular restaurants have lost a significant amount money from spoiling of foods due to these outages, but who cares right? Even the utility agency says what can we do!... Well, if we cannot even cater to this problem, what more about declaring the CNMI as a place to invest, build a home, retire, grow tourism, advance on education, opening of the airport for incoming and outgoing flights, and the safety of the community. This problem is more severe and has major consequences.
I thank our Washington Rep. Pete Tenorio on stating a "Humanitarian Disaster"for the residents of the CNMI, at least it is being seen by one of our most respectable leaders, which in fact, the people are truly living in a disaster, this is very true.
Just another taste of my thoughts on "Commonwealth Under Candles", our very own CUC.