10/12/2013 9:00:00 AM Editorial: Local arena wrong venue to debate Smart Meters
Last week's APS Smart Meters discussion before the Clarkdale Town Council should serve warning to Camp Verde and Cottonwood that they might want to take a bye on this one.
What's happened with the grassroots campaign against Smart Meters in Sedona and the Verde Valley is typical of what too often is the case with environmentally based lobbying efforts: The message is one-sided. It is often exaggerated. And the proponents are often rude and disrespectful.
As we reported earlier this week, the Clarkdale meeting was punctuated by gasps, scoffs and shouts from some of the audience, especially when members of the council questioned facts or reigned in public comments that went over their allotted time.
And when Councilman Bill Regner correctly emphasized that a local municipality cannot prohibit Smart Meters, he was rudely rebuffed in what can only be described as mob mentality.
To which Mr. Regner politely replied: "This is where your argument loses people. This is where you lose me."
The current scare tactic campaign against Smart Meters is reminiscent of what we have previously heard in years past about everything from cell phones to microwave ovens.
Our local city and town councils have more important matters to discuss and debate, and they can do it with people who can be civil.
Finally, Mr. Regner is absolutely right in questioning why such a debate is even taking place at the local level. The Arizona Corporation Commission is the governing body that has regulatory authority over Arizona Public Service. Take your beef to them. They actually can do something about it.