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Letters: Improving LI power service

A Long Island Power Authority truck is among

A Long Island Power Authority truck is among those arriving to make repairs in Belle Harbor a couple of weeks after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

Newsday argues that privatizing the Long Island Power Authority would invite market forces to turn LIPA into a power company we can count on ["A good start to remake LIPA," Editorial, Jan. 8].

Market forces only exist where there is competition. Long Islanders have no other source of power to turn to. A private monopoly's obligation would be, first and foremost, to its own management's salaries and then to the stockholders.

With no competition, there would be no incentive to keep rates low, improve service or spend money on infrastructure before the next superstorm.

Robert Gerhardt, Huntington Station

A private utility was tried during the tenure of the Long Island Lighting Co. without success. In fact, the results were dismal.

Jerry LaForgia, Lynbrook

The writer of "Start burying power lines" [Letters, Dec. 20] believes underground lines would protect us from storms.

I live in the same town as the writer, and my development of 70 homes, built in 1994, has underground wires. However, half the homes lost power for 10 days after superstorm Sandy. Underground wires are not the answer.

Rhona Pincus, East Meadow