Feeling powerless

November 2, 2011 1:25:48 PM PDT
I didn't come up with the line - Peter Kunz, one of our producers, did - but it's a good one, and nails the problem right on the 'ol head. Hundreds of thousands of people tonight are angry and fed up and feeling powerless. Literally.

If you've ever been without power, you know what a pain it is. We are, no matter how bohemian some might think they are, dependent on electricity. For just about everything. Take it away, and life changes. Immediately.

Connecticut is bearing the worst of all this. More than half a million customers - that means a household or business - are still without power. More than 200,000 are without it in New Jersey. Westchester and Rockland counties - with about 20,000 each - are in better shape.

But you can feel the pain of those doing without.

And the hottest commodity these days is a generator.

I got one a couple of years ago. And there's no question, it gives you a different sense of being able to deal with an emergency. You do not feel powerless.

But the individual solution is only part of the equation. Is it time to finally start thinking about moving sources of electricity underground? Lots of people asking that question these days. In the vertical city, like New York, underground electricity is the only viable alternative. But with so many trees in the Northeast, and so many power lines threading the branches, moving utility poles underground seems a not-half-bad notion.

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We'll have the latest on the round-the-clock efforts to restore power, tonight at 11.

And for all those who mash teeth and wring hands over ways to cut expenses and increase revenues with as little pain as possible - a story that will make you mash and wring even more. The FBI this morning busting a dozen people accused of running a massive health care fraud ring. How massive? $95 million massive. The feds claim the ring members turned in phony health care claims - and got paid by Medicare for illnesses that didn't exist. Charming.

And for anyone with a teenager - ages, say, 13 to 17 - have we got a story for you. Yes, they are typically not the same sweet little adorable children. And there's long-acknowledged scientific evidence to explain all this.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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