Letters to the Editor – Oct. 14 – Boulder Daily Camera

Posted on Oct 14, 2011


Editor’s note

A certain amount of trust needs to exist between the Open Forum and its contributors. We do as much fact checking as we can, but letter writers and guest opinion authors, at some level, have to be taken at their word as they express their opinions and beliefs. When we publish a factual error, we follow our newspaper’s corrections policy, and publish corrections on page 2A.

Rarely, a letter is published that should not have been published at all, as the facts that form the entire argument are incorrect. Such a letter was published this week. Because the topic is so critical at this time, we wanted to correct it here.

On Monday, Boulder resident Dan Hersh wrote that his winter home in Vero Beach, Fla., is run by a municipal utility that he believes has unsophisticated management. In what Hersh now terms an unintentional mistake, he said the electric rates have more than doubled since 2007.

A reader alerted us to that factual error. After talking with the utility in Vero Beach and checking with the Florida Municipal Electrical Association, it turns out that the rates have declined over the stated time frame. Year-over-year comparisons that include base rates and fuel costs from 2008 to 2011 showed a decline for each month, January-August. And the rate for 1,000-kilowatt-hours of electric use was $132.17 in October 2007, compared with $114.43 in October 2011. We regret the error.

Erika Stutzman, Editorial Page Editor

via Letters to the Editor – Oct. 14 – Boulder Daily Camera.