From Del. Glen Glass:
Letter to the Editor:
As you probably know, I am deeply concerned about public health and safety. I care about my constituents and that love comes from by profound love of God and my love for the rights that this great country was founded on. So long as I am able I will continue to advocate for health, safety, rights, liberty and the general well-being of all of my fellow citizens.
Last year I introduced legislation, as an advocate for our rights, for individuals to be able to opt-out of using smart meters. I also encouraged everyone who agreed with that stance to support House Bill 878 – “Public Utilities – Smart Meter Opt-Out Option” that would have allowed Marylander’s to retain or restore their analog meters. These meters have proven to be safe and reliable.
The new smart meters are potentially neither of those things. Since they are likely unsafe to the most vulnerable among us: children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with compromised immune system and medical implants, I wanted to give all Marylander’s, but especially those most vulnerable the right to opt-out. I believe the utility companies have an obligation to all Marylander’s, and especially those vulnerable among us to have that right.
I recently had a conversation with Jonathon Libber of www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org about a smart meter in Montgomery County that got so hot it sounded like the sizzling noise associated with cooking bacon. Now I like cooking bacon as much as the next man but I’d prefer it come from a grill and not my utility meter. I also recently spoke with a professor who discussed the legitimate privacy concern regarding these smart meters and their susceptibility to manipulation or worse identity theft. I also have a grave concern that since utility companies keeps all customer personal usage, that this information could fall in the wrong hands and be harvested and marketed.
Another aspect of that legislation would have stopped the utilities companies from charging Marylander’s hundreds of dollars per year to opt out. Marylander’s should not be fined for exercising their inalienable god-given rights promulgated in the Declaration of Independence to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Marylander’s should not have to pay one penny to keep cancer and other serious health risks out of their lives.
I will of course reintroduce this legislation, and with yours and God’s help, we can win this fight!
Your Servant and Delegate