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‘Plumber’s Fee Adjustment Panel’ suggestion

Posted: February 11, 2010 9:33 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
I read with interest about the residents of the Polynesian Mobile Home Park who protested a proposed rent increase (“City Hall hosts rent-hike ruckus,” The Signal, Feb. 4).   

I was a bit surprised to learn that the city has a “Manufactured Home Rental Adjustment Panel” that apparently controls what a mobile home park owner can charge. I can relate to the issues raised by the residents there.

Just the other day, I called a plumber to fix a faucet. He charged a horrendous sum. I’d like to suggest the city set up a “Plumber’s Fee Adjustment Panel” that would limit service calls to $20 maximum.   

It is only right because I’m a senior and, like most, I’m ill-prepared for retirement and perhaps a little addled to boot. I know some will say I had all my working life to prepare for my golden years and that I shouldn’t have the city cap a worker’s wages.

They might throw “free enterprise” in my face and tell me to shop around for another plumber. They could suggest I grab a wrench and fix it myself, but I’m inept when it comes to mechanical things.   

I also know that I can simply live with a leaky faucet, but my water bill is more than I can manage.  

So, I may be helpless, perhaps a little pathetic, but I am a conscientious voter so I know the city will consider my suggestion about the “Plumber’s Fee Adjustment Panel.”

One more thing. Has anyone noticed how expensive groceries are getting?

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