See what you miss when you pay your bills online?
Has your phone bill risen lately? Mine did, by $2, due to an arbitrary increase from $19 to $21 for my long distance.
I inquired as to the reason and whether it had been approved by the Public Service Commission. I was referred to a fine-print paragraph in the previous monthly bill, which stated, in part: "Price and fee increase notices for certain services are provided by Web only, at att.com-increasenotices. If you don't have Web access, call the number on your long distance bill for rates/increase notices."
I do have Web access, but only by the slow dial-up connection. The phone company will not provide DSL broadband service (reasonably priced or not) to my rural address. Even so, they still bombard me in print and e-mail to pay my phone bill online, which I refuse to do.
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The PSC has not had authority over this aspect of phone service since about 2005. I had to call the Federal Communications Commission to complain. Anyone can do this by calling 1-888-225-5322. As I recall, you will have to select "0" on the menu options to get a person.
I might never have noticed this less than 3 percent increase in my phone bill if I had been making payments by credit card or automatic withdrawal from checking, considering the variation and proliferation of other confusing charges within the phone bill. Think about how this might be affecting the revenue of the phone company, especially if it receives few complaints.
Ronald B. Blackburn
The budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and supported by the Republicans is nothing short of criminal and sociopathic. These people have made their priorities perfectly clear: It's more important for one of their big business cronies to get that yacht he had his eyes on, or that second home in some faraway tropical location, than it is to protect basic social programs for America's most vulnerable: the elderly, children, disabled, impoverished.
They want to cut Medicare and Medicaid while giving a tax break to the super rich. Aren't these people supporting this budget even ashamed of themselves? I'm glad there is karma.
Angela M. Arnett
Help 'one and dones'
It didn't surprise me when the NCAA Tournament basketball game was close between the University of Kentucky and Princeton.
When you have seniors pursuing other careers versus freshmen showcasing talents for an NBA career, it's going to be close. The senior team has played together longer, which can sometimes offset the outstanding talents of the freshman team.
I didn't think I would ever say this, but I agree with former Indiana coach Bobby Knight concerning the "one and dones." There should be a two-year contract so these young men can mature a little, take courses on how to manage their money and make friends who will last a lifetime. It wouldn't hurt to have a home church to attend. Even presidents have this.
Welcome to Kentucky
Let's check the state of Kentucky.
■ An alleged Croatian war criminal has been hiding out in Stanton and some of the people there (per The New York Times) believe "she done nothin' wrong."
■ A 15-year-old may have killed two adults because they wouldn't let him text his 12-year-old girlfriend.
■ A couple in Berea who got busted for trying to sell their baby got busted again for pimping teenage girls.
■ Two yahoos in Lawrenceburg, in a dispute over either a woman or a power mower, cut off another yahoo's beard and forced him to eat it.
■ A 2-year-old child of a 14-year-old mother died after drinking a meth-lab concoction.
■ The Herald-Leader receives and often publishes a stream of hate mail from cretins clearly the spawn of backwoods snake-handlers and spotted salamanders.
■ A Republican bigot (am I being redundant?), gambling-addict senator says you can hate gays if you do it in Jesus' name. Did I mention Rand Paul, the ventriloquist's dummy? Or Mitch McConnell, who carries his own slime trail?
■ Kentucky made the Top 10 list for most depressing states and the Top 10 list for domestic violence. It's the preferred punch line for countless jokes about obesity, rotten teeth or no teeth, and Mountain Dew and oxycodone addicts.
And y'all want to kick out all the Mexicans. Why? Are they making the white people look bad?