You could say the switchboard lit up with complaints recently following a story about Ameren utilities seeking permission from the Illinois Commerce Commission to impose a fee on paying customers to cover their losses for the non-paying ones.

You could say the switchboard lit up with complaints recently following a story about Ameren utilities seeking permission from the Illinois Commerce Commission to impose a fee on paying customers to cover their losses for the non-paying ones.


"Why provide the Jerry Springer deadbeats with one more way of beating the system?" asked one.


"Where's Hugo Chavez when you need him?" asked another.


"Plain stupid and wrong."


"Ask Obama for help, Ameren."


"I say we leave Illinois and leave the lights on for them to pay!"


"Why exactly should those of us who have jobs and bust our butts to pay our bills be penalized and forced to pay for those who don't?"


"Please pray for America!"


Funny, because don't Ameren's intentions pretty much describe America's current health care system, which seems to be just fine and dandy so far as millions of change-resistant Americans are concerned?


Aside from the merits or lack thereof in Ameren's request, at least give them this: They're being up-front about it, unlike countless health care providers and other businesses that hide their cost shifting.


Peoria Journal Star