Larry Moorehouse's Oct. 26 letter, "We need smart managers, not meters," on smart meters raised a serious issue of priorities.
I have read material that is highly critical of smart meters, and that reports several northern governmental bodies have opposed them. Some Glendale officials, on the other hand, have asserted smart meters are the wave of the future and will make the operation and monitoring of our public utility more efficient.
For the point Moorehouse makes (and with which I agree), for the sake of argument let's accept the latter view. The question then is: Why now, when our antiquated utility structure is starved for money to correct existing failures? For example, in order to barely balance this year's water-works budget (even with a rate increase and a one-time $2-million drawdown of rate-stabilization funds) Glendale Water & Power officials have said they will have to defer 11 of 20 water-works capital improvement projects aimed at correcting systems that have already failed — such as the replacement of the Adams Hill, Western, Canada, Kenneth water mains (as well as the replacement of five others).