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What prompted the need to eliminate monopolies, and free myself from
being stressed out at the mailbox for
electricity, water, sewer, gas monopoly bills,
was an occurrence with
a quasi-governmental company called FGUA. Now FGUA had come
to our Florida town and took over several water plants. When they did,
the community as a whole,
received some VERY outlandish
bills which were completely and obviously erroneous.
This monopoly had
A cursory glance in any search engine: "FGUA Problem",
and you'll invariably see, monopoly is no choice at
FGUA sent everyone bills with not only a higher
fee, arguably shown to have fudged the amounts to their
advantage, but I decided to stand as stout
as possible and simply refuse to pay. I probably still have the
video of the heated discussion between myself and the landlord over
this issue caused by the overage made by the monopoly.
Not wanting to evict me for my refusal to pay the
extortion money, enough water to fill a large in-ground pool
twice or more when I only ran a small
computer shop, had me soul-searching for a better solution.
I ended up activating my own well for
water and told the water company to turn off their
water, that it was no longer wanted.
If you recalled how the Enron scam was played out, this was/is a
game. It's a numbers game. How it works is that
1-in-10 victims will not do anything but complain, yet will pay
whatever the amount because there are
no real consumer protections anymore (the laws are tailored
pro-monopoly). A smaller percentage will die from heart attack at
their bill before they can do anything about it; their
direct-deposit payment will ensure that the overage is not rectified.
Another percentage will become incarcerated before they
can rectify the overage...(don't laugh, statistically
speaking it's a fact that our once-free nation now incarcerates more of
its own people than most all other countries COMBINED). And still
yet another percentage will become ill, get hit by a car, simply be too
busy to analyze their bill, or any
number of other possible of variables that the error is rewarded in UN-earned
I can go on for two days with all the
myriad of possible assurances availed to the monopolies that wrong is
Even if half of the people that received the ridiculous askew bills
remained stout through
the phone-buffers, and pursued the public relations group in an
effort to rectify the wrong, the monopoly
still profits from the other half of their "customers".
One of the neighbors within my community affected by the gross
caused by the egregious actions of FGUA, was an old man. That old man
owned a busy
custom tire store on US19 and had just prior to the overage returned to
his store from the hospital to receive the ridiculous bill for water, water he could not
possibly have used. He had been at that store for probably
since his parents owned it. That old guy ran into the
damning control of the monopoly when they turned his water off for
refusing to pay the WRONG amount. We're not talking a few
hundred gallons here, in my case it was a few thousand gallons
overage! Whereas my poor
old neighbor stood proud not willing to be manipulated and
extorted. Though he was visibly not recuperated from the
hospital he had recently been released from, for weeks he had to
put his pride in the corner and come
to my store to ask for water, and not just him! In
Florida, the predominant number of people are on fixed-incomes
due to their age, soon after FGUA sent our community those bills a
number of people simply were put out of their homes because of the
unplanned snowball effect. When you are on a "fixed"
(fixed for whom?) income, there is surely no room for unexpected and
undeserved exploded costs (this is not an
exaggeration, the timing was right in the middle of the banking / real
estate "scandals", together many ended up leaving the homes they thought
they'd be dying in).
The aforementioned is only one example, though long-winded, of
why I ended up wanting to
rid my life of monopoly control as much as possible. Then
there's the religious reasons, "be ye separate" and "let thine own
cisterns water thee".
We don't ever wake up and expect the
monopoly to give us anything for free. But when the monopoly
adds a fee erroneously, we turn dumb.
The overage prompted me to go
down to Harbor Freight to purchase a 110v water pump, and Home
miscellaneous pipes and filters, and began to read and watch the videos
on how to create your own well (and to my surprise, there was already a
well on the property!).
We were only 6 feet above the underground water supply (the aquifer) and it
ran right under our community!
So, with the aid of the well pump, water became
They still sent us a bill each and every
though we discontinued using their "product", and declined their
"service". That's right, the plutocrats instituted a new
"law" allowing their monopolies to send you and I a bill for no product
and no service. The friendly epithet is referred to as an
"availability of service fee". Can you imagine
that? I was furious and simply had to find a way to get rid
of this chain of manipulation, profiteering, and racketeering. My
Bible says "be ye separate" and "let thine own cisterns water thee",
the "powers that be" stated it was a law that I must give them money
every month (for nothing).
I was renting that building and
owner he can evict me but I refuse to be extorted. For fear
of a Lien by the monopoly over his property, the landlord paid
(ensuring that the monopoly won still).
landlord was lined up with the rest of the cattle to the
slaughter (a Lien against his property would be the inevitable next
step to force him to pay whatever the monopoly dictated....or become
more indebted trying to fight the issue in their
The video I still probably have to this day, is of the landlord and I
having a heated dispute because of the monopoly error, and my unwillingness to
pay. I remember how he erupted out of the store and I
followed to hear his angry words....I remember him grabbing a steel
pipe in which to lift up the water main cover that was in our parking
lot, and then stooping to visually compare the bill's stated amount and
that of the meter in the ground WHICH WAS STILL IN THE OFF
I remember him shutting
up when he saw with his own eyes.
But, as luck would have
it, God sent a storm that knocked down the ceiling and roof and flooded
the building which was my clear cue to leave ";-)
You don't stick
around when a roof falls in!
I had contemplated leaving anyway because of this fgua issue, and saw the
storm as something from a higher decision-maker.
Luckily, since moving to Ohio, people like Mr. Tim seen below,
proved to be a great
help in overcoming some deficiencies. He donated dozens of
canning jars which today hold pickles, peppers, and tomato
sauces. He brought jackets and tarps and pens and pads and
shoes and dammit if that aint from God then I don't know what is!
And if I'm going to mention Tim, I ought to mention
Vickie. I have yet to find a button to push with her
(no, seriously...she is incapable of being angry...I've tried). She
even brought me the first apple tree and had she not done so, I'd
die never probably ever having obtained one! The next generation
will eat from the tree she made happen.
And if I'm going to mention Vickie, I ought to mention
contributor to kenny-kind, my mom:
Truth be told, she has made these final years my best years on this
Enter: Columbia Gas.
Columbia Gas was
ousted a couple of years
ago after they pulled a fast one on the bill they sent to me. So by
antics the money saved after paying that entity off, demanding they remove
the meter from the house, was allocated toward a generator (a
Initially Columbia Gas, the gas monopoly, was merely being disconnected for the
spring/summer months. I had done this the year prior and
probably the year prior to that, disconnecting service because it was
not needed during the warmer months.
However, this time the
monopoly was unable to send one of their field
persons to come and disconnect the service promptly. They rather, choosing to wait for
solitary DAY into the next
billing cycle, manipulated an
additional amount of money due to the disconnect running into
another billing cycle (extorted, manipulated, coerced,
profiteered, racketeered, and the ilk, pick your word). So
now that the gas monopoly is gone and it's been that way for more than a couple of years now.
I also have one less entity telling me I owe them
something each and every month.
THIS CONCLUDES HISTORY
Our Nation CAN
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