I agree completely with Kansas State Sen. Chris Steineger that the Board of Public Utilities should be dismantled (10/28, Opinion, “As I See It: Only solution is to dismantle BPU”). BPU officials have crowed for years about having competitive water and electric rates. Even if that’s true, the public relations price of this out-of-control, never-under-control agency has been too high.
Let’s face it: The BPU is the last big cesspool in what was the swamp of Wyandotte County. Steineger’s plan to sell the electric operations and incorporate the water operation into the Unified Government’s public works department would work.
Mayor Joe Reardon and the Unified Government commissioners should step up and complete the political and economic makeover of Wyandotte County, even if it means putting some friends, relatives and associates out of work at the BPU.