BOB KINSLEY, West Richland
A small trivia question: What product of man's ingenuity has remained unchanged, unimproved and yet still in constant use since inception back in the 1700s? Answer: the omnipresent blight on every community's landscape -- the wooden telephone pole.
Enlightened developers, such as whoever platted and built the LuAnn Estates houses in West Richland many years ago, had utilities placed underground -- no unsightly telephone poles. The heartaches and headaches wrought by storms (not even as bad as Hurricane Sandy) would be so much less if electric lines were underground. And why aren't they? Because it's more expensive. Yet utilities are regulated; they don't lose money. If the cost of their power source, e.g. Bonneville Power, goes up, so does your bill.
I must be missing something and I'm sure someone will advise, but I don't understand why electrical supply is not required to be provided underground.
As an example, think about this week's high winds which sent many tree branches onto utility lines with resultant power outages in our community.