POWER: Unprecedented

For sheer obfuscation. nothing quite matches the sloganeering of public v.

private power partisans in the Pacific Northwest. Pro-public advocates cry that the slightest evidence of private enterprise is a "giveaway" of the natural resources bequeathed "the people'' by the Almighty. Pro-private advocates shrill that an inch of dam-building aid from any government source amounts to a mile of "creeping socialism" and a rape of the "American Way." Under such a bombardment of absolutes, the electorate often loses the real problem: how to get cheaper electric power under specific conditions in...

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