Over 160,000 homes in Maine and 200,000 in neighboring New Hampshire were without power this past Thanksgiving holiday, because of a relatively small storm that was fast-moving.

The program that is in place by our utilities is as obsolete as a Rolodex. Instead of trimming a few branches here and there, we should be cutting trees.

These power lines are in the right of way of our roads. Have the state partner with our utilities and muster an effective program to eliminate power losses.

We are all very dependent on power these days. To lose so much power over this storm is outrageous when the winter hasn’t even begun.

Lucien Langlois