Comparison not up to snuff

If we’re supposed to be surprised at the news Meilani Schijvens gave us in her Wednesday toast to AELP — that bananas cost more in Juneau than in the “average” U.S. city — I’m sorry, but probably none of us are.

In much of her tribute, we get the feeling that she’s comparing apples to oranges, to continue with a fruit analogy. Comparing the cost of electricity here to small villages in the Interior, where they have to fly in fuel, is not a valid or useful comparison. Would anyone be surprised at the conclusion our hydro was cheaper?

As for Juneau being eighth-cheapest, one can suspect the other seven cheaper than us are also hydro powered, but probably operated as a public utility/authority. That is a comparison that would be interesting!

Tony Tengs

Juneau

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