That'll Be $4.50

Here we are in the twenty-first century. Technology moving forward in leaps and bounds. And how incredible is the internet? Anything and everything you want to know right there on your desk top. The internet has probably changed society as much as any development in a long time. You can do so many things with your computer. Research, education, shop on line, visit most any place on the globe, instantly communicate with friends and family even publish local news stories. We are an internet family. All of us use the internet constantly. One great advent is the ability to pay bills on line from the convenience of your home. We pay all our bills on line, or at least we did.

Most businesses offer incentives to use your credit or debit card. Same day shipping, price reductions even 5% cash back. Leave it up to LCUB officials to figure out a way to foul that up. Now, if you want to pay your LCUB utility bill on line, that will cost you an extra $4.50. They call it a "convenience fee." A tax on convenience. That's a new twist. Maybe they could reduce my bill by $4.50 for the inconvenience of not being able to pay on line. Is there nothing that LCUB won't put an extra fee on? They can't be far away from charging a fee on fees. While the rest of the world is moving forward, seems LCUB, one of the largest utilities in the state, would prefer to take steps backwards. Maybe in a few more years, LCUB will go back to taking wampum for payment and communicate with telegraph. I'll be darned if I'm going to pay an extra $4.50 per month just to pay my utility bill. What a blow to modern technology.