Ed has done an unimaginably large and wonderful thing in revitalizing downtown. I hope that this can get worked out. It would be so bad to lose these anchors to our cultural and economic vitality. ...(full comment)
The candidates' business appears to benefit from water comodification that is going on in other regions of North America. Water is "commodified" by diverting it into control by investment interests, who are then free to sell it to the highest bidder. With water shortages in the U.S., and all over the world, one wonders if this local business has much interest in the human need for water, or if this will aid both her bottom line and other investors grab of U.S. resources: and what ties to wealthy investment interests (pictured at a party with Donald Trump) mean for Massachusetts water.
We now face this at home. We are going to become an extraction colony for the .01% unless folks begin to become truly informed . . .
Maura Healey won the primary as AG- Thank God! because her opponent, John Miller, is part of an international construction law firm with ties to fossil fuel investments in the Middle East, and is being put in place to aid in overturning our State Constitution. Sadly, our Massachusetts business community is being duped by promises of cheap gas to turn our state into an extraction colony.
The candidate for governor, put up by investment cartels is Charlie Baker: yes, Big Dig Baker. He says his prior involvement in the obscene 28 billion dollar Big Dig is "in the past" but we, as taxpayers in Massachusetts, will be paying this off until 2038. He's been involved in Bain Capital style investor coups in health care, with inflate costs to insure ratepayers and massive cuts to jobs: and now he's back to honcho another big infrastructure project to benefit the .01%.
Then there is the candidate opposing Denise Andrews. Photographs are flooding the internet showing Ms. Lee with a giant semi automatic and partying with Mr. Bankruptcy, Donald Trump. Oh, and she happens to own a company that sure looks like it will benefit when MA water is the next commodity for investors. With such ties in a small community, this is quite concerning.
"Unenrolled" is nothing more than a Democratic Party trick to maintain control over elections. The correct word is independent, as in Declaration of Independence. Democrats were looking for a word that conveys a connotation of impropriety, and unenrolled was the one that seemed to convey that the best.
Independent voters are United States citizens who are registered to vote, which is all that should be necessary in order to participate in the United States government. Before the election of 1800 all voters in the United States were independent voters because there were no organized political parties in the United States. President George Washington said that political parties and their members and candidates for office were the ones who were doing something wrong, not independent voters.
After two hundred years of political party control, we now understand that George Washington was right. Independent voters do not like to be called unenrolled. Voter registration is all that should be necessary. George Washington called political parties "self-created societies". If you are going to call independent voters "unenrolled", how about calling political parties "self-created societies"?
It is only fair. ...(full comment)
The date for the Montague Business Association Shredding Day is incorrect in this article. The correct day is Saturday, September 13. If you could run this correction in the Talk of the Town and the Neighbors sections it would be much appreciated. ...(full comment)
As one of the people who is working in the resistance to the pipeline, I can't help but wonder about the the history of LaFleur's statement, which seems outrageous. How can FERC be so clueless about what's at stake here? Or do they not care? Is FERC so in the pocket of these huge corporations that they are dead to the reality of what these pipeline projects mean to us who live and work and build lives that will be destroyed if this pipeline goes through? Did Cheryl LaFleur really say, word for word, that FERC doesn't have time for environmental studies and they don't care about where this gas is going?
Thank you for your letter and for keeping this issue alive. There are now dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website. I have read every single one of them, and it is clear that segmentation is illegal and is huge threat to the people of Sandisfield. It is also clear that Kinder Morgan is trying to circumvent due process so they can sneak their project past us. We must make sure they do not act above the law and that the public at large is made aware of what is happening to our community rights at the hands of $100 billion corporations. And, we must make sure that FERC hears the voices of the people they're affecting, loud and clear. ...(full comment)
Oh, and gas investment interests are completely exempt from superfund legislation, so Kinder Morgan was quite serious that accidents and spills create "job opportunities" but only if "communities can organize" in getting things cleaned up. Are these the kind of jobs we want for our children in Massachusetts. Do a google search of superfund sights already in Massachusetts, and communities like Woburn that have ongoing cancer clusters decades later. Where is our health department????
Jennifer, I'm representing the Pipeline Resistance and we would like to know your citation for Cheryl Lafleur's statement. Did you speak to her in person or on the phone or via email? To make such a statement indicates a level of negligence that causes considerable concern; we want to make sure her statement is completely -- word for word if possible -- accurate. Thank you very much for your letter and for continuing to keep this very grave subject in the public eye.
To date, there are dozens of interventions and comments on the FERC website, many personal testimonies that make it very clear that this project, if it goes forward, will be a disaster for our Commonwealth. Thanks again. ...(full comment)