Out of context and all incorrect.
Final disposal of the Used Fuel has already been paid for by the ratepayers. There are two charges on every kilowatt-hour sold. One for the Decommissioning Fund and one for permanent disposal of Used Fuel. By law the used fuel will become the responsibility of the government, and it will pay for the disposal with the money in the fund. But there is no place for the Used Fuel to go right now, thanks to Senator Reid and anti-nukes. So the plants have to pay for it in Dry Casks, and they want the money already paid back. Federal courts have supported this and a lot of money has already been given back to several plants.
The NRC will continue to regulate many aspects of the decommissioning work, particularly the radiological safety. They just don't approve the overall plan. The owners and contractors can break up concrete without NRC approval. ...(full comment)
Fourth-graders should NOT be placed in a middle school. This is a good decision, and it's rather unsettling to me to think that at some point, someone thought it was a good idea to put these children in a population of kids at a significantly different developmental stage.
What still worries me a lot is that the Newton Street School serves, arguably, the greatest population of at-risk students; by that, I mean the pupils coming in from the nearby homeless hotels, who are already suffering from transience and disruptions in, or absence of, what most of us would consider to be a normal childhood.
If this town is going to continue to house this large homeless population, we need to take a much savvier approach to placing at-risk children. Those hotels are forcing kids to grow up too fast, and not in a good way. Placing them in middle school too early is just asking for trouble. ...(full comment)
You also have not acknowledged the costs to serving such a large development in your estimation of the tax base. Also note that Walmart's leases often include clauses that prohibit competitors from occupying their spaces (if they leave for some reason) for 7 years - leaving the town with an empty shell for that time. ...(full comment)
$15/hour? You have that in writing? I have heard nothing of the sort. And you really think Walmart has become so successful by enriching communities? The evidence to the contrary is on the ground all over the country - again, you would think places like Holyoke, with all their big-box chain retail, would be thriving, but we know that's not the case. I am not anti-capitalism, I am anti-taxpayer-subsidized capitalism, and that is Walmart's entire business model (hence the poverty wages, which still require employees to use public subsidies to stay afloat, and the deserted downtowns in their wake). ...(full comment)
This proposed NED pipeline is unnecessary and a travesty of Kinder Morgan greed that may permanently destroy five square miles and much more, of Massachusetts' pristine land, farming, and water resources: all for this company's efforts to syphon off a U.S. asset for private gain. The enormous compressor stations, connected by the flimsiest possible leaky pipelines, will be belching VOC's, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, arsenic in tons over time, and God knows what else. This will permanently poison air, water and soil in this entire region. It is very clear that this company has no moral compass, and no regard for human health and well being. The meetings offered locally can best be described as Kafkaesque: where these amoral salesmen present lies and death with bland indifference. If a foreign national came to this land, and enacted this, there is a word for that. "Accidents" may, through insurance, may ultimately benefit their bottom line. It is appalling that eminent domain for private profit is becoming policy for the Federal Energy "Regulatory" Commission. It is not in place to regulate the behavior of these entities who pay their salary. It is increasingly evident that it is in place to regulate citizens while they are stripped of resources, property and even their lives by private corporations.
Your wrong about the tax base. Sales and property tax will greatly help Greenfield's bottom line. Add 200 new entry jobs and you will help our homeless neighbors pull up their boot straps. Walmart it self has admitted they will be paying $15 per hour. Your just anti capitalism. I hope Walmart comes to Greenfield. I will no longer order my family needs from the internet. I will then spend my hard working money in Greenfield. ...(full comment)
First, this will NOT increase the tax base - study after study shows that the services towns must provide to these types of developments do not pay off in sales taxes - just the extra policing alone will make it a wash. Second, great, a Wal-Mart as a new "entrance" to town - as if Walmart is always known for its beautiful architecture. Please. I'll take the trees. ...(full comment)
I am totally against big box stores (or even small ones) that don't pay a living wage and treat their employees badly as Walmart's history has shown anyone who can read. Does anyone who does support a big box actually believe that if Walmart came to town they wouldn't be the death of the small businesses in town? They'll hire locals then fire them before the benefits kick in, it's not gonna help anyone in Greenfield. There are now 3 dollar stores in town, the last is quite large so anyone wanting cheap, poorly made, sure-to-fall-apart-in-a-week underwear, you now have plenty of choices. Or you can shop at Wilsons or the Outdoor store and buy really nice made-in-America items that will last you for years. You get what you pay for. ...(full comment)