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This week: Leak of the Week; Rivera Controversy "Ludicrous"; Obama Disappointing

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Leak of the Week

Darn it! There's a new leak at Vermont Yankee.

Imagine a football field with end zones. That is roughly how far away this new leak is from the old one found last year that Entergy has been remediating ever since.

Dang, it was in another calm, late Friday afternoon announcement that Entergy released the latest leak-of-the-week. No one knew much about it, not even Larry Smith, spokesperson for the reactor. (Where's Rob Williams?)

My, oh, my, I remember fancy hydrologists and geologists and other fill-in-the-blank-ists Entergy trotted out to the open house last year to assure us public folk (aka "stakeholders") how much control Entergy had over the massive leak of last year. That was the one from the pipes underground, below grade, buried or out of sight, about which Entergy had told the Public Service Board (state regulatory body), the Department of Public Service (supposedly the ratepayer advocate, yet certainly another beast under the former Douglas administration), the citizen oversight panel, and the public, "There is only one pipe underground that used to carry radionuclides. It was capped years ago. We consider that issue closed."

Gosh, just a couple of weeks ago in 2011, Entergy tried to explain to the regulatory board that it wasn't the pipes that had leaked radiation into the soil, it was the cracked concrete trough in which the pipes sit.

Jeezum crow, maybe I just don't get it. Is Entergy now going to search for a new broken concrete trough buried underground or below grade, or will it be searching for the source of the leaking tritium, strontium, cesium, cobalt, etc. that is nowhere near where the experts had thought Tritium would show up if it is related to the earlier plume? I had always thought this country made really good concrete back in the days of plenty ('60s and '70s). Another illusion from my youth bursts before my eyes.

Shucks, just to clarify a gray area between the only federal regulator of nuclear safety, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the group likely to approve the relicense bid because they have denied none so far), and the quasi-judicial PSB here in Vermont, the NRC does not differentiate between below grade concrete troughs and buried pipe, yet this is the way Entergy tried to spin it to convince us Vermonters that Entergy had not intentionally misled the PSB when it said there were no underground pipes.

By golly, truth& untruth. Lead & mislead. Vermont owns the ground under the reactor. Entergy does not. Leak after leak, this is not law-abiding behavior. Who enforces the laws? Apparently no one. After all, it is only radiation. It changes the gene pool, if the experts remember.

Gary Sachs


Rivera Controversy "Ludicrous"

So I saw the article by Maureen Turner about Amaad Rivera becoming the latest Springfield City Councilor due to the resignation of Keith Wright ("Baptism by Fire," January 6, 2011). I have to say, given the sometimes racist and homophopic undertones and behavior during the election, I was not surprised to see there was some "debate" over his induction.

That said, I find the latest "controversy" over questions of his "ability to serve the ward effectively" ludicrous. I first encountered him at a public event in Holyoke during what was supposed to be a question-and-answer session which he essentially turned into a debate in which he went toe to toe with Governor Patrick on Massachusetts economic policy. From my experience, this young man has often been, as they say, the "smartest person in the room."

Which leads me to my question about Tim Rooke's involvement in the inquiry about Amaad's residency. Is this the same Tim Rooke who endorsed and supported a Republican candidate in the last gubernatorial race? If he wants to talk about rules, I could have sworn there were provisions within the Democratic Party system to expel any member who endorsed a candidate from outside the party.

Now, I don't want to be accused of picking on Tim, as half of the politicians who call themselves Democrats in Massachusetts are by any measure anything but, particularly if you actually compare their "positions" to the Democratic plank which some may recall certain leadership in the party tried to disassemble at the convention in Springfield several years ago.

In the end, I just have to ask when the Democratic Party will actually grow some balls and really start standing up for the values they claim to when it counts, not just when they are seeking election or re-election.

Ronald Rene Patenaude
President, UAW Local 2322

Editor's note: The bylaws of the Massachusetts Democratic party state that a member of the state Democratic Committee can be removed for "public support for or financial contribution to an opponent of a nominee of the Democratic Party which nominee publicly supports a majority of the platform of the Democratic Party as adopted at the most recent state and national Democratic conventions." However, there is an escape clause: "A member for whom a long and deeply held belief would be violated by support of the nominee shall not be removed under this section."


Obama Disappointing

I voted for President Barack Obama so that he would carry out the business of governing. He seems to have abandoned this fundamental duty of the presidency. It appears he has decided he will govern business.

The federal government is spending itself out of existence. It has poured money into states and is now attempting to charge interest on the money sent to the states. Michigan is a prime example but not the only one.

Unemployment benefits have been extended time and again because money was sent from the federal government to the state governments. Now the federal government is expecting to get that money back with interest.

In order to "help" these states, the federal government is examining whether or not it will allow states to go bankrupt in order to restructure their debt. This is insane.

To top it off, the President is relying on an "Economic Panel" that is now headed by the CEO of General Electric. In exchange for four or five thousand jobs, GE is being allowed to provide dangerous technology to the Communist Chinese.

This president, when confronting corruption and ignorance on the part of Wall Street banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers, decided the way to fix the problem was to throw Americans out of their homes and give cash to the thieves. It is unfortunate. He has such great promise as a president and then he surrounds himself with parasites and fools.

Alfred Brock
Wayne, Mich.

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Tim Rooke is a issue.

Posted by aaron on 2.1.11 at 14:09

Mass Awakening

Indeed it is long due: Mass Awakening Transition to a Resource Based Economy!

Wake up, the smelly stink of greed and power is calling. Look out for each other by caring and sharing with empathy now. No longer just complain about the many problems, take action and provide loving solutions such as a Resource Based Economy in your community and all over the planet.


Mass Awakening Coordinator

TZM MA Chapter

Posted by Eron on 2.2.11 at 7:13

Casinos are back in the mix in Mass! The governor does not want slots at the racetracks in Massachusetts. I am not a visitor to these track venues but I do realize that these businesses have pumped millions of dollars into the state economy for many many years. As casinos have become popular in the last 20 years the racetracks have suffered revenue loss and been dictated to that no dog racing can be had in our state. Now the governor wants to drive the final nail in their coffin by not allowing slots at their tracks. Take note of other tracks throughout the country that have casinos or slots and they are still viable businesses! There is no reason why these taxpaying businesses in our state shouldn't be allowed a small piece of the pie to keep them alive and a alternative to just casinos. The horse racing industry in this state is taking a backseat to mega casinos and no one cares about what they brought to the table for the past 60 years to this state. When does the state start caring for its own and show some loyalty to its long standing tenants.

Posted by jim girard on 2.4.11 at 16:30

The Gifford Shooting

Predictably the gun control lobby, really the victim disarmament lobby, wants more prohibitions on guns. They do not get it, it does not matter what kind of gun a law abiding person has, he will not kill anyone with it. Then they rant about particular types of guns and want them outlawed. They ignore the fact that most of those types of guns were produced at the behest of government, not sportsmen. Then the same people will want early release for murderers and other violent criminals.

The problem in this case ( and columbine ) is control of the mentally ill. The poor go to the state mental hospital and the court forever declared them mentally ill, thus unable to purchase a firearm. The rich and the locally influential go to private doctors where mommy makes sure that sonny boy does not get labeled mentally ill. Then when they finally do something serious that mommy can no longer cover up and the true history comes out, we all wonder why the person was even loose in the streets in the first place.

Posted by Robert Underwood on 2.4.11 at 16:58

No Robert, the entire point of the gun control lobby is to enact legislation to remove private firearm ownership. and then we can reposess these weapons of mass destruction and incarcerate all who have them in their posession. And the day will come, so fight all you want now, you remind me of those who rallied, protested, cried, and threatned acts of civil disobedience over the abolishment of slavery. Most went along with the change begrudgingly, but upon adoption learned their fears were foundless.

So yes, you are right to fear us if you want to maintain your weapons of mass destruction. On the other hand, if you want to be a positive contributur to the Great Society, we welcome you to join us!

Posted by tiedyeguy on 2.8.11 at 12:37

Surprise, surprise, the person praising Rivera and criticizing Rooke is an organized labor hack - and a former Democrat candidate for state senate.

Posted by Bill Dusty on 2.8.11 at 13:01

Rivera single handly stopped the Forest Park Middle school project which has been a much needed renovation for years. He is a grandstander and and a disgrace to the childern who attend the school..

Posted by aaron on 2.8.11 at 14:30



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