News That Matters
"When the shining light of liberty has been turned off, who cares about the rule of law?"
Good Thursday Morning,
Tilly Foster made the news again this morning (see article). The county Executive and Ann Fanizzi both support the proposed deal with George Whipple while pretty much everyone else is confused, some angered and others justifiably incredulous. In case you've forgotten just what's in that proposed contract, I ran a casual analysis of it back on December 3rd which you can - and should - read here.
Dawn Powell reports again from the Free State of Putnam Valley. This time it's on a recent Planning Board Meeting and it's quite a write-up. Check it out at the blog. Dawn's unabashed and casual observances are a much needed addition to the life of citizens in Putnam Valley. If you attend meetings in your town, why not write them up and post them to the blog?
Now that gasoline prices have dropped quite dramatically, have your driving habits changed? Have you gone back to being a road warrior or did the patterns set when gas was $4 a gallon stay with you? Or, did you ignore the cost of gasoline and keep on driving?
According to news reports, it costs $37 million for the state of Maryland to execute people sentenced to death. The article says, "Both New York and New Jersey recently abandoned the death penalty after weighing the merits of a system in which tens of millions of dollars were being spent with virtually nothing to show for it." With prisoners spending an average of 12 years on death row the costs have risen astronomically over the years.
Tomorrow (Friday) is our weekly Things To Do Edition and to tell you the truth, other than the amazing puppet show at Arts on the Lake, I have precious few events to note. If your organization or group has something going on this weekend or into next week, send it along.
And now, the News:
By MICHAEL HILL | Associated Press Writer
The Green Party of The United States supports workers occupying a factory in Chicago after layoff: bailout money isn’t being used to help working Americans
By Andrew C. Revkin
For weeks, there’s been a growing chorus — from the incoming Obama team to community-welfare campaigners and environmental bloggers — pushing for building the economic revival around “green jobs.” So far the focus seems to be mainly on rebuilding physical infrastructure: insulating leaky low-income housing, building wind turbines, improving the clunky electrical grid and the like. These are, by almost any measure, logical starting points for an effort to cut America’s energy bill and carbon dioxide emissions while restoring prosperity.
“This massive leakage from toxic tailings ponds are yet another reason why tar sands oil is dirty oil,” said Matt Price, Program Manager, Environmental Defence.
ScienceDaily (Dec. 9, 2008) — A wave energy plant located in the sea outside Lysekil, Sweden has been quite successful. In his dissertation for Uppsala University, Rafael Waters* is presenting findings from the experimental facility, in which he has played a leading role in designing and constructing.
Blue trails have the incredible potential to stimulate local economies, encourage physical activity, improve community pride, and make rivers and communities healthier.
By FELICITY BARRINGER