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Snow, climate change, green jobs and Governor Baker

By Gordon T. Davis

On February 9, 2015, the trains in Boston shut down at 7 p.m., and Governor Charles Baker was surprised and embarrassed. After all,  he ran for office on the platform of making government work, pointing out the weaknesses in his predecessor’s administration.

If nothing else,  government should be able to remove snow and make the trains run on time.

In response, Governor Baker shut down Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties.

Governor Baker also ran on the platform of reducing the budgets of certain agencies and commissions, such as the MBTA.  During his press conference yesterday he implied that heads would roll because of the snow and train problems. I was hoping that Jon Keller of Channel 4 news would ask him whether he was rethinking the reduction in the State budget as the right way to get the trains to run better.

Was the gas tax referendum a mistake?

Ron Bouchard, a weatherman on Channel 7, said on air the historic amount of snow is due to climate change. He said that no one alive can remember these amounts of snow.

I wonder how much trouble he is in now because of his comments!

In many ways Bouchard has opened the door to a conversation that Governor Baker touched on. Boston being a city in which global companies are headquartered and operate is being shut down again by historic snow and cold that the State government cannot handle. Maybe it’s time to rethink priorities – or at least hire some consultants from Moscow or Oslo. These cities have trains that run in massive amounts of snow and the freezing cold.

Although I do not think that City Manager Augustus has any backbone when it comes to dealing with the Worcester Police Department’s record of lack of transparency, I do think he has some good ideas regarding green energy and jobs. Let us hope that this course of action is not too little too late and can be used as an example to State government. He has proposed solar power arrays at the Greenwood landfill and at Beaver Brook Park.  He has proposed LED lamps for street lighting. I think that solar arrays on the tops of the underutilized public garages would also help.

I once thought that the Winter of 2011 was a once in a life time event. I can see now that it was a new normal New England winter: relatively mild autumns but FEET of snow in the winter – snow accumulation that does not melt until April. This may be our climate for the rest of our lives. It will be common for the State to ban travel and people will not be able to get to work.  Students will be kept out of school for days. Although not on the minds of many politicians, these conditions are now the new normal and governments will have to adjust themselves.

Ron Bouchard let the cat out of the bag! Climate change or global warming will mean extreme winter weather. Extreme winter weather is upon us now and will likely get worse.

Governor Baker looked clueless at his press conference and his budget is a reflection of his cluelessness.

With each snow event this year, green energy, green jobs, extreme weather infrastructure and transportation will beat their way into our political consciousness.

Hope gov-elect Charlie Baker reads this editorial …

… because this is how it feels for most of us Worcesterites! Read this editorial from The New York Times because the right-wing Telegram and Gazette editorial board won’t print the truth for ya and former Democratic hero and Mass Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, now making $200,000 a year at the Chamber of Commerce, urged everyone to VOTE WRONG ON THE BALLOT QUESTIONS, shitting all over working people (and the environment). Murray, this past election, was anti-living wage, anti-expanded bottle bill, anti-earned sick time … what a whore.  

–  Rosalie Tirella

Job Growth, but No Raises

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The employment report for October, released on Friday, reflects a steady-as-she-goes economy. And that is a problem, because for most Americans, more of the same is not good enough. Since the recovery began in mid-2009, inflation-adjusted figures show that the economy has grown by 12 percent; corporate profits, by 46 percent; and the broad stock market, by 92 percent. Median household income has contracted by 3 percent.

Against that backdrop, the economic challenge is to reshape the economy in ways that allow a fair share of economic growth to flow into worker pay. The October report offers scant evidence that this challenge is being met. Worse,the legislative agenda of the new Republican congressional majority, including corporate tax cuts and more deficit reduction, would reinforce rather than reverse the lopsided status quo. …

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ICT endorsement: Deval Patrick for Governor! AND: We love Jill Stein, but …

By Rosalie Tirella

… Stein should drop out of the Mass governor’s race. Incumbent Deval Patrck and his main opponent, businessness whiz kid Charlie Baker, are running pretty much neck and neck (as of Oct. 24 – pre-last night’s debate). It was reported in the Boston Globe that Patrick is beginning to break away from Baker (43% to Baker’s 39% of likely voters surveyed), but his lead is so slight that is within the margin of error. So Patrick could still lose to Baker! Even though the Globe poll showed Patrick was considered way more likeable than Baker (I agree), the two candidates were TIED re: leadership ability. Which is killer important here, which is what the people are craving.

For the first time in months, the poll shows, voters really like our Deval! Easy to see during these debates, visits to towns/cities. Patrick shows a lot of compassion and goodness. He reminds us that during this global economic shitstorm, he and his team have been steady as she blows. Massachusetts still has an AA bond rating, and as Patrick told viewers of the debate yesterday: he’s delivered a state budget that was balanced, responsible and in on time. AND: During this shitstorm, Patrick (calmly, it seems) has invested in jobs/job growth (green jobs, stem cell banks at UMass/Worcester, etc) and burnished our ed creds (which on some level means more charter schools but still … .)

Our teachers, cops, fire fighters still have their jobs. Mass cities and towns did not go belly up during this tsunami because Patrick wisely used Mass rainy day funds and fed stimulus money to fill the budget gap. Things will be just as brutal next year! I would prefer to have Patrick sailing the Mass ship (with compassion and intelligence) than Baker who seems wicked smart but too hard and cool for my tastes. I don’t want to see people who care for the mentally disabled lose their jobs! I don’t want poor mothers Continue reading ICT endorsement: Deval Patrick for Governor! AND: We love Jill Stein, but …