The situation would be helped if everyone who voted for the administration that instigated this invasion - would each take full responsibility for one or two who, strangely, all have nearly identical stories. Support, room, board, schooling, health care and the follow-up family members who claim to be related should be a minimum commitment by those who support this illegal/immoral campaign. Wait - that's not going to happen, do I hear? OK to spend other people's hard earned wages for illegals but no so much for bama voters? Now there's conviction for ya. With bama, its OK for other countries to defend/support their borders but not for our citizens. Hypocrisy. ...(full comment)
Sheldon Whitehouse schools Senate Republicans (a.k.a. "The Deniers") on the reality of climate change.http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/07/30/global_warming_inhofe_still_denying_reality.html ...(full comment)
You alluded to this once before, crank, and it's just not true. Not in the kind of volume you've inferred at least. The bulk of MB's clientele are going to Hannaford's & Shaw's, at least until the battle is decided. Nothing against the local growers, but it's a matter of philosophy based on economics. Low prices are what brought shoppers to MB. They're not about to say 'hell with it, where are the $5 tomatoes?', just because MB is currently unavailable. Plus, I polled some of the growers at the Saturday Farmer's Market here in Concord. They confirmed what I suspected; you're dreaming. ...(full comment)
This has brought shoppers to all our local farmers' markets who never bothered to visit them before. You can't get anything any fresher than buying it from the guy or gal who grew it and picked it this morning. ...(full comment)
For Linda Douglas: nice parable.
For LaurieFenwick: You make some good points. And it is true they aren't all small innocent children caught up in this immigration web, but many are and like all small children, they are where they are though no fault of their own, and they all possess precious human souls. If I have to pay higher taxes to help care for them, I'll figure out a way to do it.
The real problem you alluded to is that we are creating too many babies in many parts of the world. Maybe it is time for the religious zealots to stop fighting not only birth control, but even the teaching of birth control knowledge. Population control should not be one of those terms not spoken in polite society. Of course, education and economic growth are important too, but we do at least talk about those things. ...(full comment)
For all we heard about the poor health this girl was in upon her return home, she sure did make a remarkable recovery in no more time than a week. Abigail's ability to write a letter home during 'captivity', his two arrests during this same nine-month stretch, the police sketch looking nothing like the alleged kidnapper, and the apparent good physical condition upon her return, all suggest Abigail may've initially gone with Nathaniel Kibby willingly (presuming NK is the right guy). I would not be surprised to find out the relationship has its roots in an online meeting. Abigail's age still ranks it as kidnapping in the eyes of the law, however. I'm simply saying the facts, as they've been presented by law enforcement, are not consistent with a forced kidnapping. The letter, and her good health, also betray any extended residency in a locked container. The cartoon character in the police sketch suggest she did not want Kibby caught (again, if they've got the right guy). I believe she went willingly, and returned home when the relationship had played itself out, and/or, when Abby became homesick. That's my take on it, with no apologies to Ducklady for dabbling in her pond. ...(full comment)
One of the limiting factors is that Main Street stores close around 5 or 6. I could see the value of the lighting if stores were looking to stay open into the evenings but I honestly don't see that happening. Sounds like these funds could be better allocated to other aspects of the project ...(full comment)
LaurieFenwick - where do you think those $20 jobs came from? From the fired CEO. Do you really think the corporation will continue to offer those well paying jobs under the new leadership? THAT's what's being protested here. And why is it so important to you that these employees get back to work? How does it affect you? If it's because you miss the lower prices at MB, then you can say goodbye to those under the new leadership as well. Get a clue, woman. ...(full comment)
Let's talk about failed policies. The trickle-down and supply-side theories have been around for nearly 40 years and in all that time, have they helped? Taxes are low. The job-creators have all the money they need to create jobs, and yet they don't do so. How, exactly, has Reaganomics HELPED? How are those policies, that conservatives cling to, helping now? How much more time should we give them before we decide they don't work and never will? (It would be nice if conservatives would give Obamacare as much of a chance of working as they have Reaganomics, but they declared "it doesn't work" even before it was fully implemented.) ...(full comment)