Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Power, prison and well... power
The announcement came over the wire last P.M. about the PSNH (Mayor Boob's boss) proposal to buy the Fraser Berlin papermill and use said mill for a wood burning power plant. I guess that's great. The impact and requirement study should take 6-8 months. My concern here is that since this area is soooo badly hit by economic woes, and given the dynamic, back room, tax payer funded, real estate duo of Danderson and Gallus, that anything might be allowed to be placed in this still beautiful area for the price of a few promised jobs, and most certainly many promised campaign contribution $$$'s and real estate fees to the personal pocket book. Good government there eh?
That brings me to the announcement this A.M. from US Senator Judd Gregg's office that the now impending Federal can will actually start ground breaking January 2007. There are a purported 300 permanent jobs to be gleaned from this huge project. I asked Mayor Boob at my last CEDC annual meeting if we could get assurances from the Feds to use local NH contractors on this construction job and he said" We don't demand anything from the Federal government". Thanks Bob, I'll remember that when you get to DC. The hang up here had been those pesky environmental impact statements for the 3 pieces of property the Bureau of Prisons were reviewing and the ever watchful eyes of the people trying to avoid and possibly catch yet another illicit, back room real estate dealio in the offing. I am quite sure this sale will score more than going ATV State Park rate of $185K, to the current district 1 State Senator. You know, you can't get away from that type of dirty, ethically questionable binezz when you do said binezz in the Righty, self serving State Senator's/real estate mogul's backyard...
Keep this in mind as well, the lack of support for one aspiring INDIE solon is a definite vote for the aforementioned, integrity challenged bad guy. By the way, the lovely pic was done by the love of my life, Margaret. They are genus purplis standingup flowerus. Nice.
Even if the federal prison includes 300 permanent jobs, few, if any, will go to former mill workers. Those guys are too old to be corrections officers.
I saw Danderson on the late news. What a putz.