Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chinese trains

I'm kind of giving up on the fight here in Carver in some ways, having lost the battle over the Purchase St solar project. Which was the thing that got me involved in watch dogging Town Hall in the first place. But since our town threw some great people under the bus, and then reversed back over them again, & one of my friends and allies in this fight sold his house and got out of dodge, that puts things in perspective. I was in the fight for them mostly, and we lost big. And my time can be better spent fighting against bigger fish, hopefully with better results.

But I do plan to follow up on the annual Town Meeting 2014 shooting down my "Buy American" amendment to the latest solar projects. In my opinion they did this by taking away my rights, and I plan to correct that in due time.

My latest efforts are at the state level, where I plan to fight the latest scam, the MBTA $500 million + contract for new Orange and Red Line trains to Chinese company CNR.

For my first post on the Chinese train scams, I share with you this tidbit of info that only scratches the surface. Losing bidder CSR will be building our trains, all profits going back to their parent company, the Peoples Republic of China (PRC)! Who may use some of that MBTA money, to help build their next ICBM, or maybe their next generation jet fighter.

Stay tuned as I do my best to prove that this contract is not only unethical, it's also illegal.

Phil

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Buy American now 'Out of Order'?

On Monday June 16th 2014 I attended annual Town Meeting in Carver, Ma. I was particularly interested in Article 13:

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I was the second resident to speak on Article 13, and through the Town Moderator I offered an amendment:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bringing prayer back to the Town of Carver

I want to thank Selectman Marrone for bringing prayer back to the Town of Carver.

Personally I'm probably not the most religious person to be commenting on this, but I have great respect for the faithful, and for the founding fathers of this country. The Founding Fathers were men of faith, who were guided by their deep religious convictions. Our Federal and State governments have hundreds of years of precedence of saying prayers at the beginning of meetings and sessions. After the US Supreme Court recently ruled that legislative bodies such as the Board of Selectmen can begin their meetings with prayer, there was no hesitation on the part of Selectmen Marrone to bring this issue forward for a vote.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New School Project

The town of Carver needs to completely refurbish the current one, or build a new elementary school, there is no question about it. The current school is rated 5th worst in the state, by the MSBA.

Previously there have been 3 town votes on this topic, and all have fallen short of getting enough votes to move forward. I've noticed over the years that the town is very divided on many issues, this being at the top of the list.

I support doing something to fix, or to build a new school. But I also understand that there are alot of folks in town that might not be able to afford a big property tax increase. Each dept. budget should have to cut back a little bit, maybe 2-4% where possible. The CPA should be reduced to 1% (from 3%) even temporarily, for a couple of years. Every little bit that could bring down the total project cost could help.