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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “Burrillville requests 45-day postponement on power plant hearing”

  1. salgal

    Any reasonable human being reading this story from anywhere, not knowing the history of the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) would conclude it is obvious that Invenergy operates off the grid of SOB. The current controversy that shadows every decision made or not made by the Board, is that the Governor appoints the people on the Board (by their title and role in state government), who will ultimately decide the fate of Invenergy’s proposal. And the Governor, well before any application was submitted by Invenergy, promised to do everything she could to ensure the plant would get built. Let that sink in. The EFSB is supposed to be impartial. Detached. Above board. Yet the Gov is their boss. The Gov also happens to be BFFs with some very powerful proponents of the plant. It’s all nearly tied up with a nice bow. We are all TRUSTING THE PROCESS as the Governor has repeatedly flapped on about to plant opponents. NEARLY tied up with a bow…..bit of a qualifier there.

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    1. Fred

      Let’s hope they care more about other people than they do their jobs.

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    2. Fred

      I would also like to add that the Governor’s coattails are not that long, and are getting shorter everyday.

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  2. A very strange way to conduct a hearing- The EFSB hears motions to dismiss Invenergy application

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