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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

One response to “Providence City Council grapples with Johnston/Invenergy water resale deal”

  1. Kcinri

    This project is really starting to piss a lot of people off.

    A 1915 law that enables Providence to construct water reservoirs and sell water has not been amended in the last 100 years! You mean to tell me through the entire Industrial Revolution, not one corporation, company, town or city came along and thought of selling Providence’s water for profit while Providence gets no return on their treatment investments? Providence has had to have been screwed on other deals throughout the last century?

    Time to re-write the laws on the books. This just opens the floodgates for 3rd party purchase of water: Precedent setting. Horse is out of the barn now.

    Also, look closely to Johnston’s contract with Invenergy…there’s no clause in there that prevents Invenergy from re-selling water to any 4th party. Where does this madness stop?

    Greed is what drives this, plain & simple. Power mongers will stop at nothing whether it is right, wrong or unnecessary.

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