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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

2 responses to “RIPUC applies band-aid to utility shut-off problem”

  1. salgal

    I wonder if there is a mechanism whereby the citizens of RI, could sue the state to force them to disband the PUC as it currently exists, and plan for a design that includes members of the public and community orgs. This system, which of course includes the structure and composition of the EFSB, is blatantly skewed, inefficient, incestuous, unfair and mostly, UN-DEMOCRATIC. Those boards represent two interests only, those of the Governor and those of industry/corporations. Let’s move on to a more enlightened and intelligent design.

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  2. ellen

    It has been quite clear for a long time that the PUC consists of politicians with pull but no conscience. The board is too small, too corporate, too callous, and too removed from the lives of ordinary Rhode Islanders. Salgal is correct. We need to move on to a more enlightened and intelligent board, one chosen not by the governor but by some representative body of citizens. Meanwhile, the George Wiley Center and Camilo Vivieros deserve the admiration and gratitude of all local progressives for their dedicated and ongoing efforts to bring some glimmer of democracy to a state dominated by a corrupt oligarchy.

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