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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 “People demand to be heard on Invenergy water sale at Woonsocket City Council meeting”

  1. salgal

    Heartening to see Woonsocket folks taking the podium. I was impressed by their thoughtful comments and their confidence in addressing the City Council. Always powerful to hear the Burrillville warriors. They are really remarkable and tenacious. People from all around the state and neighboring MA and CT should testify on Jan 6, as well.

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  2. Fred

    I’m glade Nick mentioned the Russian, Michael Polsky who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Invenergy. Since when is it a good idea for someone to move here from Russia and start controlling our air, land and water?

    Something else I have not heard anyone mention is that this plant would be able to be controlled from a remote location on a laptop computer. This plant is going to do more than just produce electricity.

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  3. Fred

    “And like my mom always says, ‘If the decision is about the money it’s the wrong decision”

    Burrillville Town Council President,
    John F. Pacheco III

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  4. Peter Nightingale

    RI Department of Health asthma data:
    http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/burdendocuments/2014Asthma.pdf

    Nice Energy Facility Siting Board “process” you got there, Governor Raimondo, too bad if something were to happen to it. It might make your Invenergy friends think that RI has a hostile business environment.

    https://twitter.com/Peter_Night/status/811566814010507265

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