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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

3 responses to “Olneyville construction site possibly exposing community to lead, other dangers”

  1. RITaxpayer

    “Work on the mill complex is being performed by non-union labor.”

    And there you have it. ALL construction sites in RI have to abide by the same OSHA regulations and pass the same building trades inspections whether unionized or not. If there is such a worry about lead contamination, then notify the Board of Health, but I suspect all is on the up-n-up. The contractors would be foolish, on a job this size, to try and cut corners.

    This is nothing more than the gangs…er, I mean unions complaining because the workers don’t pay dues to obese, cigar smokers in suits, sitting in their offices in Cranston. If RI was a ‘Right to Work’ state like many others, we’d all be better off.

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  2. salgal

    Right to Work? Seriously? Exploitation is a more accurate description.

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