From time to time there are items in the news that interest me enough to want to comment but not enough to want to devote a whole post to it.
Here are a few recent items that I think are worth mentioning.
The Boston Globe has an Op/Ed piece about extending commuter rail to Fall River and New Bedford. (Registration Required) It's the author's view that the state cannot afford to maintain the existing infrastructure and has no clear funding lined up to pay for construction of the New Bedford/Fall River line. On top of that where is the state going to come up with the 26 MILLION dollars needed to operate the line annually?
Lefty's view: I have to admit, I too have been questioning if we can really afford to do this project.
Hess is once again predicting success for its proposed LNG facility in Fall River. (Registration Required) Spokesman, Gordon Shearer, stated he was "cautiously optimistic" that the plan would eventually get through all the hurdles while admitting that the strong opposition against had driven the estimated costs up by as much as 75 million dollars. Fall River's mayor, Ed Lambert dismissed Shearer's statements as "spin" intended to comfort nervous shareholders.
Lefty's view: Once upon a time Ed Lambert was considered foolish to try to oppose a facility that would certainly be built, today that certainty has become "cautiously optimistic".
Fall River has announced it's annual Clean and Green initiative. The city is asking residents to do their part to help clean up Fall River. DPW director Kenneth Pacheco states that the city cannot do it alone and urges everyone to do their share!
Lefty's view: Taking pride in the community you live in goes a long way to making it a better it better place to live.
Preserving a Treasure
St. Anne's Shrine was rededicated after recent renovations. Fund raising helped pay for the $250,000 dollar project that returned one of Fall River's best known landmarks to its former glory.
Lefty's view: regardless of ones religious beliefs St. Anne's is an absolutely breathtaking structure that deserves the support of the entire community to aid in its continued preservation. The fact that the city has such a fabulous and awe inspiring structure is part of what makes Fall River special.