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Good example of the closed-mindedness of some people to facts. Big deal over "knew/new", when the content of the article pointed out the toxic emissions pouring out of a location in Dewitt County that endangers not only human health, but also that of livestock. Talk about sifting out the knat and swallowing the camel! FYI, Wilma Subra is hardly a "gadfly". Check out her credentials posted in the Town Hall announcement: "analytical chemist and founder of the Subra Company of New Iberia, Louisiana; holds degrees in Microbiology/Chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana; received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” Award from the MacArthur Foundation; was a speaker at the 2008 Environmental Justice Conference, Princeton University. . .served a seven year term as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), a five year term on the National Advisory Committee of the U. S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and a six year term on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) where she served as a member of the Cumulative Risk and Impacts Working Group of the NEJAC Council and chaired the NEJAC Gulf Coast Hurricanes Work Group." Guess you missed that, HickPerry, but obviously, you probably can't match her credentials, even if you can spell. So, who's the real "gadfly"?
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This blog reads like a good example of the blind leading the blind. One extremist to another, one a believer, the other a non-believer--which is to believe in something other than a divine being. Meanwhile, non-extremist believers in One God and Jesus as their Lord and Savior have on occasion seen a real miracle, which is documented by one, not three doctors (not always Catholic) who have reviewed full medical histories of these folks to make sure there is no other explanation for a sudden return to normal health. See, they, like non-extremist believers in either camp, know that a combination of reason plus Faith holds real miraculous healing in such respect that they would not just accept the word of people who jump up out of wheelchairs night after night. There are other explanations for that phenomenon.
The Diane Rehm Show on NPR today had an excellent interview with two legal experts on Constitutional rights, private property tradition, and the history of eminent domain. One point: because of Supreme Court decision a few years ago, eminent domain can be invoked for projects that are for public use (railroads and highways) but also for projects from which the public will just benefit.
Too bad the Victoria/Corpus Christi stations do not carry the Diane Rehm Show, an excellent source of unbiased,scholarly discussion on many subjects of significance to American public life. Perhaps they should consider it. In the meantime, it can be listened to on-line through some npr stations websites.
Trucks turn over fairly often. But this was an oil field truck which leaked oil field condensate into soil. The location is less than a quarter of a mile from the Guadalupe River and ranch lands where cattle graze.It is in a clear runoff area, and heavy rains could wash this condensate Where was the HAZMAT cleanup activity? Not reported here. Victoria water supplies are at least in part, drawn from the Guadalupe River. Citizens of Victoria, the Eagle Ford Shale dark side has floated down river into your city, and possibly your drinking water. If not this time, then surely the chance is there that it will come at another time. It is time that urban dwellers realize that the Eagle Ford Shale Boom will bring with it a threat to your air, land as well as your water, too. Environmental impact is a real consideration for us all. Please wake up and pay attention. Your children and grand children's present and future health depend on it.
The public need for energy production is an important consideration. Natural resources were intended by the Creator to be shared for the good of all--called the common or public good. It's clear the nation needs energy. However, the right to private property is fundamental to the American way of life. Energy production companies supply the common good of all of us by taking raw natural resources owned by private citizens and producing consumable goods. Owners of those raw materials negotiate reasonable share of the profits from that production through granting the right of access to the producer. A sense of fair play or justice, of balance, of mutual respect should govern the interaction between owners and producers in order to arrive at an agreement. This presumes that both parties are mature enough to understand that "justice for all" requires that their freedom is disciplined by their respect for the freedom and rights of other citizens. Bullying owners with threats, abuse of existing laws and practices, power plays through lobbying for corporate interests over the common good and, a failure to award just compensation to owners or to treat them with respect violate the American way of life and the spirit of America, where mutual cooperation and sharing in the benefits fairly creates thriving economies. It was this spirit of neighborliness that created the middle class. It is corporate bullying and unfair treatment of American citizens that is destroying it, not just in the case of one family and one pipeline, but in every major area of commercial life in this country today, from banks too big to fail to pipeline companies. So, it is not an "either-or"tug of war between citizens and corporations that has brought about commercial success for everyone in this country. It is both in balance and negotiating just mutual benefits with fairness rooted in mutual respect that leads to a healthy economy for us all--the common goodUsing eminent domain to bully fellow citizens doesn't fit into that picture. It is contrary to the American way of life and unpatriotic.
The public good is a real value in a community's or nation's life. Railroads were built across the nation opening up the coasts and Midwest to expansion of commercial interests, and of course with it, jobs and the growth of small towns and businesses across the land. Seems like in those days, the public good and individuals alike benefited from "eminent domain" and it made sense. Private property is also a sacred American value, and Americans have been known to take arms to preserve it--something that I surely do not recommend doing. The point is how sacred a right American patriotism considers "the land I own". Eminent domain and private property rights often come into conflict with eventual settlement being made by the courts.
However, the railroads have been long built, and some lines have faded into history, taking the towns with them. But in the current situation, huge and extremely profitable gas and oil corporations claiming eminent domain are transporting a product from which they alone will profit, unlike the goods carried by the railroads. These companies shout out that their efforts to bring gas to markets are a patriotic effort to build the nation's "energy security"--something from which we will all benefit. However, in the present situation, the gas pipelines being laid will be used to transport Eagle Ford produced natural gas to an LNG port in Corpus Christi, from where it will be shipped to China for sale by these companies. As a result, natural gas prices will stand a good chance to rise on the international market, which will thus secure rather greater profits for these oil and gas corporations. Higher gas prices will not benefit the American people. The temporary jobs that pipeline-laying brings fade and the token amounts, compared to foreseen corporate profits) paid to US citizens for pipeline right-of-way will dissolve. At the same time, rising energy prices will threaten this nation's economic recovery, raid US families' pockets, and increase the profit margins of these corporations. Hundreds if not thousands of Americans will have been forced to sacrifice their private property on the altar of corporate profits, rather than the public good, in spite of their appeal to eminent domain’s original purpose. Seems to me that laying these facts on the table makes their appeal to "eminent domain" logic stand on its head. Eminent domain has become a club they use to batter US citizens into compliance with their terms "or else", rather than truly a means to contribute to the public good as a whole. Let's pull the mask off this abuse of "public domain" and see what's really going on here, folks.
Too often, studens are labeled even without the input of juvenile offense records. And students tend to behave as labeled. Teachers should see each student as a human person with dignity, with potential, and approach any problematic behavior in them with respect, understanding, intelligence and the belief that they, like all children, have at their core, goodness that only needs to be discovered and brought to the surface. Juvenile records only give poor teachers "ammunition" with which to label and scapegoat some students who need understanding and support to overcome their difficulties. That is the job of a teacher--to bring out the best in each student. Juvenile records are for law enforcement and courts.
My, my. "Gasland. . .a fraud". Where have you been? Flaming faucets a fraud? Check out the link to the EPA's letter to Rangeland Resources about the dangerous level of methane they found in many people's homes after their fracking activity in the Ft. Worth area: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/120710...
Denial can be dangerous to your health. Facing the truth means you have a chance to make sure you and your family are safe, and that the money you make won't have to be spent on cancer treatments and funerals.