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  • coco
    March 23, 2013 - 09:36

    It’s like having a dependent relative living with you who’s on income support or receives a small pension. You have the power of attorney. You make a purchase and take the payments out of their cheque. They might have the ability to kick up a bit about it but you just keep on telling them that the purchase is necessary for the good of their future and everybody else’s. You try to appease them with a box of donuts to show how nice you really are. Or, you rent out your basement to a young couple who are both making minimum wage for $900/mo. They will never ever be able to save a down payment for their own home but they have nowhere else to live and what you are doing isn’t illegal. After all, everybody else is doing it. Are you taking advantage? Would what you are doing be considered abuse? Some people have the power to infringe on other people’s dignity for their own personal gain or for whatever reasons they so choose. For Mrs. Dunderdale, the future has never looked brighter but she appears to have no clue about how much her vision will cost the underclass or maybe she just doesn’t give a muskrat’s dam. We may not like the situation that we find ourselves in this day; but there’s nothing anyone can actually do about it except to just let history take its course.

  • Cyril Rogers
    March 23, 2013 - 09:33

    The problem with this government is that they have no real concept of how to deal with difficult circumstances. They are like the spoiled child who always had lavish allowances(oil revenues) and bought friendships(the willing electorate). Suddenly, the money is scarce and so are the friendships! Now, they are pouting and in panic mode, issuing all kinds of announcements, pronouncements, and press releases. Even engaging in a $400,000 promotion of Muskrat Falls was sheer folly on their part but...hey, it's only the people's money they were using! The fact that the legislature would rubber stamp their decision made that whole propaganda effort totally redundant but...they just couldn't stand up to any public criticism. The "naysayers'" words were just hurting their feelings! How pathetic!

    • Too Funny
      March 23, 2013 - 22:51

      "The problem with this government is that they have no real concept of how to deal with difficult circumstances." Are you trying to imply that we ever had a government that knew how to deal with difficult circumstances?

  • Maurice E. Adams
    March 23, 2013 - 07:39

    Absolutely. It's time that was said. Also, Muskrat is not really an 'investment' because there is no revenue from Emera for 35 years, sales to mining companies (if any) will only be at prices about 80% LESS THAN COST, and a major part of the revenue from island ratepayers will have to go to operating and debt servicing costs (almost $15 BILLION over 50 years) and in any event, government is taking the money out of the pockets of ratepayers and putting it in the coffers of Nalcor and government (so, an investment for whom?). More like a major TAX GRAB to me.

  • derrick
    March 23, 2013 - 07:19

    If memory serves "Culverts" are considered an asset at about $1000. each installed, several years ago the province required a report on infrastructure in small towns, it included every item, even when the objects/property had no real value.