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  • Will Cole
    January 26, 2013 - 10:27

    Ted Lewis reminds me of Phil Sprung. The only difference is this time it's wood pellets instead of cucumbers. The editorial states that the pellet plant "sits idle now". Unfortunately, the funding provided by the NL taxpayer via a questionable government subsidy process "sits idle now" as well.

    • Foghorn Leghorn
      January 27, 2013 - 14:00

      The only difference between Sprung and wood pellets is that in the end the old Sprung site was redeveloped into a substantial real estate development with tens of millions of dollars of residential construction. Somehow I don't think we have to worry about that happening in Roddickton!

    • david
      January 28, 2013 - 14:48

      So FL, should one conclude form your post that if a taxpayer swindle takes place at a location that eventually, completely serendipitously, becomes "valueable" for alternative development, that this should relieve any feelings of anger or resentment? If so, perhaps you could provide the "definitive" list of acceptable future locations for boondoggles and embezzlement, just to make it easy next time.

  • david
    January 26, 2013 - 09:39

    Actually, this was touted to be a viable business idea (ha!) on little more than the potential demand on the island alone for cheaper heat. A small problem with that was almost no one on the island had pellet--burning stoves. Again, the govenment steps in with a whopping $2000 consumer grant for converting to a pellet stove.....BUT which required consumers to have such stoves "properly installed" by a registered furnace professional, at a set price of ---and this shows how the free market is so undeniably shrewd --- $1600. With the entire financial incentive now lost, very few consumers converted to pellet stoves. Long story short: the only thing that eventually got "incinerated" was not pellets, but taxpayer money...again.

    • why govt does not want this to succeed
      January 27, 2013 - 16:26

      Muskrat Falls, get with the program people

  • saelcove
    January 26, 2013 - 09:10

    2013 and Newfoundland is still operates as it did in the fifties and sixties