Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Now We Know
The expert in "bird strikes" on airplanes around airports is experienced, respected, and totally credible. He is a strong speaker that leaves no wiggle room for avoiding imminent tragedy if the expansion goes forward. His expertise is sought worldwide, and spoke on the subject after the "Miracle on the Hudson" on CNN.
One cannot deny his knowledge.
No longer is the argument about what will seep into our water and hurt us down the road, or the increased traffic to the site, or any of the other excellent arguments to prevent the expansion. This one is about death, not down the road, but immediately.
Those that are for the expansion of the landfill cannot ignore this man, and his testimony. If they do their names will be attached to any tragedies that come from the expansion. It is not like it would be if they went ahead, and there was no airport around. They would be accused of ignoring a world class expert of the imminent danger of expanding the landfill next door to an airport, and the very real possibility the increased birds population at the landfill will take down a plane.
And where would that plane come down? What part of town? Whose house? What schoolyard?
After a tragedy occurs the investigations begin. Who signed off on this project? Were they warned about the what could happen? Why did they choose to ignore it? And, then they will look to see exactly why such a strong warning was ignored. Forensic accountants will examine bank accounts, and phone records in order to determine if their was something that made the choice to go forward easier for those in power.
And, this will happen immediately, not 20 years down the road.
The video is entitled, "Now You Know". Very appropriate. It puts the ball into the court of the expansionists. They have been warned by the leading expert, and he has stated that nowhere in North America is an airport sharing the same parcel of land as a landfill.
Since none of those involved in expanding the landfill want a tragedy, or the consequences that would befall each of them after such an event, the issue of expanding the landfill is now dead.
I predict the expansion will be abandoned, and if not, then start lining up the forensic accountants because it is then obvious to all that something else was placed in higher regard than human life.
Now we know.
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=LH4S_EdzUnY