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Carl, I don't necessarily disagree with anything you said, but this isn't going to make a noticeable difference to the future of coal. Fracking and cheap natural gas is what's killing coal, and Trump plans to make fracking even easier. At best, existing coal-fired power plants will keep running longer than they might have under the CPP, but I don't think we'll ever see another brand new coal-fired power plant build in the US.
Brita Horn seems to pick fights were they aren't necessary. Perhaps she thinks such grandstanding advances her in the eyes of the voters, but she ought to ask last elected department head to pick so many fights with the Commissioners (Sheriff Wall) how that worked out for him.
As for the confidentiality agreement, she should never have agreed to such a condition. How hard is it to say "ain't gonna happen Peabody, this settlement must be a matter of public record"?
Chances are the agreement with the Winter Sports Club would so tie an operator's hands that it would be near impossible to implement much in the way of new business models. And who would be responsible for major capital expenses, like fixing the hill every time it slides?
The City should just rent the whole thing to the Winter Sports Club for a dollar. If it's so valuable to them, they'll find a way to make it work.
"Aetna does not want to pay for sick people"
I'm sure they'd be more than happy to do so if their healthy customers would just agree to pay higher premiums to cover the additional costs. So if you want to blame anyone, blame healthy people (who are not signing up for ACA policies for the same reason).
Where do we get this idea that affordability necessarily means properties that have some sort of restriction on them? Market rate apartments can be affordable, in the normal sense of the word, if they can be developed at a low enough cost. Regardless of the merits or not of all the zoning rules that opponents point out, they add to the cost and therefore work against affordability.
If I crash my car into something and damage it, aren't I (or my insurance company) responsible for paying for the repairs?
Does anyone know what email system the city is using and what mechanism they provide for users to access their accounts outside the city's internal network?
Unless they're doing something totally out of whack with common practice, there should be no reason councilors can't access both their personal and city email accounts on a single device (smartphone, tablet, computer). In which case protestations that it's too hard to use the appropriate email account ring hollow...
Nancy, there is no $5B pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We need to make hard choices if we're going to control health care costs.
If you look at any of the single-payer healthcare solutions in other advanced countries, they control costs in two major ways:
paying providers (hospitals, doctors, nurses) significantly less than they are paid in US
being very strict on what is and isn't covered, to the point they make US insurance companies look all warm and cuddly. It's the golden rule - he who has the gold makes the rules. If you want to make your own decisions on healthcare, you have to pay for it yourself.
1,600 houses in thirty years is 53 houses a year - probably less than 150 new residents. That does not seem too onerous in a town of 10,000 people. If we aren't able or willing to accommodate even that modest level of growth, then housing affordability is a pipedream...
What a ridiculous sentence. Sure, she's a habitual criminal and deserves to spend a very long time in prison. But she didn't kill anyone. It's all very well "to send a strong message" but when you give this woman 82 years, what do you have to give a murderer for there to be any sense of proportionality? 200 years?
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