When Words Fail, We are Alone with the Names of the Dead
While the rest of the world goes off it’s beezer and rolls in the blood of baby corn, Meanwhile, back in Court…Sierra Club and Columbia Riverkeeper, Citizens Against LNG, and the American Public Gas Association have filed comments with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
This is what protest looks like: No the application filed by LNG Development Company, LLC (d/b/a Oregon LNG) to export LNG. Issues raised in the comments include potential environmental damage resulting from increased hydraulic fracturing and higher natural gas prices to American consumers that could result from approval of the proposal. The filings are available on DOE's website under Docket No. 12-77-LNG.
And It Just Desn't Smell Like News If The Police Aren't Involved....
Not only do the Portland police want the right to shield their own from the consequences of their own crimes against the people they are paid to serve and protect, now they also want to overturn the will of voters in the community that pays them to serve and protect.
The Portland police union is challenging reforms voters overwhelmingly approved this month to the Portland Fire and Police Disability and Retirement Fund. The reforms are expected to save taxpayers $47 million over 25 years.
This week Portland Police Association filed a grievance with city officials to block the reforms from taking effect. The union contends the city failed to negotiate changes that will affect members' pension and disability benefits.
And as if that wasn't enough, the union wants the city to restore past practice and make its approximately 950 members "whole in all ways, plus interest."
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman called the union's move disturbing. He said he wants the city to pursue a state legislative change that would insulate the public safety pension and disablity fund, as well as the city's general fund, from such challenges.
"As far as I'm concerned, nothing is going to stop the reforms from taking effect," Saltzman said. "It's pretty outrageous that the police association files a grievance to block what voters overwhelmingly approved -- that they don't feel honor-bound to the will of the voters."
Portland police Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, filed the grievance on Tuesday, one week after 75 percent of city voters approved the reform package.
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