Story and Photo By Ken Krayeske • 10:30 AM EST
"Varmint rifle, youth guns,” the signs at Cabela's gun rack announced when I visited there in November 2008.
Does that mean we can shoot the kids?
As we approach the end of Governor Rell's taxpayer funded vacation, it is worthwhile to examine her legacy. Gov. Wiecker gave us the income tax, Gov. Rowland gave us UConn 2000 and campuses in downtown Waterbury and Hartford, and Gov. Rell, she gave $10 million in taxpayer money to Cabela's.
Riding in, I saw UTC "it's too expensive to do business in Connecticut so we're moving to Turkey and Poland where can abuse the labor more" fuel cells in front. This is greenwashing at its best. They say clean, but they run on natural gas, a fossil fuel which is the most hydrogen rich fuel source around. So there are few emissions, but what about mining the gas?
I read that they cost $860,000, but that Cabela’s will save $60,000 a year in electricity costs. Why do the perks of the green society go to private industry? Any city government in Connecticut would be thrilled to save $60,000 a year in electrical costs. Why do policy choices automatically, almost reflexively, go to creating incentives for business, and the public sphere?
So, suppose that the city of Hartford purchased a few of those fuel cells with state aid, and ran its electrical costs for itself, the Wadsworth, the Hartford Public Library and the MDC off of it. No, makes too much sense.
This is Governor Rell's Legacy in three parts.