MjH | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

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Re: “Will IBM Sell Its Essex Junction Plant? Vermont Officials Say They Don't Know

The meteor that will bring IBM Chips in VT extinction is in the state’s orbital path; I hope government officials do not blindly try to make us believe it is not going to happen.

Once the company is transferred to a partner/buyer (my bet is on GF) and the IP resources are sucked dry (see the beginning of the that end in this story: “IBM to send up to 200 workers to GlobalFoundries” http://bit.ly/1jcd8JU), I envision the end of the plant within this decade.

On one hand, however, I commend the thought leaders of GBIC for their pragmatic thinking.

But wow – what a barrel corporate America has taxpayers over. Despite no confirmations or denials of an impending sale, a multi-national, multi-billion profit generating corporation has groups lining up suggesting to hand over checks and line up other support for taxpayer dollars to take care of retraining (potentially) off-loaded resources (AKA: people) – just like the state of Vermont has had to do with other previous “Resource Actions” (RA).

And all for what and who “wins”? IBM minimizes their costs of closing down a fab and Singapore who will most likely pick up off-shored jobs (as noted here: “Analyst, economist weigh potential of IBM sale to Globalfoundries” http://bit.ly/1nBaiz6).

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Posted by MjH on 06/24/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor (6/18/14)

I'm all for maintaining the existing road system but wow, an amazingly selfish and simple-minded, car-loving message from @Nancy Berger above. Which is the more economically friendly solution: roads or bike co-sharing bike lanes? Throw in the overall health benefits from well thought out bike lanes and voila, the answer is apparent.

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Posted by MjH on 06/24/2014 at 1:08 PM

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