Relying on sure things should be the emphasis from here on out in the [tag]NYRI[/tag] fight.
From what we’ve seen, I don’t think there will be a piece of legislation that could legally and completely [tag]stop NYRI[/tag], or companies like it. Let’s put it this way, if politicians could or wanted to craft such a bill, they would have done it already.
But honestly, the constitution and the law books shouldn’t have to be re-written to fit our needs every time something happens that we don’t like.
For example: Let’s say you’re in a bar and somebody bought your girlfriend/boyfriend a drink while you were over at the jukebox – selecting $20 dollars worth of Meatloaf tunes. You wouldn’t ask your congressman to make hitting on people in a bar illegal – you’d ask the weasel who tried to move-in on your old lady/old man if they would care to step outside and partake in a loser-leaves-town street fight.
We have to take NYRI head-on – and the loser will literally leave town. We have to prove that 16 people do not know what is best for us. We have to prove that we know what’s best for us. No matter how much we’d like to, we can’t railroad NYRI by changing the rules as we go along – not only giving them something to cry about later, but giving them ammunition to say we can’t, and won’t, take care of ourselves.
Political opposition keeps the project in the news – but organization, research, testimony, and information are what is going to beat NYRI. As Sherburne’s NYRI opposition Attorney Dan Duthie says, “We have to offer a proposal that is superior to theirs.”
All the upstaters I’ve ever known have only wanted a level playing field – whether it’s for us or our enemies. Winning a fair fight feels a lot better than winning a rigged one – unless your a real POS (pardon my Quebec).
So I say bring on the PSC. We’ve got the rules, we’ve got a place to play, all we need is the equipment, the players, and a bad attitude.
I say let the politicians raise the funding – and let the [tag]citizens do the fighting[/tag].